Cabinet likely to ban discretionary funds of PM Imran, ministers

Aaron Brown
August 26, 2018

He made the remarks in a phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, according to a press statement by the US Department of State on August 23. The foreign minister said that his Chinese counterpart would visit Islamabad on September 8 describing the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor as "an important development" in their relationship.

Among other issues which were discussed in the second cabinet meet of Imran Khan's government, it ordered an audit of all mega transport projects carried out in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces which were sanctioned during the previous government.

"Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today's phone call between PM Khan and Sec Pompeo". That may surprise some of you, but they had a good 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.

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Cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan, chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), speaks to members of media after casting his vote at a polling station during the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan, July 25, 2018. Secretary Pompeo expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship.

A report seeking a ban on foreign tours of ministers, advisers and secretaries would also be presented, Geo News reported. The statement says, "Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and wished him success". Pakistan rejects the accusation, calling it an attempt to divert attention from US failures in the war-shattered neighboring country.

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

On bilateral relations between the two nations, he said that there was a need for understanding of the United States position on Afghanistan to bring relations back to a high level the previously high level. The new timings at the government institutions, offices in Pakistan will be from 9 am to 5 pm. "Pakistan is no longer the darling of the West as it used to be", Qureshi noted.

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