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20 September 2017, 01:08 | Lionel James
The premier will speak in the session on September 21
In his policy statement in the General Assembly, the Prime Minister will enunciate Pakistan's position on key worldwide issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that the Foreign Minister's remarks regarding "in-house cleaning" are completely true and he agrees with the point of view that "our own house needs to be cleaned first".
She said Pakistan's policies, which are based on the country's national interest, are framed in Islamabad, not in Washington. Although she did not name anyone, PML-N sources said she was referring to alleged intimidation by parts of Pakistan's powerful military.
"The government should focus more on taking practical steps than issuing statements", he said.
The Assembly has 174 items on its agenda after a new item was inscribed on Friday.
The confirmed meetings include the one with the Jordanian King and leaders of Turkey, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, the United Kingdom and Nepal.
He will address the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.
The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.
They agreed that there is no military solution of the Afghan conflict and the efforts should continue for a regional approach for an internal political settlement in Afghanistan through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process.
Prior to leaving for the U.S. where he will attend the UNGA session, the prime minister held an hour-long meeting with Nawaz Sharif. He will outline Pakistan's positions on key global political, social and development issues of vital concern to the country.
Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has advised Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to "fix the matters of the house" but avoid making the country a laughing stock before the world.
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