US drone strike in Pakistan unacceptable, PM tells US

US drone strike in Pakistan unacceptable, PM tells US

NEW YORK: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a talk at a US think tank on Wednesday, said Pakistan cannot condone US drone attacks on its soil.

Speaking during a meeting at the Council of Foreign Relations, Abbasi said the US needs to treat India and Pakistan equally, adding that Pakistan does possess nuclear weapons but they cannot fall into the hands of terrorists.

Abbasi, elected prime minister last month after the disqualification of Nawaz Sharif by the Supreme Court, is in New York to attend and address the United Nation’s General Assembly session.

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David Sanger presided over the discussion, which featured Abbasi speaking first and then engaging in a discussion with Sanger. Following that, the premier took questions from the audience.

Talking about the economy, Abbasi said the Pakistan economy has done well in the last four years. “We’ve been able to achieve over 5.3 per cent growth. And we’ll be looking at six per cent sustained growth over the next few years,” he predicted.

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