Pakistan seeks ‘civilised’ and ‘even-handed’ relationship with US like the one that exists between America and India: Imran Khan – News Vibe24

    Pakistan seeks ‘civilised' and ‘even-handed' relationship with US like the one that exists between America and India: Imran Khan - Times of India
    Islamabad: Pakistan seeks a “civilized” and “uniform” relationship with Washington, such as the one between the United States and the United Kingdom or with India “at the moment,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Pakistani prime minister has highlighted the role Islamabad could play in the region, including Afghanistan, following the US withdrawal from the war-torn country.
    Khan made the remarks in an interview with The New York Times, in which he also expressed frustration that his efforts to normalize ties with India had not progressed, although he approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi shortly after taking office in August 2018.
    In an interview when US President Joe Biden had his first face-to-face meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghan at the White House on Friday, Hahn recalled that Pakistan had closer ties with the United States than any other nation. in the region, such as India, and was a US partner in the war on terror, the Dawn newspaper reported.
    “Now that the United States has left Afghanistan, in essence, Pakistan would like a civilized relationship that you have between nations, and we would like to improve our trade relationship with the United States,” he said.
    Asked to elaborate on his perception of a civilized relationship, Khan said he was looking for a relationship like the one that existed “between the US and Britain, or between the US and India at the moment.” So, a relationship that is uniform. ”
    “Unfortunately, the relationship during the war on terror was somewhat twofold,” he said.
    “It was a one-sided relationship because the US felt it was helping Pakistan, they felt Pakistan had to make US bids then. And what Pakistan did to try to make US bids cost Pakistan a lot, 70,000 “Pakistanis have died and more than $ 150 billion has been lost because of suicide bombings and bombings across the country,” he said.
    The main problem with this one-sided relationship was that “Pakistani governments tried to do what they could not do,” and this led to “mistrust between the two countries,” Khan said.
    “People in Pakistan also felt that they had paid a heavy, heavy price for this relationship. “And the United States believed that Pakistan had not done enough.”
    The prime minister said his government wanted the future relationship to be based on trust and common goals, including a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
    The United States and the Taliban signed a landmark agreement in Doha on February 29, 2020, after several rounds of negotiations to bring lasting peace to war-torn Afghanistan and allow US troops to return home, effectively pulling out a protracted war. Of America.
    Asked if Pakistan would continue to have a strategic relationship with the United States after the withdrawal, Khan said, “I do not really know. I did not think that Pakistan should be of any strategic importance to the United States. . ”
    Khan said he could not predict the future of the military relationship and security between Pakistan and the United States.
    “After the withdrawal of the United States, I do not know what kind of military relationship it will be. But now, the relationship should be based on the common goal that there is a political solution in Afghanistan before the United States leaves,” he said.
    Asked if Pakistan continues to use its power with the Taliban to advance peace talks toward a deal, Khan said, “Pakistan has used as much power as it could for the Taliban.”
    He said the US decision to set a date for the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan also reduced Pakistan’s influence in the Taliban.
    “Since the US gave a withdrawal date, since then, our leverage on the Taliban has decreased. And the reason is that the moment the United States gave an exit date, the Taliban basically claimed victory,” Khan said.
    “They think they have won the war. And so our ability to influence them diminishes the more strongly they feel,” he said.
    Khan said Pakistan was emphasizing to the Taliban that they should not go for a military victory because it would only lead to a protracted civil war.
    In the interview, Khan also claimed that Pakistan would have a better relationship with India if it had a different government and that they would have resolved all their differences through dialogue.
    “When I took office, the first thing I did was to take this approach to Prime Minister Modi (to pursue) a normal, civilized business relationship. We tried but got nowhere,” he said.
    “If there was another Indian leadership, I think we would have a good relationship with them. And yes, we would have resolved all our differences through dialogue,” Khan said.
    Tensions between India and Pakistan have deteriorated further since India announced the withdrawal of the special powers of Jammu and Kashmir and the division of the state into two territories of the Union in August 2019.
    Regarding the status quo in Kashmir, Khan said, “I think it is a disaster for India, because it will simply mean that this conflict continues and continues and (prevents) any relationship – a normal relationship – between Pakistan and India.”
    India has told Pakistan that it wants normal neighborhood relations with it in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence.
    Khan said the US hypothesis that India would be the bulwark against China was wrong. “I think it would be detrimental to India, because India’s trade with China would be beneficial to both India and China.”
    Pakistan, he said, “was watching the script unfold with a little anxiety.”


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