During his address to the UN, Sharif is expected to talk about his counter-terrorism policy and other initiatives he is taking to bring peace to the region.

However, analysts said Sunday’s suicide attack on a historic church in Peshawar that killed 60 people, a majority of them Christians, would be a severe setback to Sharif’s plans to hold talks with the Taliban and militant groups.

Sharif is expected to hold a meeting with Prime Minister Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly on September 29. He will not hold a bilateral meeting with US President Barack Obama.

During his weeklong stay in the US‚ Sharif will hold bilateral meetings with several world leaders on the margins of the General Assembly. Speaking at Chaklala airbase in Rawalpindi before his departure‚ Sharif said he will discuss the promotion of economic and trade ties during his meetings with world leaders.

Pakistan is a peace loving country and wants good relations with all neighbouring countries, including India, for the maintenance of peace in the region, he said. Sharif was seen off by Information Minister Pervez Rashid‚ Political Secretary to the Prime Minister Asif Kirmani and other senior officials.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi are accompanying Sharif to New York.

(Agencies)

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