ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday warned against the spoilers of Afghan peace process. He said there was one country India which did not want to see peace in Afghanistan.
Talking with Al-Jazeera, Imran Khan said Pakistan had tried its best to get the Taliban and the Afghan government on the table of negotiations. “We have reached close to peace and political reconciliation. This is a miracle that this is happening in Afghanistan and we pray this happens. Pakistan has a stake in a peaceful Afghanistan. Whatever the Afghans think good for them is good for us,” he said when asked about the Afghan peace process.
The prime minister warned the world of serious implications of breakout of any conflict between Pakistan and India over the disputed region of Kashmir.
He said Pakistan had raised the lingering dispute at all the forums and it will continue doing so. He said the world was not responding on the issue as unfortunately they were willing to ignore the huge travesty of justice for their commercial interests with India. He said it did not mean we sit down quietly and accept the injustice. He expressed the strong commitment to continue to draw the world attention towards the dispute.
Imran Khan said eight million people in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were in an open prison and eight hundred thousand troops were oppressing them.
PM Imran said both the civilian government and the military have the most harmonious relationship. He said we are working in complete coordination and cooperation. He said the military is standing together with the government’s policies related to India or Afghanistan.
Responding to a question, the PM said Saudi Arabia would always remain friend of Pakistan. However, Pakistan wanted the OIC play a bigger on Kashmir dispute, he added.
Imran Khan said he never believed in any military solutions. He said this was the reason he extended a hand of friendship to India after assuming the power.
He said the tragedy of India was that it was being ruled by an extremist government inspired by the ideology of Nazis.
When asked about multi billion dollars China Pakistan Economic Corridor project, Imran Khan said, “We have excellent relations with China. Our economic future is linked to China. Pakistan can really benefit from the way china has lifted people out of poverty.”
He said Pakistan also had a very good relationship with the United States as both the countries were partner in the Afghan peace process.
When asked about normalization of relations between the UAE and Israel, the premier said if Palestinians were not allowed to have a just and viable state, the issue would not die down even some countries recognize Israel. He said the issue would keep festering.
Turning to the domestic situation, the Prime Minister said Pakistan has been put on the right direction over the last two years. He said we have introduced economic reforms and facilitated the businesses.
Imran Khan said Pakistan is a country with tremendous potential. He said new changes are taking place in Pakistan. Our whole policies are aimed at lifting the people out of poverty.
Regarding Covid-19 situation, the Prime Minister said Pakistan made probably the best but difficult decision of not imposing the complete lockdown. We went for a smart lockdown to control the pandemic and protect the vulnerable segments of the society from its impacts.
Reaffirming the government’s stance against corruption, Imran Khan said this is the first time that the powerful are being held accountable.