Pompeo calls on Pakistan's Khan to act against 'terrorists'

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"This should be immediately corrected", Mr Faisal said on Twitter.

"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", a US State Department readout about the phone call said on Thursday.

A meeting presided over by Prime Minister Imran Khan discussed input from MPAs from the four provinces and decided that the PTI would contest the election on Sept 4 with full zeal.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed deep grief over the loss of lives in floods in the Indian state of Kerala. "They had a good call", she said.

Pakistan and India share a border, and geographical proximity of two countries that were one less than a century ago.

Talking about his previous press conference, Qureshi said he had asked a question to his Indian counterpart "whether Pakistan and India have any other option other than holding talks to resolve the issues".

Qureshi generally echoed Nauert's reading of the overall discussion, saying Pompeo sought a productive bilateral relationship.

Pakistan and India can not be enemies while there is much that unites the two.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi addressing media persons here said, "But it takes two to tango".

In his victory speech last month, Khan said he wants a balanced relation between Pakistan and America which should be mutually beneficial, not one sided.

Imran Khan already took his first step in this direction by having a positive conversation with Prime Minister Modi, and with both Elahi and General Bajwa at his side, there is no doubt that the possibilities for great results are endless.

The bilateral relations between the USA and Pakistan deteriorated after the Trump administration slashed military aid to the country this year accusing Islamabad of providing overt and covert support to the Afghan Taliban and other terror groups.

Ties with the USA cooled in January when President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of "lies" and "duplicity" in the war on terror, suspending military assistance worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Taking note of the election results in Pakistan, Nauert said the United States commends the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women, who turned out to vote and showed resolve to determine their country's future.

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