Imran Khan says he no longer blames US for his ouster
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.
The latest remarks by Imran Khan are being considered surprising as the PTI chairman has been campaigning on the slogan that a foreign conspiracy led to his removal ever since he was sacked from the primer’s office through a no-confidence motion and that the US government was behind it.
The surprising remarks came to light while giving an interview to the British newspaper ‘Financial Times’, where Khan said that, “he wants dignified relations between US and Pakistan.”
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”.
The PTI chairman admitted that the visit to Moscow a day before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was an ‘embarrassment’. He, however, added that trip was organised months in advance.
Referring to the role of the Pakistan Army, he said that the military leadership can play a constructive role for Pakistan in the future.
The former prime minister stressed that there should be a balance in civil-military relations because an elected government cannot be one that is entrusted by the people while the authority lies somewhere else.
It should be noted that, last month Imran Khan admitted to being a powerless prime minister during his tenure and said that despite being the prime minister, orders came from ‘elsewhere. ‘
Notably, the PTI chief was removed from office through a vote of no-confidence by the then-opposition on April 9, becoming the first premier to be removed through the move. Khan, who says US treats Pakistan as a “slave”, blamed PM Shehbaz Sharif and the US for his ouster, however, both deny the claims.