US Version of Pompeo’s Phone Call to Khan ‘Contrary to Facts’

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A foreign Office spokesperson said there was no mention of the presence of terrorists in Pakistan during conversation between the two.

Among other issues which were discussed in the second cabinet meet of Imran Khan's government, it ordered an audit of all mega transport projects carried out in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces which were sanctioned during the previous government.

"I can only say we stand by our readout", spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters on Thursday, according to Reuters. "This should be immediately corrected", Mr Faisal said on Twitter.

He announced that Pompeo is expected to visit Islamabad on September 5, adding: "We believe the early interaction (between the two sides) will prove beneficial".

Amidst controversy regarding the central government refusing any foreign assistance for the Kerala flood relief, newly elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday expressed his grief for the many lives lost in the flood-hit south Indian state and also assured to "provide any humanitarian assistance" if required.

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

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After Pompeo and Khan's call, the state department issued a press release about the conversation held between the dignitaries.

Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party swept last month's general election, has been a strong critic of the United States military policy in Afghanistan.

The prime minister also chose to stop using special plane for foreign visits or domestic travelling and use business class. Pompeo had called Khan to congratulate him on taking office as the country's Prime Minister.

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.

Before the election he repeatedly blamed Pakistan's participation in the US-led anti-terror campaign for the surge in terrorism on home soil over the last decade.

Mr Qureshi said Pompeo's visit could help improve bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad. Qureshi said that Pakistan also wanted to benefit from the opportunities that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) offered to its member countries.

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