ISLAMABAD  - Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Wednesday underscored that greater liaison between security and law enforcement agencies of Pakistan and UK in counter-insurgency would be significant for enhancing capability in fight against terrorism.

He gave these remarks while talking to British Secretary of State for Defence Michael Fallon, who called on him here at the Punjab House. Nisar said the two countries needed to work closely for implementing security roadmap that agreed upon during his visit to UK in May 2014.

A statement issued by the Ministry of Interior says that Pak-UK bilateral relations, mutual cooperation under Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD), war against militants, capacity building of law enforcing agencies, sharing of mutual experiences and expertise to effectively fight the emergent challenges were discussed during the meeting. Reconciliatory process in Afghanistan and overall regional situation also came under discussion.

At the outset of the meeting, Chaudhry Nisar congratulated visiting dignitary on his re-election and Conservative Party's win in recent elections in UK.

He expressed hope that existing relations would further strengthen and close cooperative equation enjoyed by two countries would continue its upward trajectory under new dispensation in UK.

The interior minister expressed his satisfaction over progress being made towards further cementing bilateral cooperation under ambit of Enhanced Strategic Dialogue

and observed that with our shared concerns over many critical issues most notably peace in the region, the ESD mechanism was proving instrumental in bringing the two governments and its institutions further closer to each other.

Michael Fallon while highlighting excellent relations between the two countries said his government was keen to further strengthen its multifaceted relations with Pakistan and during next five years the existing cooperation would be further strengthened.

Appreciating interior minister's overview of current situation, the British Minister expressed his satisfaction over level of cooperation between the two countries and observed that in view of great prospects, the existing level of cooperation can be further raised.

He assured his government's continued cooperation with Pakistan in its efforts towards socio-economic development and towards ensuring long-lasting peace in the region.