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

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Abbasi was interacting with an audience at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in the city.

Premier Abbasi is scheduled to address the UNGA today. This is the core issue between the two countries. "India is a threat to Pakistan, we accept that", Abbasi said.

Trump had also criticised Pakistan for harbouring terrorists and called on India to help the U.S. more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.

Chairman of the Pakistani Senate Raza Rabbani has already raised the point saying President Donald Trump's refusal to meet the Pakistani PM in NY was "degrading" and that Pakistan has no point in meeting the vice president. And our objective is the same, to find peace in Afghanistan, to develop the relationship further. The relationships between both countries have faced ups and downs in the past too. "If Pakistan does not take this opportunity I think they will pay a hard price", Ghani warned but did not elaborate.

"We have always been an ally, especially a partner in the war against terror". In response to a question, he said Pakistan is now not hosting any American bases on its soil. He went on to say: "We have taken action against him". We can not allow that.

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Speaking to Geo News, Abbasi said: "Pakistan has made clear its national policy to America".

"Addressing US concerns over the safety of Pakistan's nuclear weapons, the prime minister said the country has a "robust and very secure" command-and-control system for its strategic nuclear assets with civilian oversight".

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan's nuclear weapons are as safe as houses, adding that they have been developed for defense of the country. "We have developed short-range nuclear weapons as a counter to the Cold Start doctrine that India has developed", he added. Time has proved that it's a process that is very secure.

Guterres said that he holds Pakistan very close to his heart and that he has visited the country many times. "...that is something that we always raise at various forums, that there should be equal treatment on such issues". He mentioned the large scale military operation launched by the Pakistan army against the terrorists and said over 200,000 of its troops were on the hunt for any miscreants.

Intending to remain engaged with the U.S., he said that Pakistan wanted to work with the United States in order to curb terror in the region, besides establishing peace in Afghanistan. And while Pakistan had bettered its prospects in the eyes of the United States by helping its anti-Soviet plan in Afghanistan in the late 1970s and 1980s, this time, it has failed to live up to Washington's expectations in the same country, thanks to the India factor which has made it essential for Pakistan to back terrorists to disrupt New Delhi's prospects in Afghanistan.

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