PM Imran Khan formally kicks off 'Plant for Pakistan' drive in Haripur

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An official statement issued by Khan's office said the prime minister received the Iranian foreign minister for a meeting, who conveyed to him the greetings and best wishes of the people and leadership of Iran on assuming office.

"We are not afraid of media criticism as it helps the government evaluate and improve governance".

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".

In this context, the prime minister directed the state minister for interior to coordinate with the chief minister of Balochistan and other stakeholders, including the security forces and ministry of religious affairs, to streamlining the process and ensure provision of maximum facilities to the Zaireen.

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. "We will take steps to further cut the government's expenses".

Regarding his team, Imran said he was not responsible for the past of individuals he had inducted in his team.

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The Prime Minister said security of the Zaireen visiting holy places overseas and facilitating them is foremost priority of government.

Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf claims he had proposed a "four-point formula" on Kashmir to the then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee during the 2001 Agra Summit.

He also pointed out the possible challenges Khan could face in foreign policy options saying that the foreign policy might be revised by the Pakistani government. He said the government wanted indiscriminate accountability, adding that he would not spare anyone within his own party if they were found guilty of corruption. "We are not facing any undue pressure from any institution".

To a question, Imran maintained that his government would not accept any unjust demand by the United States. The prime minister vowed to cancel all agreements made against national interest. "We won't want to fight with the USA, but ties with Washington need to be on the basis of equality and mutual respect", he added.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Pakistan is an "important" neighboring country to Iran, stressing that no third country can negatively affect relations between the two countries.

Imran Khan reportedly refused to take a telephone call from the French president twice during the interaction with the senior journalists.

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