WE REFUSE TO BE ‘HIRED GUN’ FOR U.S., SAYS KHAN

Regina Leader-Post - - WORLD - Lon­don Daily Tele­graph

Pak­istan will no longer be Amer­ica’s “hired gun” to fight its wars, Im­ran Khan has said. Af­ter trad­ing barbs with Don­ald Trump in re­cent weeks, Pak­istan’s prime minister said he still wanted to be friends with the U.S., but wanted a broader re­la­tion­ship reach­ing be­yond se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion.

The for­mer crick­eter, pic­tured, said that Pak­istan was grow­ing closer to China be­cause the U.S. “has ba­si­cally pushed Pak­istan away.”

Pak­istan also an­nounced that it was ex­pelling 18 in­ter­na­tional char­i­ties and aid agen­cies af­ter they failed to over­turn ex­pul­sion or­ders. Shireen Mazari, the hu­man rights minister, said they spread mis­in­for­ma­tion.

The de­ci­sion was thought to have come af­ter pres­sure from the coun­try’s pow­er­ful spy ap­pa­ra­tus, which has pre­vi­ously ac­cused for­eign aid agen­cies of es­pi­onage. An­other 20 agen­cies are at risk of also be­ing re­moved.

Pres­i­dent Trump last month launched a tirade ac­cus­ing Pak­istan of du­plic­ity and “not do­ing a damn thing to help us” de­spite be­ing given bil­lions of dol­lars in mil­i­tary as­sis­tance.

Khan 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. We should never put our­selves in this po­si­tion again.”

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