After accusing the United States of plotting to oust him from government in April, Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan has signalled his willingness to restore relations with the United States.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s over, it’s behind me. The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States,” he said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Saturday.
If re-elected, Imran Khan claimed he would be happy to cooperate with the US and that he wanted a “dignified” relationship with the US.
“Our relationship with the US has been as of a master-servant relationship, or a master-slave relationship, and we’ve been used like a hired gun. But for that I blame my own governments more than the US,” he said.
Former PM Imran admitted that his visit to Moscow a day before the Ukraine invasion in February — for which he claims the US retaliated against him — was “embarrassing” but said the trip was organised months in advance.
President Dr. Arif Alvi also reaffirmed his position that the diplomatic cypher should be carefully studied and said that his remarks regarding the US cypher were widely misrepresented in the media.