Pompeo Seeks 'Decisive Action' Against Terrorists In Pakistan

Pompeo Seeks 'Decisive Action' Against Terrorists In Pakistan

"There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan".

Qureshi said Pompeo's visit could help improve bilateral relations between Washington and Islamabad.

The spokesperson's clarification came after the newly-elected Imran Khan government in Pakistan hit out the US asking it to immediately correct the "factually incorrect" statement issued by the US State Department.

When asked about Pakistan's demand for an apology, US State Department's Spokesperson Heather Nauret in a fresh statement said the US stands by the readout that was issued.

In other words, the USA maintains that the issue was discussed while Pakistan says it was not. "In the Prime Minister's first address, he had said, "You take one step, we will take two", Qureshi was quoted as saying by Geo News.

Pakistan denies the allegation, saying it has acted effectively against all armed groups on its territory.

Khan was sworn in as the prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday.

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But the PTI leader has also vowed to have a "mutually beneficial relationship" with Washington.

Qureshi, while addressing media in his home city of Multan, had said yesterday that Pakistan has "solid evidence" against Jadhav and was hopeful of winning the case against him at the ICJ. "This early interaction would benefit both countries and I am eagerly waiting for him".

The Trump administration is walking a tightrope on its ties with Pakistan amid new attempts to open talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan. What U.S. believes it has said, Pakistan does not believe it has heard.

The US government announced earlier this year that it was suspending all security assistance to Pakistan until Islamabad took "decisive action" against armed groups.

Mr Pompeo, who is expected in Islamabad on September 5, would be the first foreign dignitary to meet Imran Khan, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported, quoting the diplomatic and official sources.

"I am not talking about a revolution in our relation but just suggesting that we should hold talks and don't think if we would make progress or not", he said, adding that an "enabling environment" should be created.

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