Islamabad: Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif has said that success in operation Zarb-e-Azb bears witness to Pakistan’s commitment in war against terrorism.

He said this while speaking to journalists before leaving for US on 4-day official visit today.

He said that Pakistan-US ties are moving ahead satisfactorily. Pakistan has its democratic values being a sovereign state. Pakistan played role of front line state in war against terrorism. Success in operation Zarb-e-Azb bears evidence of our commitment in war against terrorism.

PM expressed his desire to move forward on Pak-US strategic talks in multidimensional manner. Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state and it has made fool proof security arrangements for safeguarding its nuclear assets.

He mentioned of endeavors and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in war against terrorism by saying “Pakistanis are fighting war for the sake of peace and prosperity in South Asia.”

PM has left for US on a 4-day visit. A range of issues including bilateral ties, regional scenario particularly situation in Afghanistan and Indian provocation will figure, during his talks with US President Barack Obama.

 Director General Inter Services Intelligence (DG ISI) Lieutenant General Rizvan Akhtar held a meeting with PM Nawaz Sharif and briefed him in connection with his US visit. PM later left for US on 4-day visit along with a 12-member delegation. First lady Kalsoom Nawaz, Maryam Nawaz, daughter of PM and interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan are also accompanying PM.

PM will also stay in London for one day before his visit to US. PM has also directed defence minister Khawaja Asif to reach Washington from China. Advisor to PM on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has already left for US.

He will also meet US vice president Biden, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee and members of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, US officials and Secretary of State John Kerry.

He will have business interaction with Pakistan-US Business Council and US Chamber of Commerce and Industry. PM will also address a think tank, the US Institute of Peace.