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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi interacts with media representatives at the PM Office.

Pakistan's prime minister says his country is willing to set up joint patrols with Afghanistan to combat militants along their porous border. On the issue of militants sanctuaries in Pakistan, "we are open to bilateral verification, we are open to joint patrolling, we are open to joint posts" with Afghanistan, he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his policies toward Afghanistan and South Asia last month.

Regarding the United States pressures, PM Abbasi said Islamabad has not received any specific demands from USA, promising that the country would take steps regarding any information they receive.

Trump accused Pakistan in an August 21 speech of continuing to provide safe haven to terrorist groups, such as the Haqqani Network, and allowing them to use its soil to attack troops in Afghanistan, a charge that Islamabad denies.

One can only appreciate the bold and courageous stand taken by the prime minister, fully backed by the political and military leadership, thus truly representing the sentiments of entire Pakistani nation.

"This relationship (is) 70 years old (and) can not be redefined by one issue or it should not be redefined by one issue".

Abbasi made the remarks regarding to current tensions with the United States.

"We haven't received any list of measures", Abbasi told reporters in Islamabad on Tuesday. "We are transparent. We have nothing to hide".

US President's claim of doling out billions of dollars in military aid has already been put in historical perspective by our former Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan who has said that the Washington aid was not more than peanuts. "We respect others' sovereignty and expect the same from others". He said it was unfair to blame Pakistan for all the troubles in Afghanistan.

The EU market was the biggest destination of Pakistaniexports, he added.

In response to a question about Pakistan's mediation with Gulf countries, he said: "We look upon it as a family issue that needs to be resolved between two brothers".


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