SARAJEVO: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday said that there was no presence of Islamic State militant group in Pakistan and the country has destroyed safe havens and sanctuaries of al-Qaeda and the Taliban.

While speaking to a delegation of Bosnian parliamentarians, the premier emphasised on exchange of parliamentary delegations and sharing of their respective expertise.

It was highlighted that strong links between parliaments could also help develop enhanced people to people contacts.

The parliamentarians of Bosnia and Herzegovina included Barisa Colak, Borjana Kristo and Mladen Bosic while Pakistani side included Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi, Pakistan’s Ambassador Lt Gen (r) Salim Nawaz and Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nedim Makarevic.

Later, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the Chairman of Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dr Denis Zvizdic addressing a press conference said that they had agreed to strengthen ties in the field of trade, defence, agriculture and textiles.

Addressing a joint press conference following their meeting here at the Institutions Building (Parliament), the two leaders expressed commitment for establishment of a joint commission to further strengthen their countries mutual relations.

The premier said he had a detailed exchange of views on regional and international matters with the chairman and added that Pakistan stood committed to its support for the progress and prosperity of people of Bosnia and Herzegovina.