Pakistan, US agree to stay engaged after US Prez's tough talks


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who took over as Pakistan's 18 prime minister in 70 years after the ouster of Nawaz Sharif a few months ago, on Tuesday (September 19) met US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. "We have a very robust and secure command-and-control system over our strategic nuclear assets".

Addressing a NY audience at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations the newly elected Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that there is no role of India in Afghanistan.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi addressed at an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations in NY that "I think the basic issue is Kashmir".

In his first worldwide television interview as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi dismissed US' allegations that the country was hosting terrorists on its soil.

On his maiden visit to the USA as Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Abbasi also said that Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is safe and secure. "Time has proved, and it's a very secure environment in which our strategic weapons are controlled and held", Mr. Abbasi said.

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Speaking during an hour-long session at CFR with David Sanger, the national security correspondent for The New York Times, Abbasi said that Pakistan intends to remain engaged and partner with the U.S. in order to defeat terror in the region and find lasting peace in Afghanistan.

The Premier also called for an expansion of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).

He said the visit aimed at strengthening the existing relations and defence partnership. "So, if they want to do economic assistance that's their prerogative, but we don't accept or see any role politically or militarily for India in Afghanistan", Abbasi said.

The meeting between Abbasi and Pence marked the first high-level meet between the United States and Pakistan since Trump spoke on the Afghan policy on August 21 where he out rightly named Pakistan for supporting terrorist havens. According to the Pakistani leader, any intervention of India will only complicate the situation rather than resolving it. "For us, India was the force that we have fought three wars with".

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi answers a question during the panel discussion with the Council on Foreign Relations on Wednesday. PM said that it was necessary to appoint Special envoy for Kashmir because India has closed all the doors on any dialogue and is killing innocent civilians at both side of Kashmir valley.