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Prime Minister Abbasi: Degrading Pakistan Hurts U.S. Fight Against Militants

Pakistani leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says his country has "taken on terrorism" and "defeated terrorism." U.S. President Trump has accused Pakistan of harboring militants from neighboring Afghanistan.
Pakistan's prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi (shown here Aug. 1), says that U.S. sanctions against Pakistan will only hurt its efforts to fight militants in the region. / AAMIR QURESHI / Getty Images

Pakistan's prime minister has warned that the U.S. would be degrading its own capabilities to fight terrorism if it degraded Pakistan's military strength. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made the comments Tuesday in a roundtable discussion with journalists before he leaves for the United States on Saturday.

Abbasi is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly during his U.S. visit. So far, there are no organized plans to see U.S.

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