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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to lead Pak delegation to UNGA

17 September 2017

The prime minister, who will be reaching NY on Monday, is scheduled to address the UNGA on Thursday.

It is a matter of satisfaction that Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has done some plain but tough talking and told Washington that aid cuts in any form will hurt U.S. more than Islamabad which will be forced to buy weapons from other sources if sale of F-16 fighter jets is blocked to maintain its national defence forces.

Talking to US Ambassador David Hale, who called on him at the PM House, Mr Abbasi said: "It is important for Pakistan and US to stay engaged for pursuing common objectives and other issues of mutual interest".

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has summoned PML-N senior leaders to London for discussions about the party's future course of action especially in the light of the rejection of review petition in Panama Papers verdict against his disqualification and proceedings of Accountability Courts in the corruption references against his family. "We will say we don't know anything", said Musharraf in an interview to the channel.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has through diplomatic channels extended several explanations on President Trump's policy.

Trump, while announcing his policy for South Asia and Afghanistan, had hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos" that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists.

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Abbasi recently met U.S. ambassador to Pakistan David Hale.

Abbasi and Hale agreed that relations between the two countries should be strengthened through multi-faceted engagement.

Abbasi will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the US Pakistan Business Council, it said.

Pakistan on Friday expressed concern over Guardian drones deal between India and US.

Zakhilwal said the Afghan government is willing to improve bilateral relations with Pakistan.

Despite challenges in their relationship, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the USA have launched a new trilateral mechanism to counter Daesh threat.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to lead Pak delegation to UNGA