Pakistan says US statement ‘incorrect’, no mention of ‘terrorists operating in Pakistan’ in call to Imran Khan

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The Pakistan government has rejected as “factually incorrect” a statement issued by the US State Department on the phone call between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

In a message on Twitter, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said there was no mention of “terrorists operating in Pakistan” during the conversation, and urged the US State Department to “immediately correct” the statement.

Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today’s phone call btwn PM Khan & Sec Pompeo. There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan. This shd be immediately corrected,” Faisal tweeted.

Earlier, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a statement had said that Pompeo had raised the importance of “Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process”, during his conversation on phone with Pakistan’s newly elected prime minister.

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Pompeo also expressed his willingness to work with the Imran Khan government towards a “productive bilateral relationship”, the US statement said.

Welcoming Imran Khan as the new PM, the US on Wednesday had expressed willingness to work together to promote “peace and prosperity” in Pakistan and the region.

Imran Khan was sworn in as prime minister of Pakistan in Islamabad on August 18. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and former cricketer won the general elections in July. Though the PTI fell short of a majority, it won a simple majority in parliament.