ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is presently in the United States, has summoned a meeting of the federal cabinet for Oct 26, DawnNews quoted sources as saying.

The premier would take the cabinet into confidence over his visit to America and his meetings with US President Barack Obama, US Secretary of State John Kerry and US National Security Advisor Susan Rice.

In his Wednesday meeting with the US president, the prime minister brought up the issue of drone attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas and urged that an end be brought to the campaign. The issue of Kashmir and Pakistan’s relations with India also came under discussion during the meeting.

The cabinet, in its coming meeting, is also scheduled to discuss the issue of holding talks with the Pakistani Taliban. In September, political parties represented in the parliament had affirmed their support for the federal government so it may initiate “talks with militants”.

Moreover, the operation against criminal elements in Karachi is also on the agenda of the cabinet along with discussions on a strategy to address the country’s energy requirements as well as on the state of the economy.

The prime minister will return to Pakistan tomorrow after a week-long stay in the US to brief the cabinet and is likely to depart for the United Kingdom on Oct 28.

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