ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif yesterday said there was a need to promote soft image of Pakistan at the United Nations.

He said this while talking to Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations, who called on him here yesterday.

The PM said that Pakistan should be promoted as a progressive democratic state at the world body.

“We should effectively utilize our presence in the UN to project a positive and soft image of Pakistan as a progressive democratic state, committed to the wellbeing and prosperity of its people, and to regional and international peace and security,” as official statement quoted the PM as saying.

Sharif appreciated the representation of Pakistan at UN saying the Mission’s responsibility in strengthening Pakistan’s role and contribution to the UN in the months ahead will be important.

Dr Lodhi briefed the prime minister on the endeavours of the Mission to protect and promote Pakistan’s interests.

She told Sharif the international community supported Pakistan’s successful counter-terrorism efforts. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi was also present during the meeting.

Meanwhile, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman called on the PM and apprised him of various professional matters pertaining to the Pakistan Air Force.

According to a statement, the PM appreciated the effective role of Pakistan Air Force in the successful military operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Nawaz assured the air chief the government will not compromise on the defence needs of the armed forces.

He said the Pakistan Air Force had rendered great sacrifices for the country and the nation acknowledged their services.