Pakistan used like ‘hired gun’ by US in war against terror: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister Imran Khan lamented that the United States has been using Pakistan as a “mercenary gun” in the war on terror and America’s relations with his country are “very poor” compared to “very civilized relations” with India.
His comment came a few days later khan showed his willingness to mend relations with the United States after repeatedly accusing Washington of plotting to overthrow him in April.
When asked by the Public Broadcasting Service, an American public broadcaster, about his recent turn and his past remarks that the US treats Pakistan “like a slave”, Khan said: “First, I mean, the fact that Pakistan- The US relationship has been skewed.”
“For example, it’s not a US-India relationship, which I call a very civilized relationship, a decent relationship. In Pakistan, we were – oh, in the war on terror, we were. I’m like a mercenary. And I think it’s a very shoddy relationship,” he said.
Khan, 70, who was ousted in April in a vote of no confidence, in an interview with the Financial Times this month said he would like to mend relations with the US if re-elected and no longer available. blamed for his removal from the position of Prime Minister of Pakistan. .
When asked if he believed he could have a good working relationship with the United States, Khan said: “America is a democracy. Democracies accept criticism. Peoples master accepts the views of others. Master slaves do not.” “Pakistan’s relationship with the US is very important to us. So just because of the regime change it doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t have a future relationship with the US. And, yes, I have every right to criticize,” he added.
Khan had earlier claimed that he was ousted as a result of a conspiracy between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the United States, a top security partner of Pakistan that provided the country with billions of dollars in military aid. .
Khan has repeatedly stated that Donald Luthe top US official for South Asia in the US state department, was involved in a ‘foreign plot’ to overthrow his government.
Khan, the chairman of Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, was wounded in his right leg earlier this month when two gunmen fired a volley of bullets at him and others standing on a container truck in the area. area. Wazirabad area, where he is leading the march against the government to pressure snap elections.
He blamed Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, interior minister Rana Sanaullah and Major General Faisal Naseer for hatching a plot to assassinate him.
“Well, I was very lucky. I got three bullets in my right leg and some shrapnel in my left leg,” he said.
“So, both — the flesh wound is healing well. But my bone was cracked by the third bullet, which made me a little uncomfortable. But I hope, in the next two, three weeks, I will I can walk, put my weight on my legs,” Khan said.
General elections must be held in Pakistan less than 60 days after the dissolution of parliament, which is scheduled to dissolve in August next year.
Asked about the march against the government and why his party is calling for an early election, Khan said: “We talk about the injustice that is happening in this country where these scammers instigated us. And, second, the economy went down. Financial markets outside of Pakistan and inside 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, that doesn’t bother my party, because we’ve always had success. But the worry of we are they will put the country in a situation where it will be out of anyone’s control,” he added.


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