Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday that Pakistan’s decision to join the US-led war on terror was the biggest mistake in history. The PM, who is in the US to address United Nations General Assembly, was addressing the Council of Foreign Relations in New York.
The PM said that if the US was unsuccessful in Afghanistan for the past 19 years then it is a bleak possibility it will emerge victorious in the next 19 years. In his speech, the premier said that the previous governments failed to find a solution to the economic woes, adding that due to the persistent issues, the current government had to rely on the International Monetary Fund.
PM Imran said that China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates helped Pakistan and particularly its economy in taxing times. Responding to questions, PM Imran said that the government approached the IMF due to current account deficit.
He further said that the US had left Pakistan alone after the withdrawal of Russia (former Soviet Union) from neighbouring Afghanistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued yet another warning on the negative effects of India’s oppressive actions in occupied Kashmir, saying they pose “a clear threat to regional peace and stability”.
Answering a question regarding former US defence secretary James Mattis’ remark that he considered Pakistan to be “the most dangerous” among all countries he had dealt with, Prime Minister Imran said: “I do not think James Mattis fully understands why Pakistan became radicalised.—APP