Pakistan disputes USA account of Pompeo-Khan phone call

Pakistan US row Imran Khan

The US State Department readout of the call said Mr Pompeo wished Khan success and also asked Mr Khan to take "decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan". She added that Washington stands by its readout.

Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), speaks to members of media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. Secretary Pompeo spoke with Imran Khan and expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship.

Subsequently, the Foreign Office had categorically rejected the statement of Pompeo's telephonic conversation with Khan, with Dr Mohammad Faisal, its spokesperson, demanding the "factually incorrect statement" should "immediately corrected" by the State Department. "We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed", Imran Khan was quoted saying by ANI.

The Unites States has maintained its secretary of state Michael R. Pompeo told new Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take "decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan" after Pakistan called its account of their telephone conversation "factually incorrect".

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The strong rejection by the MOFA, however, failed to prompt a correction from the US State Department.

"Peace in Afghanistan is vital for peace in Pakistan", he said, adding that President Ashraf Ghani had started a peace process with "militants" and "we have to see what role Pakistan can assume in that".

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.

"Up until now, that [relationship] has been one way", he said in a speech after winning the election.

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He said Pakistan also desired good neighborly relations with India and other countries.

He also said that PTI government has already abolished censorship from Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television.

Khan is well known for his criticism of USA military policy in Afghanistan, but he said after winning elections last week that he seeks better relations with the United States after a series of aid cuts and the suspension of US military training.

Chaudhry claimed that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif used Rs 51 billion discretionary funds in a year.

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