Imran Khan’s cabinet bans first-class air travel for top officials

Secretary Pompeo spoke with Imran Khan and expressed his willingness to work with the new government towards a productive bilateral relationship. Qureshi said a State Department statement issued after the call was "contrary to the truth". There are no mentions at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan.

State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement that Mr Pompeo, in his talks with Imran Khan, raised the importance of Pakistan taking "decisive action" against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process.

India on Wednesday had rejected an offer by the United Arab Emirates government to give $100 million to the disaster relief fund for flood-stricken Kerala state.

Pakistan's newly-elected Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday imposed a ban on first-class air travel, discretionary use of state funds by the officials, leaders of the government which will also include President, Chief Justice, Senate Chairman, the National Assembly Speaker and the Prime Minister itself.

It is pertinent to note here that the minister had announced a day before that opposition will also have its say in the editorial policy of state television and radio and he will make efforts to bring the Pakistan Television's English wing at par with worldwide media. This shd be immediately corrected. "The secretary had a good call with the new prime minister and we look forward to having a good relationship with them in the future", she told reporters on Thursday.

The US Secretary of State felicitated Imran Khan on his success in the general election and formation of government in Pakistan.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Friday that the US report of a telephone conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, inaccurately reported a mention of "terrorists operating in Pakistan".

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.

Khan has been critical of the U.S. drone strikes against terrorists in Pakistan as well as along the country's border with Afghanistan.

  • Jon Douglas