Pak­istan craves for peace, will rise with honour, says Im­ran

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

islamabad — Pak­istan will no longer fight some­one else’s war, Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan said in a tele­vised ad­dress.

Khan also re­it­er­ated his back­ing for a re­cent push by the US for talks with the Tale­ban in Afghanistan and said he wants Pak­istan to move for­ward with “honour”.

“We will no longer fight some­one else’s war, nor will we bow down in front of any­one”, the former crick­eter said.

Islamabad joined Washington’s “war on terror” in 2001, and says it has paid a heavy price for the al­liance, which sparked a mil­i­tant back­lash and home­grown mil­i­tant groups who turned their guns on the Pak­istani state, cost­ing thou­sands of lives. Se­cu­rity has dra­mat­i­cally im­proved in re­cent years af­ter a mil­i­tary crack­down.

Khan, who has long been vo­cal about Pak­istan’s role in the war on terror, said his coun­try wants “peace with all”.

“Thanks (God) that to­day, the same peo­ple who were ask­ing to do more are now ask­ing us to help them in Afghanistan, to es­tab­lish peace and to ne­go­ti­ate,” he said.

Mean­while, ad­dress­ing a gath­er­ing of stu­dents from Balochis­tan at the Prime Min­is­ter Of­fice in Islamabad Prime Min­is­ter Im­ran Khan has said that hav­ing a strong de­sire of peace with all sans any fear from and sub­mit­ting to any world power,

Pak­istan would rise in the comity of na­tions with pride and dig­nity by fol­low­ing the prin­ci­ples of the State of Mad­ina, in­clud­ing democ­racy, mer­i­toc­racy, jus­tice and rule of law.

“We will nei­ther fight oth­ers’ war nor sub­mit be­fore any one. We want peace with all,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter re­ferred to the United States’ re­peated “do more” mantra re­gard­ing peace in Afghanistan in the past and said now they (the US) were say­ing what we had been say­ing since the be­gin­ning, and have sought Pak­istan’s help for a ne­go­ti­ated and peace­ful res­o­lu­tion of the Afghan prob­lem.

Im­ran Khan re­gret­ted that Pak­istani lead­ers in the past gave an im­pres­sion that if they did not sub­mit to the su­per­power’s de­sire of fight­ing oth­ers’ war, the coun­try would face great dif­fi­cul­ties.

He said re­quired funds could not be spent on hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment in Balochis­tan in the past. How­ever, his gov­ern­ment would strive to al­lo­cate more funds for higher ed­u­ca­tion so as to im­prove the lot of peo­ple in that prov­ince.

The prime min­is­ter also promised to visit Gwadar. The prime min­is­ter dis­cussed the mas­sive eco­nomic prob­lems his gov­ern­ment had in­her­ited and said ow­ing to the cor­rec­tive mea­sures be­ing taken by the PTI gov­ern­ment the sit­u­a­tion would im­prove with the pas­sage of time.

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