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Foolproof security for nuclear assets, says Nawaz Sharif

Sharif leaves for four-day visit to US, wants strategic talks move forward.

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Published: Tue 20 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Tue 20 Oct 2015, 10:12 AM

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that success in operation Zarb-e-Azb bears witness to Pakistan's commitment in war against terrorism.
He was talking to the media before leaving for the US on 4-day official visit on Monday.
He said that Pakistan-US ties are moving ahead satisfactorily. Pakistan has its democratic values being a sovereign state. Pakistan played role of front line state in war on terror. Success in operation Zarb-e-Azb bears evidence of our commitment to fight terrorism.
The premier expressed his desire to move forward Pakistan-US strategic talks in multidimensional manner.
Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and it has made foolproof security arrangements to safeguard its nuclear assets.
He mentioned efforts and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in 'war on terror' saying Pakistan is fighting war for the sake of peace and prosperity in South Asia.
The prime minister has left for the US on a four-day visit. A range of issues including bilateral ties, regional scenario particularly situation in Afghanistan and Indian provocation will figure during his talks with US president Barack Obama.
Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Lt-Gen. Rizwan Akhtar met the PM and briefed him in connection with his US visit.
Sharif later left for the US on 4-day visit along with a 12-member delegation. First lady Kalsoom Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of the PM, and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are also accompanying premier. The prime minister will stay in London for one day before flying to the US. Sharif has also directed Defence Minister Khawaja Asif to reach Washington from China. Adviser to the PM on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has already left for the US. The premier will meet US President Barack Obama on 0ctober 22 at the White House in Washington and will discuss wide spectrum of issues including cooperation in different sectors including energy, trade and matters with reference to terrorism, situation in Afghanistan and unprovoked firing and violation of borders by Indian forces.
He will also meet US vice president Biden, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee and members of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US officials and Secretary of State John Kerry. He will have a business interaction with Pakistan-US Business Council and US Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The PM will also address a think tank, the US Institute of Peace.

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