New Pakistan PM to Skip UN General Assembly to Focus on Economy

Charlene Craig
September 5, 2018

"The criticism of the government helps in resolving issues".

Khan thanked the Iranian supreme leader's support for Kashmiris in their struggle for self-determination and the manner in which Pakistan's Independence Day was celebrated in Iran this year, the statement said, adding that Pakistan and Iran were "connected by inseparable bonds of historic, religious and cultural affinities".

The Prime Minister said that construction of low-priced and affordable "05 Million Houses" is the foremost priority of the government which would not only address housing issues of the people especially in the major cities but would also promote economic growth and create job opportunities.

Khan also briefed the attending journalists on his recent meeting with National Accountability Bureau Chairman Javed Iqbal.

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To a question, he said the objective of using helicopter for travel to and from his private Banigala residence was aimed at saving citizens from the trouble of traffic holdups. He further said that the U.S. is not paying for the expenses incurred on the war against terror. The prime minister's office says it's Khan's first meeting with a foreign dignitary since he was sworn in on August 18th.

He expressed his full support for Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, calling him a fearless man.

He said a comprehensive time-bound action plan with delineated responsibilities be submitted to him for his approval.

The prime minister said that his government wanted to promote peace in the region and the world.

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Imran Khan is known for his criticism of U.S. military policy in Afghanistan but after taking over as the prime minister, he has advocated better ties with the US. "We are not facing any undue pressure from any institution. We're working with the security institutions in accordance with the constitution", he said in reply to a question.

The prime minister welcomed as "good omen" the chief justice's decision to take suo motu notice of the transfer of Rizwan Gondal, the district police officer (DPO) of Pakpattan. "This will allow the people to hear both sides of the story", he said, alleging that his wife's family had been harassed several times and he had merely directed the Punjab chief secretary to look into the matter. He, however, added this did not mean that Pakistan will accept any unjust demand by Washington. "We won't want to fight with the United States, but ties with Washington need to be on the basis of equality and mutual respect", he added.

On Sunday, Sidhu said, "I will tell you why my hope about the improvement in relations of both the countries got strengthen".

"40 years ago, I took autograph from my hero Imran Khan".

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