Pakistan is winning the war against terrorism: Great Britain

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Mark Lyall Grant, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the United Nations, speaks during an U.N. Security Council emergency meeting called at Russia's request Sunday, April 13, 2014, at United Nations headquarters, to discuss the growing crisis in Ukraine. The meeting comes as the new Ukrainian government declared it would deploy armed forces to quash an increasingly bold pro-Russian insurgency in its eastern region. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Monday said Pakistan is a peace-loving country and pursues the policy of maintaining friendly relationships with all its neighbours.

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In a meeting with Sir Mark Lyall Grant, National Security Adviser of the United Kingdom here at PM House, the Prime Minister said the issue of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) was the core issue between India and Pakistan and its resolution would ensure durable peace in the region.

The Prime Minister said the Kashmir issue must be resolved according to the UN resolutions as per the commitments made by the Indian government.

He urged upon the world community to take note of the grave human rights violations and atrocities committed by Indian forces in IOK.

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The Prime Minister said it was high time that the long- standing issue of IOK was resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Kashmir in accordance with the UN resolutions.

He mentioned that than hundred innocent people had been brutally killed by Indian security forces, hundreds blinded by the use of pellet guns while thousands injured in last few months.

Sir Mark Lyall Grant commended the government of Pakistan for achieving substantial successes in the war against terrorism and extremism.

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He acknowledged the huge sacrifices made by the armed forces, police and other law enforcing agencies in this war.

He said the commitment of political government and armed forces, supported by the people of Pakistan had resulted into phenomenal victory against terrorism.

Sir Mark Lyall Grant congratulated the Prime Minister on successfully completing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) support programme and achieving macroeconomic stability.

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“It is exceedingly positive to learn from DFID (Department for International Development) that Pakistan is showing remarkable improvement in the health and education sectors’, the UK’s National Security Adviser said.

He also appreciated the Prime Minister’s policy of reaching out to the neighbouring countries for establishing cordial relationships with them.

“We encourage and support your efforts for peaceful cooperation with your neighbouring countries,” he added.

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