ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be seeking assurances from British counterpart Prime Minister David Cameron and some of his cabinet ministers for support against threats to his government, during his three-day official visit to the United Kingdom beginning from Wednesday.
Well-placed government sources told The Nation on Sunday that the Prime Minister would discuss threats to his government and democracy, war against terrorism and counter-terrorism and regional security including situation in Afghanistan. Both the leaders, the sources said, will deliberate on bilateral relations, Pak-India ties as well as Pak-Afghan relations including Presidential elections, peace and reconciliation process and withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan.
On the other hand, when contacted the Foreign Office Spokesperson did not respond to query seeking to know about specific issues the Prime Minister Sharif would be discussing with the British government with a view that Foreign Office had already issued a statement, saying “Matters of mutual interest will be discussed.” According to the Foreign Office statement, the Prime Minister is visiting the United Kingdom on an official visit from 30th April at the invitation of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
During the visit, Nawaz will hold discussions with his British counterpart on matters of mutual interest. The Prime Minister will also hold meetings with select UK Cabinet Ministers.
Apart from meeting members of the Pakistani Diaspora, the Prime Minister will also address an Investment Conference and meet select chief executives and investors from the financial and energy sectors. The interaction will apprise investors on improving business environment in Pakistan.
It is reliably learnt that Sharif would be offering special incentives to the potential investors not only in the energy sector but also more precisely for textile sector in order to capitalise on opportunity as the result of GSP Plus package offered to Pakistan by the European Union in lieu of its sacrifices in war against terrorism. The GSP Plus offers free excess to Pakistani traders particularly the textile products to the European markets.
The statement further said that the visit would further strengthen the close cooperation and excellent relationship, which exists between Pakistan and United Kingdom.