Ready to talk to ‘neighbour’ on serious matters: PM Shehbaz

Ready to talk to ‘neighbour’ on serious matters: PM Shehbaz

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan is ready to hold talks with its “neighbour” on serious issues as wars were not an option anymore.

“We are prepared to talk to them, provided that the neighbour is serious to talk [on] serious matters … because war is no more an option,” he said while addressing a summit on mineral development in Islamabad.

The premier further stated that “Pakistan is, thanks to God, is a nuclear power — not as an aggressor, but for our defence purposes. “And God forbid if there is a nuclear flashpoint, who will live to tell what happened? So war is not an option.”

Shehbaz Sharif also expressed gratitude to the Saudi government and its leadership for their generous support to Pakistan in the time of need.

He said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are two brotherly countries, who always stood by each other through thick and thin and supported the cause of both the countries are every forum and at every moment.

The premier said the most recent example of Saudi support to Pakistan is in achieving the IMF programme and contribution of 2 billion dollars financial assistance to meet the fiscal gap. He said the friendship, brotherhood and fraternity between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is beyond any doubt.