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US stands by remark on terrorists in Pakistan after Islamabad says correct it

On Thursday, US issued a readout stating US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan wherein he also raised the issue of “terrorists operating in Pakistan”

The United States of America has refused a demand by Pakistan to correct an earlier statement that contained a reference to terrorists operating in Pakistan. The US continues to stand by that statement, a top government spokesperson said.

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.

On Thursday, the State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauret had issued a readout stating that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan. The statement contained the phrase “terrorists operating in Pakistan”.

the United States of America has refused a demand by Pakistan to correct an earlier statement that contained a reference to terrorists operating in Pakistan. The US continues to stand by that statement, a top government spokesperson said.

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.

On Thursday, the State Department’s spokesperson Heather Nauret had issued a readout stating that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had a telephonic conversation with Imran Khan. The statement contained the phrase “terrorists operating in Pakistan”.

SecPompeo spoke today with Pakistan Prime Minister ImranKhanPTI. The Secretary wished him success and expressed his willingness to work with the new govt towards a productive bilateral relationship.

The statement was carefully worded and did not explicitly say whether the US was asking Pakistan to act against terrorists operating in Pakistan or whether it was appreciating actions already taken against them.

The relevant part of the statement read: “Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.”

However, Pakistan has categorically stated that there was no mention of “terrorists operating in Pakistan” during the said conversation.

The spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Mohammad Faisal said, “Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Department on today’s phone call between Prime Minister [Imran] Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

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

He said in the telephonic conversation, there was no mention at all about terrorists operating in Pakistan. “This should be immediately corrected,” he said in a tweet.

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.

She said Pompeo had a “good call” with Pakistan PM Imran Khan and expressed willingness to work with the new government.

When specifically asked about the part that claims that the issue of Pakistan’s action against terrorists operating in Pakistan, she said the State Department stands by the readout.

In other words, the US maintains that the issue was discussed while Pakistan says it was not.

When reporters asked how is it possible for Pakistan to get it so wrong, she said she is not going to speculate on it and that she can’t speak on their [Pakistan’s] behalf.

Nauret also maintained that so far there is no change in the US policy that Pakistan should not be given a bailout by the International Monetary Fund.

“I don’t see that our position has changed in any way, but I am not going to forecast anything that could happen in the future,” she said.

The statement was carefully worded and did not explicitly say whether the US was asking Pakistan to act against terrorists operating in Pakistan or whether it was appreciating actions already taken against them.

The relevant part of the statement read: “Secretary Pompeo raised the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.”

However, Pakistan has categorically stated that there was no mention of “terrorists operating in Pakistan” during the said conversation.

The spokesperson of Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry Mohammad Faisal said, “Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Department on today’s phone call between Prime Minister [Imran] Khan and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.”

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.

He said in the telephonic conversation, there was no mention at all about terrorists operating in Pakistan. “This should be immediately corrected,” he said in a tweet.

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.

She said Pompeo had a “good call” with Pakistan PM Imran Khan and expressed willingness to work with the new government.

When specifically asked about the part that claims that the issue of Pakistan’s action against terrorists operating in Pakistan, she said the State Department stands by the readout.

In other words, the US maintains that the issue was discussed while Pakistan says it was not.

When reporters asked how is it possible for Pakistan to get it so wrong, she said she is not going to speculate on it and that she can’t speak on their [Pakistan’s] behalf.

Nauret also maintained that so far there is no change in the US policy that Pakistan should not be given a bailout by the International Monetary Fund.

“I don’t see that our position has changed in any way, but I am not going to forecast anything that could happen in the future,” she said. (Read More)

 

 

News Credit: India Today

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