Kerala floods: PM Imran Khan offers humanitarian assistance to India

Kerala received rainfall more than 40 percent greater than normal for the monsoon season which runs from June to September

Kerala received rainfall more than 40 percent greater than normal for the monsoon season which runs from June to September

The US Secretary of State felicitated Imran Khan on his success in the general election and formation of government in Pakistan.

"Pakistan takes exception to the factually incorrect statement issued by US State Dept on today's phone call between PM Khan and Sec Pompeo".

In an unusual move, Pakistan has asked the USA to "immediately correct" a readout issued by the State Department in which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was quoted as saying that he asked Pakistan's new prime minister to take "decisive action" against all terrorists operating in the country.

"The impression that has been given in their press release, which mentions terrorists operating in Pakistan, is in contrast with reality". This shd be immediately corrected.

Pompeo is expected to meet with Khan on September 5, which Reuters reports is expected to be the new leader's first reception with a foreign dignitary.

He said in the telephonic conversation, there was no mention at all about terrorists operating in Pakistan.

And overnight on Thursday, Pakistan's foreign ministry asserted that the issue of militants never came up in the phone call between Pompeo and Khan.

Pakistan's newly elected Prime Minister Imran Khan has offered any humanitarian assistance to India in the wake of Kerala floods, which has devastated the state.

Sidhu visited Pakistan on August 18 after Khan's party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) invited him to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the 22nd Prime Minister of the country. Pakistan is an important partner to the US.

Pakistan's foreign ministry termed the statement as "factually incorrect" and said it wants a correction from Washington. "We stand ready to provide any humanitarian assistance that may be needed", Khan said in a twitter post. Pakistan rejects the accusation, calling it an attempt to divert attention from USA failures in the war-shattered neighboring country. The Centre had also assured Kerala Chief Minister Pinaryi Vijayan for any sort of help in this hour of grief and said that the entire country was standing with the people of Kerala shoulder- to-shoulder. We hope to forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government. "In the Prime Minister's first address, he had said, "You take one step, we will take two", Qureshi was quoted as saying by Geo News.

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