Terrorism not invoked during Pompeo-Imran call

A telephone conversation between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has stirred up controversy, with Islamabad calling Washington's account of the discussion "factually incorrect".

Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Imran Khan.

However, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert indicated there would be no correction in response to Pakistan's complaint.

"Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship", Nauert said in a statement.

The Trump Administration has been at loggerheads with Pakistan after the American president's New Year's tweet, accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists.

"Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today's phone call btwn PM Khan & Sec Pompeo", he wrote.

It all started with a telephonic call between PM Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

"It has been decided that all the top government officials, including the president, prime minister, chief justice, senate chairman, speaker national assembly and the chief ministers will travel in club/business", Chaudhry said.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan today said that his country stands with people of flood ravaged Kerala who have suffered a devastating spell of flood and offered to extend "humanitarian aid" to the southern state.

The US Secretary of State felicitated Imran Khan on his success in the general election and formation of government in Pakistan.

".the impression, which was given. where they're saying that they mentioned terrorists' presence in Pakistan, that is against the reality", Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday.

"I look forward to Pompeo's visit and to engage with him for peace and stability and look at areas where both countries stand to gain", the foreign minister added. "I will never want Pakistan to be on the blacklist since it entails negative economic and other consequences", he said.

The controversy holds great importance, as it is the first formal contact between the United States and Pakistan after the new government in Islamabad has taken office.

  • Joey Payne