Pakistan fully capable to handle its security matters – PM


Islamabad : Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammedmian Soomro Wednesday reiterated Pakistan’s stance, not to allow any foreign forces to operate within its territory under any circumstances.He said sovereignty of the state would not be compromised at any level as the government and people are fully capable to handle their security matters themselves.

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The Prime Minister was talking to Pakistan’s Ambassador in United States, Mehmud Ali Durrani, who called on him here.

He said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and has joined the international community in war against terrorism as an equal partner.

The contribution made by Pakistan in this regard has been recognized throughout the world, he added.

He said the price paid by Pakistan being a frontline state cannot be undermined by certain irrational comments

by some presidential candidates in US.

The nuclear assets of Pakistan, he said, are fully guarded by a reliable command and control system and the apprehensions expressed in this context are nothing but lack of knowledge.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s foreign policy is based on peaceful coexistence and friendly relations with all the major powers of the world.

He said the close friendly relations with United States are based on shared values and common objectives to ensure peace and security in the world.

“Our bilateral relations are focused on promoting economic ties and better understanding of challenges confronting the region. Our interactions with the leadership of the United States have always been very fruitful,” he added.

The Prime Minister said the understanding shown by the US Administration to the geo-political situation of Pakistan and our commitment to the cause of international peace has always been appreciated.

Ambassador Mehmud Ali Durrani apprised the Prime Minister of the perceptions about Pakistan in the American media and as perceived by the US administration.

He mentioned that the bilateral relations in various spheres are balanced and progressing satisfactorily.

He also informed the Prime Minister about the contribution being made by the Pakistani community in facilitating efforts to improve the image of Pakistan in US.