Imran Khan says Pakistan will no longer fight someone else's war


Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the U.S. of "pushing Pakistan away" and said he would never want to have a relation with Washington where his country is treated like a "hired gun". We should never put ourselves in this position again.

He maintained that he always proposed a peaceful and negotiation-based solution for Afghanistan but was ignored. He claimed that Pakistan had received billions of dollars, but has done little in helping the U.S. fight terrorism.

He said that Pakistan's founder Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah sacrificed everything during his struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

Khan said he wanted a relationship with the USA like the one with China - "not one-dimensional" and a "trade relationship".

The premier urged the youth to educate themselves and the future generations about the ideology of Pakistan.

He also said his government did get some money from the UAE and China but the governments want to keep the amount confidential.

Khan, who has always been vocal about Pakistan's role in the war on terror, said his country wants "peace with all".

He maintained that past governments only spent money and resources on their strongholds but the PTI government is focusing on areas which were neglected in the past. "There are no sanctuaries in Pakistan", he clarified.

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"In the letter, the President recognises that Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory", the spokesperson said.

Khan also expressed hope that Islamabad and New Delhi would resume talks after the General Elections in India next summer. The US has satellites and drones. And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the U.S. war.

Officially allies in fighting terrorism, Pakistan and the United States have a complicated relationship, bound by Washington's dependence on Pakistan to supply its troops in Afghanistan but plagued by accusations Islamabad is playing a double game.

PM Khan said the United States has blamed Pakistan for its own deeply flawed policies, like the military approach to Afghanistan. In the 1980s, we collaborated with the USA in the Soviet jihad there.

"If we left precipitously right now, I do not believe they (Afghan security forces) would be able to successfully defend their country". "I have asked our government to find out the status of the case".

During last month's exchange with Mr Trump, the Pakistani leader said his country had suffered 75,000 casualties and lost $123bn (£95.7bn) during America's so-called war on terror despite no one from his country being involved in the 9/11 attacks. I had gone on television and warned everyone that we will stand by the Supreme Court verdict.

Earlier this week, US President Trump in a letter to the Pakistan Prime Minister asked for his assistance in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan gestures as he speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kartarpur border corridor, which will officially open next year, in Pakistan November 28, 2018. "The head of the TLP then passed a death sentence on the Supreme Court judges and kept saying that they should be killed".