Pakistan bans first-class air travel by PM, president, govt officials

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However, according to Pakistan's Foreign Office, Mr Pompeo congratulated Imran Khan while discussing other issues of interest, but there was no mention of "terrorists operating in Pakistan". The Foreign Office further clarified that there was "no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan". "And I say this with full confidence", Qureshi said at a press conference in the capital, Islamabad.

The US State Department readout of the call said Mr Pompeo wished Khan success and also asked Mr Khan to take "decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan".

This response comes after Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal rejected the statement issued by the United States saying there was no mention of the "terrorists operating in the country" during the telephonic conversation. "We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed", Prime Minister of Pakistan said in a social media post. That may surprise some of you, but they had a good call.

"They (Pakistan) are an important partner".

Qureshi generally echoed Nauert's reading of the overall discussion, saying Pompeo sought a productive bilateral relationship. "He congratulated Imran Khan and told him that the U.S. wants a productive relationship with Pakistan".

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The prime minister will also not use special planes for foreign visits or domestic travels.

The relations between Pakistan and the USA nose-dived after President Donald Trump in January said that Islamabad gave nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists. Pakistan rejects the accusation, calling it an attempt to divert attention from USA failures in the war-shattered neighboring country.

Khan is well known for his criticism of US military policy in Afghanistan, but he said after winning elections last week that he seeks better relations with the United States after a series of aid cuts and the suspension of USA military training.

"I look forward to Secretary Pompeo's visit and to engaging with him for peace and stability and looking at areas where both countries stand to gain", he said.

The controversy holds great importance, as it is the first formal contact between the U.S. and Pakistan after the new government in Islamabad has taken office.

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