Wed. Dec 7th, 2022
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan lamented that the US has been using Pakistan as a “weapon for hire” in the war on terror and that US ties to his country are “very undignified” compared to a ” very civilized relationship” with India.
His comments came days later. Khan He signaled his willingness to mend ties with the United States after repeatedly accusing Washington of conspiring to remove him from power in April.
Asked by Public Broadcasting Service, an American public broadcaster, about his recent U-turn and his previous comments that the US treats Pakistan “like a slave”, Khan said: “First of all, I mean, it’s just a fact that Pakistan’s relationship with the United States has been unbalanced.”
“It’s not, for example, the US-India relationship, which I call a very civilized relationship, a dignified relationship. In Pakistan, we’ve been… well, the war on terror, we were like a gun-for-hire And I think it’s a very undignified relationship,” he said.
Khan, 70, who was ousted in a vote of no confidence in April, said in an interview with the Financial Times this month that he wants to mend relations with the US if he is re-elected and no longer blames it for his removal as Prime Minister of Pakistan. .
Asked if he thought he could have a good working relationship with the United States, Khan said: “America is a democracy. Democracies accept criticism. Democracies accept other people’s point of view. Slave masters don’t.” . “Pakistan’s relationship with the US is very important to us. So just because of regime change, it shouldn’t mean I shouldn’t have a future relationship with the US. And yes, I have my right to criticize.” he added he.
Khan had previously claimed that he was ousted as a result of a conspiracy between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the United States, a major security partner of Pakistan that has provided the country with billions of dollars in military aid.
Khan has repeatedly claimed that donald luthe top US official dealing with South Asia at the US State Department, was involved in a ‘foreign conspiracy’ to overthrow his government.
Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, suffered gunshot wounds to his right leg earlier this month when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others who were standing in a truck mounted on a container in the Wazirabad where he led the march against the government to push for early elections.
He has blamed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister frog sanaullah and major general faisal naseer for hatching a plot to assassinate him.
“Well, I was very lucky. I had three bullets in my right leg and some shrapnel in my left,” he said.
“So both, the superficial wounds are healing well. But the bone where my bone was broken by the third bullet, that’s causing me a little bit of discomfort. But I hope, in the next two, three weeks, I’ll be walking.” putting weight on my leg,” Khan said.
General elections must be held in Pakistan less than 60 days after the dissolution of the national assembly, which is set to dissolve in August next year.
Asked about his anti-government protest march and why his party is pushing for early elections, Khan said: “We talked about the injustice that is happening in this country, where this cabal of thieves has been foisted on us. “. And secondly, the economy has gone into the ground. Financial markets outside of Pakistan and within the country have lost confidence in this government.”
“And all the economic indicators are going down. So if they don’t hold elections right away, my party doesn’t mind, because we’re winning all the time. But our concern is that they leave the country in a state where it will be out of anyone’s control,” he added.