Pakistan rejects remarks attributed to PM Abbasi regarding Kabul attack

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's office on Monday refuted a statement regarding the Kabul attack that was attributed to the prime minister by The Financial Times.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met here on the sidelines of the 72nd UNGA Session in NY.

The PM is leading Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the UNGA in NY.

In August, US President Donald Trump, overlooking Pakistan's huge contribution with more than 60,000 soldiers and civilians dead, $120 billion (Dh440.4 billion) infrastructure losses and more, threatened Pakistan, accusing it of providing sanctuaries to the Taliban.

He also said that the government was not satisfied with the ongoing accountability drive.

The Prime Minister should definitely put "our own house in order" but refrain from issuing statements that embarrass Pakistan internationally, former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Tuesday. It is entitled: "The responsibility to protect and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity".

The prime minister, who arrived in Washington on Monday, will go through a tightly laid-out schedule, participating in United Nations events related to the General Assembly session and also attend some forums on the sidelines of the 193-member body.

VIDEO: Abbasi's predecessor was Nawaz Sharif, who suffered a major blow yesterday when Pakistan's Supreme Court dismissed a petition seeking a review of the decision that disqualified him.

The confirmed meetings include the one with the Jordanian King and leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the United Kingdom and Nepal.

Both the sides noted that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict and stressed the need for efforts for a regional approach for an internal political settlement in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned Afghan-led peace process.

Prior to leaving for the USA where he will attend the UNGA session, the prime minister held an hour-long meeting with Nawaz Sharif.

  • Rogelio Becker