Democratic Pakistan critical to interests in region, world: US
The US State Department principal deputy spokesperson Vedant Patel said that a prosperous and democratic Pakistan was critical to US interests.
“The US doesn’t have a position on one political candidate of a party versus another. We support the peaceful upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal principles,” Vedant Patel said on Wednesday.
When asked to comment on PTI chairman Imran Khan’s apparent change of heart regarding the US-backed regime change narrative Vedant Patel said, ““We will not let propaganda, misinformation, and disinformation get in the way of any bilateral relationship, including our valued bilateral partner with Pakistan.”
He added the US valued its longstanding cooperation with Pakistan and had always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to US interests.
“That remains unchanged,” Patel added.
Earlier, former prime minister Imran Khan, who blamed the Washington behind his ouster, said he no longer “blamed” the US administration for his removal from the premier office.
Regarding the role of US in the alleged conspiracy, Imran Khan commented that, “As far as I’m concerned it’s over, it’s behind me. The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States.”
He further said that “Our relationship with US has been like master and slave and we have been used like a hired gun, but for that I blame our governments more than US”.