Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

PM Abbasi, Ishaq Dar reach London to meet Nawaz Sharif

72nd UN General Assembly's Session in New York and Pakistan efforts to promote regional peace Pakistan concerned over Guardian drones deal between India and US
Melinda Barton | 17 September, 2017, 07:07

Abbasi is scheduled to reach NY on Monday and address the United Nations general Assembly on Thursday.

Sources in the party informed that on 19th of this month no one from Sharif family would appear before the NAB court Islamabad as nearly the whole family would be out of the country in London while the party leadership meeting would also be held after the Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's visit to USA where he is scheduled to address the United Nations General Assembly annual session on September 21 and on his way back he would join the other senior party leaders in London.

Talking to US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him at the PM House, Mr Abbasi said: "It is important for Pakistan and US to stay engaged for pursuing common objectives and other issues of mutual interest".

The development comes a day after Musharraf was declared a proclaimed offender and a fugitive in connection with the murder of the former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

It was a dressing down that left Pakistan feeling humiliated. "We will say we don't know anything", said Musharraf in an interview to the channel.

PM Abbasi's meeting with VP Pence would be the highest contact between the two sides since the policy was announced on Aug 21.

The Foreign Office said that the position of Pakistan, "especially highlighting the acts of espionage, terrorism and sabotage committed" by Jadhav in Pakistan, "which resulted in the loss of many lives of Pakistanis", would be submitted to the ICJ soon.

It was agreed that the decades long relations between Pakistan and the U.S. should be further strengthened through multifaceted engagement.

An official explained that Abbasi-Pence meeting would provide an opportunity for understanding USA position and explaining Pakistani stance to the other side.

"Pakistan has received the Memorial (written pleadings) from the International Court of Justice, submitted by the Government of India" in Jadhav's case, the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

Despite challenges in their relationship, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States have launched a new trilateral mechanism to counter Daesh threat.