New York: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is currently in the United States, has defended the visit of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in “absolute” terms, saying that the visit had come in line with the foreign policy of his government.
During a press conference, FM Bilawal was asked to question related to former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Russia. To which he replied that as far as the former PM’s trip to Russia [is concerned], he “would absolutely defend him,” adding “[the] Pakistani PM conducted that trip as part of his foreign policy”.
Regarding the timing of the visit to Russia, on the same day of Imran’s arrival in Moscow, Putin order Ukraine’s invasion, the FM said that “there’s no way we could have possibly known that that would be the time [when] the current conflict will start. And I believe it is very unfair to punish Pakistan for such an innocent action.”
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is currently in the US, where earlier he met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. During the meeting, FM Bilawal and SoS Blinken reiterated that both Pakistan and the US wanted to strengthen bilateral ties in the fields of economy, investment and regional security. He met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.