PM Imran should not meet Pompeo when he visits Pakistan: Raza Rabbani

ISLAMABAD: Former Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani on Monday suggested that Prime Minister Imran Khan should not meet US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo when he visits Pakistan.

“US secretary of state’s meeting with PM Imran will be against protocol,” Rabbani said while speaking to the media.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader further said that the foreign minister should meet the US secretary of state instead of the prime minister.

“The transcript of a telephonic conversation between PM Imran and Pompeo was made public and this is a new way of exerting pressure,” he added.

Raza Rabbani continued, “The US canceled funds to Pakistan for the second time.”

He further said that the US is not paying for the expenses incurred in the war against terror.

“Pakistan is not taking any aid from the US,” he asserted.

Last week, US Defence Secretary James Mattis confirmed Pompeo and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Joseph Dunford will visit Pakistan this week to meet PM Imran.