On Thursday, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said in an interview with the Washington Post that he would never like to have a relationship with US where Pakistan is treated as a “hired gun” but will prefer a relationship with US that is similar to the relationship of Pakistan with China.
Imran Khan said, “I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war”.
He said, “We should never put ourselves in this position again. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. We would like a proper relationship with the US”.
When he was asked to elaborate on the kind of relationship that he wants to have with US, Khan said, “For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. It’s a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar relationship with the US”.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has dismissed the notion that he was involved in a Twitter war with US President Donald Trump and asserted that he would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a “hired gun”. https://t.co/WmjlLSQph9 pic.twitter.com/pJ7N1YDs4Z
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Pakistani Prime Minister also criticized US’ decision of not informing to Pakistan before killing Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad and alleged that US didn’t have trust on Pakistan even it was participating in US war.
He said, “It was humiliating that we were losing our soldiers and civilians and (suffering terrorist) bomb attacks because we were participating in the US war, and then our ally did not trust us to kill Bin Laden”. He added, “We did not know whether we were a friend or a foe”.
Khan also emphasized for dialogue with Taliban to achieve peace and stability in war torn Afghanistan. He said, “I talked for years about how there was no military solution in Afghanistan and they called me Taliban Khan. Now I’m happy that everyone realises there is only a political solution”.
Recently US said that Pakistan is not using its full influence to bring Taliban on negotiating table and asked Pakistan to help in peace talks for peace and stability in the region.