Newly-elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan promised the country that “Pakistan will never fight someone else’s war again,” hinting at the gruesome ongoing war that commenced with US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. The Prime Minister was speaking at an event designed to commemorate Pakistan’s 53rd Defence Day and pay tribute to the martyrs of the 1965 war. The ceremony was held at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.
Further pinpointing it as an American war, he said that Pakistan was dragged into the nuisance, thereby taking a toll on the well-being of its own people and their betterment. He said that his focus as the Prime Minister will be to ensure the country’s general well-being and progress.
It may be noted here that PM Khan’s speech comes at a time when the country is under pressure from the United States of America pertaining to its surge in terrorism activities over the past few years. In fact, as one may recall, earlier this year United States President Donald Trump promised to cut off its aid to Pakistan, the sole motive of which was to curb terrorism-related tension in the state. Considering this, there is no doubt that Imran Khan’s statement comes under immense international pressure to curb terrorist activities that the country has been participating in for years.
Moreover, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the Minister of Defence, who were visiting Pakistan earlier this week, assured a renewed US-Pakistan relation only on the condition that Pakistan will stop segregating terrorists into “good” and “bad” categories and do more to curb terrorism from spreading its wings in the country as well as in the neighboring areas.
The event in Rawalpindi was attended by Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa and other eminent civil and military leaders. You may watch a detailed cover of the programme here –
Big statement by Pak PM Imran Khan on fight against terror
Posted by Republic on Thursday, September 6, 2018