“Regional peace will remain under threat until there is a balance in armament...We want peace and for that, both countries must put a cap on their defence spending,” Sharif said.

“No one, apart from common people, has suffered from the wars between us,” Sharif said. The premier, currently in Saudi Arabia on a private visit, said he would draft a "comprehensive policy" on Kashmir and other issues after consulting all political parties.

Replying to a question on Afghanistan, Sharif said Pakistan will adopt a policy of "non-interference" while dealing with its neighbour. Pakistan will not support any particular group in Afghanistan at the expense of others, he said. Islamabad supports the Doha process because it is expected to serve regional and international interests, he added.

Sharif said Pakistan will have to adopt the rule of law, end the menace of terrorism and extremism, and create a new political culture in order to be a "civilized nation".

(Agencies)

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