Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to not visit the United Kingdom in July despite an invitation from his British counterpart Boris Johnson.

The main reason behind this decision is the internal security and political situation in the country, according to the sources.

Furthermore, US withdrawal from Afghanistan is near and PM Imran wants to focus on this as it is directly linked with Pakistan’s peace.

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The premier was also due to watch the first ODI between England and Pakistan in Cardiff on July 8.

Last week, PM Imran Khan had a telephonic conversation with PM Boris Johnson. The two leaders had exchanged views on the current trajectory of bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process, the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change.

During the call, the two leaders had covered a range of issues, from the tragic train crash in Sindh that killed at least 40 people on Monday morning to the Pakistan-hosted World Environment Day event with the United Nations over the weekend. They had also covered the fight against coronavirus and resolved to work together to defeat the pandemic globally.

Imran Khan had expressed the hope that Pakistan and the UK would be able to forge an even stronger partnership going forward, particularly in the domains of trade and investments. The two leaders had agreed on the importance of high-level exchanges between the two countries.  

The prime minister had lauded the efforts of PM Boris Johnson in effectively combating the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. He also briefed his British counterpart on measures taken by Pakistan to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic while saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. The PM impressed upon the UK to revisit the decision of placing Pakistan on the Red List of travel ban countries. 



Anas Mallick is an international journalist who has been working as a field reporter for 7+ years now. With a focus on diplomacy, militancy, and conflict, Mallick's expertise involve Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. He tweets at @AnasMallick

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