Pakistan PM criticizes US approaches
Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan expressing regret over past Islamabad, Washington ties, said, "Pakistan isn't US "hired gun".
Iran Press/Asia: Imran Khan in a Washington Post interview published on Thursday said, "I would never want to have a "hired gun" relation with US, we should never put ourselves in this position again."
Pakistani PM rejected "harboring militants in its borders", and stressed that US so-called war on terror, had "nothing to do with Pakistan,"Iran Press reported.
"If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation that took place afterward," Khan said.
Participation on the US war, not only cost us our human lives and devastation of tribal areas, but it cost our dignity, Pakistani PM said.
Khan’s revisionist comments on US relations come as the Pakistani premier had a heated exchange with US President Donald Trump earlier last month.
US President, Donald Trump said earlier that "Pakistan had done “nothing” to fight terrorism despite receiving “billions” Dollar as US aid for fighting terrorism.
Instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat for their failures, the US should do a serious assessment of why, despite 140,000 NATO troops plus 250,000 Afghan troops & reportedly $1 trillion spent on war in Afghanistan, today the Taliban are stronger than before.
The Pakistani prime minister asserting his long-time opposition to the American military approach in Afghanistan and said, I always told that Afghanistan problems has no military solution, I’m happy that everyone realizes that the only solution is political.
The newly-elected premier has stressed the need to change Pakistan's one-dimensional relations with the US, explaining that relations with other countries like China stand as a good example of bilateral trade relationships.
Khan was elected by Pakistan’s National Assembly in mid-August after his Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party won general elections against the Pakistan Muslim League party lead by Shahbaz Sharif, brother of jailed ex-premier Nawaz Sharif.105/205