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12:00 AM, July 23, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:46 AM, July 23, 2019

US to press Pak PM on Afghan peace, terrorism crackdown

US President Donald Trump is likely to press Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for help on ending the war in Afghanistan and fighting militants when the two leaders were set to meet at the White House yesterday amid their countries’ strained relations. Last year, Trump cut off hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of offering “nothing but lies and deceit” while giving safe haven to terrorists, a charge angrily rejected by Islamabad. Khan, who arrived in Washington on Saturday, is expected to try to mend fences and attract much-needed US investment, hoping the arrest last week of a militant leader with a $10 million US bounty on his head will lead to a warmer reception.

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