Pakistan doesn’t want to be treated like hired US gun: Pak PM

Islamabad, Dec 7, IRNA - Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan says Islamabad doesn’t want to be treated like a hired gun of the US.

The prime minister, in an exclusive interview with the American media 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. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity.'

PM Khan added, 'Our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. It’s a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar relationship with the U.S.'

The prime minister rejected the notion that he is 'anti-US', saying that disagreeing with Washington's policies did not make him 'anti-American'.

The premier, stuck to his anti-drone attacks stance and wondered why anyone would support it. 'Who would allow a drone attack in their country when, with one attack, you kill one terrorist and 10 friends and neighbors?' he questioned.

The prime minister also condemned the 2011 US operation in Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden, saying that it was 'humiliating' that the US did not trust Pakistan to kill the terrorist.

'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 regretted and added that the US 'should have tipped off Pakistan'.

The prime minister also dismissed US' allegations that there were safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, saying that the security forces had briefed him on the matter and told him that they had asked Washington 'time and time again' to point out where the sanctuaries are.

The prime minister also discussed his recent spat with US President Donald Trump, clarifying that it was not a 'Twitter war, it was just setting the record right.'

He insisted that peace in Afghanistan was in Pakistan's interests, and assured that Islamabad would 'try (its) best to put pressure on the (Afghan) Taliban' in order to bring them to the table and hold negotiations.


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