Diplomatic squabble as U.S. rejects Pakistan's claim about Pompeo-Imran phone call

In a Twitter post late on Thursday, Mohammad Faisal, the spokesperson for Pakistan's foreign ministry, called the Department of State's press release "factually incorrect" and urged an immediate correction. "This should be immediately corrected".

The relations between Pakistan and the United States nose-dived after President Donald Trump in January accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

The State Department says however that it stands by its readout of the call.

He said that the discretionary allocation of funds by the prime minister and the president and other officials was also stopped by the Cabinet.

He added that Pompeo congratulated the prime minister and expressed his wish for "constructive engagement and productive bilateral relationship with the new government".

"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.

According to reports, the newly constituted Imran Khan's cabinet during its second meeting banned the discretionary use of state funds of the Prime Minister, federal ministers, members of the National assembly.

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".the impression, which was given. where they're saying that they mentioned terrorists' presence in Pakistan, that is against the reality", Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday.

The recent diplomatic tussle is first of the new government of Imran Khan who in his victory speech after July 25 elections had said he wants a balanced relation between Pakistan and America which should be mutually beneficial, not one sided.

U.S. President Donald Trump has suspended all military assistance to Pakistan for not doing enough to prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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.

Qureshi's assertions have fueled the mystery surrounding Pompeo's contentious conversation with Khan at a time when relations between the two nations, allied in the U.S.

He called for an early resolution of the issue of Kashmir, which has been the cause of two of their three wars with India.

  • Sonia Alvarado