ISLAMABAD  - Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will be visiting United States for a meeting with President Obama on October 23rd.

"The meeting with President Obama has been set for Oct 23. The programme and agenda of the visit is being worked out", Foreign Office spokesperson Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry told weekly Press briefing on Thursday. Commenting on the external dimension of terror incidents in Pakistan, the spokesperson said that each terrorist incident requires thorough investigation.

"The possibility of foreign hand cannot be ruled out. It is for the law-enforcement authorities to find out the facts", he added.  On the drone strikes, he said that Pakistan's position has been very clear. "We believe that the drone strikes are counter-productive. They fan militancy and have human rights and humanitarian implications. We have taken up this matter bilaterally with the US", he added. Giving a review of the Prime Minister's visit to the UN General Assembly, Foreign Office spokesperson said that the visit of the Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to New York remained very successful.

He pointed out that the Prime Minister interacted with a number of world leaders and addressed various meetings and apprised the international community of Pakistan's priorities.

The spokesperson said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the international community that drones strikes are against sovereignty as well as international law. He said drones fan terrorism and Pakistan has shown always resistance against them. About meeting of Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif with his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh, he said all the issues including Kashmir, water, terrorism, and Sir Creek came under discussion during this meeting.

He said both the sides agreed to take immediate steps to stabilise the situation on the Line of Control. He said immediate take away of the meeting was agreement that both Director General Military Operations will meet soon.

The spokesperson said Pakistan has a clear stance on Kashmir dispute, adding, "We believe it must be resolved according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people and United Nations resolutions".

When asked about Indian involvement in Balochistan, he said, whenever, Pakistan and India will talk on composite dialogue, Pakistan would raise this issue.