ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday categorically stated  that Kashmir issue is the main pillar of Pakistan’s foreign policy and Pakistan envoys abroad must highlight the sufferings of the people of occupied territory.

Speaking at the concluding session of the three-day conference of Pakistani envoys in Islamabad, the prime minister stated that desire of freedom is running in the blood of Kashmiris. He urged the envoys to convey a message to the world that Kashmir issue is not the internal matter of India.

The PM also emphasized the need for addressing challenges facing the country before they complicate further. He said there are issues on which Pakistan has concerns and it expects other countries to take care of them.

He said other countries might also have legitimate concerns and we will have to understand them.

The PM said peaceful solution to outstanding disputes is imperative for durable peace and prosperity in the region.

He said Pakistan desires peace but this should not be misconstrued as our weakness. He said Pakistan believes in the policy of non-interference and respect of sovereignty.

Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is better placed today to attract foreign investment and in this regard our envoys should project the country's positive image abroad to lure more investment.

Regarding relations with China, the Prime Minister said these have strengthened with the passage of time. He said the CPEC will prove to be a game changer and guarantee regional peace and prosperity. 

Adviser to the PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has achieved monumental achievements in the foreign policy in the past three years.

He said an 'objective assessment' of Pakistan's foreign relations since the PML-N government came to power "does not support the view projected in sections of the media that Pakistan is being isolated and its foreign policy lacks direction".

He touched the CPEC, Pak-China ties, CASA 1000 power project, Tapi gas pipeline, restoration of air links with Central Asian countries, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation membership, resumption of dialogue with US, deeper economic links with EU and Russia and Exporting lab our to Middle Eastern countries as some of the major achievements of the policy.

The envoys attending the conference were Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani (Washington), Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi (United Nations — New York), High Commissioner Abdul Basit (New Delhi), Ambassador Masood Khalid (Beijing), Ambas­sador Qazi Khalilullah (Moscow), Am­bassador Tehmina Janjua (Uni­ted Nations — Geneva and Confe­rence on Disarmament), Ambassador Nagmana Hashmi (Brussels and EU), Ambassador Ayesha Riyaz (Vienna and IAEA) and Ambassador Abrar Hussain (Kabul).