Imran-Pompeo call dispute: Pakistan wants to ‘move on’

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Joint Chiefs of Staff  Chairman General Joseph Dunford will be arriving in Pakistan next week.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis confirmed the visit at a Wednesday Pentagon presser.  Mattis went on to add how terror was a common foe and  the fight against the scourge would constitute an integral part of talks in Islamabad.

Pakistan has decided not to take further the issue of telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Imran Khan and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and said it would like the “episode to end”, the Foreign Office said Thursday.

“We would want the episode to end. Politically we need to move on,” Foreign Office Spokesman Muhammad Faisal said at the weekly press briefing to a question on the reports that the US State Department had shared the transcript of the call with Pakistan.

Earlier, Pakistan had rejected the statement issued by the State Department which said that “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”.

The Spokesman said Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also commented on the issue and there was the need for Pakistan and the United States to “politically move on”.