There’s no difference between civilian and military establishments on key issues: PM Abbasi

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has rejected the suggestion that civil-military differences in Pakistan have weakened Pakistan’s influence in the international community.

“There’s no difference between the civilian and military establishments on key national issues,” said the prime minister when asked if this ‘dispute’ had also impacted his visit to the United Nations.

“The military and civilian leadership are united on all key issues. One country, one policy, we are all on one page,” he said. “We are all working for the country. It’s not nice to create rifts where there’s none.”

The premier completed his four-day visit to the United Nations headquarters on Friday. Hours after his address at the General Assembly, he briefed the Pakistani media on his meetings, both inside the UN and on its sidelines.

“No more do more. We did not hear it anywhere,” when asked if the Americans were still asking Pakistan to do more.

Asked about the US proposal to send a delegation to Islamabad for talks on bridging bilateral differences, Mr. Abbasi said it was too early to talk about the technical details of the proposed delegation, its agenda, and Pakis­tan’s expectations. “Both sides are now working on it.”

US Vice President Mike Pence had suggested sending a delegation to Islamabad during his meeting with the prime minister. The US wanted to send the delegation soon after Mr. Trump’s Aug 21 policy speech but Pakistan requested rescheduling.

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