Published: Sun, August 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Pakistan Denies US Statement on Pompeo-Imran Khan Conversation

Pakistan Denies US Statement on Pompeo-Imran Khan Conversation

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert stood by the readout on Thursday while speaking to reporters hours after her Pakistani counterpart demanded on Twitter an immediate correction to what he dismissed as "the factually incorrect" US statement.

"There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan", Faisal wrote in a tweet. "This should be corrected immediately".

US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said there would be no correction in response to Pakistan's complaint that the issue of terrorists operating in its territory never came up in the phone call.

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Downplaying the controversy, Qureshi said that the conversation between the secretary of state and the prime minister was "very good".

After Pompeo and Khan's call, the state department issued a press release about the conversation held between the dignitaries. "I can only say we stand by our readout", she said.

Regardless, the US State Department said Washington "stand [s] by our readout", as confirmed by Nauert.

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United States officials routinely raise the issue of Taliban and other militants operating from safe havens in Pakistan, where they plot attacks on United States and Afghan troops across the border.

According to reports, the newly constituted Imran Khan's cabinet during its second meeting banned the discretionary use of state funds of the Prime Minister, federal ministers, members of the National assembly.

Pompeo is expected in Islamabad on September 5, and is likely to be the first foreign dignitary to meet with Khan since he was sworn in.

He is also on record pledging that he would request the prime minister to announce special development package for Sindh that could prove beneficial for both rural and urban areas.

"The Afghan president has pointed towards a peace process and we have to see how Pakistan can help in this process", Qureshi said.

Qureshi also denied having said that Pakistan would win the Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Ties between India and Pakistan nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place, following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan-based terror groups since January 2016.

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