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In an unusual move, Pakistan has asked the USA to "immediately correct" a readout issued by the State Department in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying that he asked Pakistan's new prime minister to take "decisive action" against all terrorists operating in the country.

"The impression that has been given in their press release, in which they are mentioning "terrorists operating in Pakistan", is contrary to the facts with reality".

Pakistan's Foreign Office Spokesman Mohammad Faisal denied in a tweet that the issue of terrorism had been discussed at all.

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

However, US State Department spokesperson, Heather Nauert, who issued the readout about Pompeo-Khan phone call, asserted that the state secretary had raised Islamabad's importance of taking decisive action against terrorist outfits operating in Pakistan, and added, "We stand by its original readout".

"The conversation between the secretary of state and the prime minister of Pakistan, you will be surprised to know.was a very good conversation".

"He congratulated Imran Khan and told him that the United States wants a productive relationship with Pakistan".

Pompeo is due to visit Pakistan early next month and Qureshi said he looks forward to the early engagement and interaction with his usa counterpart for regional peace and stability, saying he believed they "will prove beneficial".


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

Later briefing the media at the Banigala residence of Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said: "Dr Arif Alvi will become the president of Pakistan as the PTI has the support of the required number of voters".

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

Pompeo is expected to meet with Khan on September 5, which Reuters reports is expected to be the new leader's first reception with a foreign dignitary.

Reports say Pompeo is likely to visit Pakistan in September and hold talks with the newly elected prime minister.

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

Qureshi said that Pakistan had already been added to the Financial Task Force's "grey list" and his government is expected to do something about it.

He said the government had chose to launch two new channels of PTV, one dedicated to sports, except cricket, and PTV Sports shall be rebranded as PTV Cricket.


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