Imran Khan wins over America amid India’s crying foul
The grace and charm of Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to have held America spellbound during entire his visit. The bad blood between Pakistan and the United States evaporated and people are calling it a successful tour in almost every aspect specially as far as regional diplomacy and mending ties with the superpower country are concerned.
The success of this visit is also being gauged through the facts that United States President Donald Trump has talked positively about (at least current leadership of) Pakistan and even offered mediation on Kashmir issue.
In a statement he praised the country saying that “Pakistan never lies,” an about-turn on his statement about a year and a half ago in which he had blamed that the country had given the US “nothing but lies and deceit”. He has explained his U-turn, accusing his predecessors for their policies.
“I don’t think Pakistan respected its (US) presidents (in the past). I think Pakistan could have done a tremendous amount with respect to Afghanistan. They didn’t do it and I don’t blame them because they were dealing with the wrong president. Who knows? But they’re helping us a lot now.
“I think they could have helped us a lot in the past, but it doesn’t matter (now). We have a new leader, he is going be a great leader of Pakistan,” he said while heaping praise on the prime minister and his government.
“I think Pakistan is going to do a lot. I really do. I think Pakistan is going to make a big difference. I think Pakistan will save millions of lives in Afghanistan because I really believe they can. They have a power that other nations don’t have with respect to Pakistan,” he said.
“To be honest, we have a better relationship with Pakistan right now than we did when we were paying that money. But all of that can come back depending on what we work out … and I think at the end of this, the end of very short time, we can have a very great relationship with Pakistan.
“It is a great country, they are very great people. I have many friends from Pakistan. They are great people, smart, tough. They are tough, there is no question about that. They are like him (pointing to PM Imran), they are tough,” said Trump. He must have been impressed after watching the historic gathering of Pakistani-Americans to welcome and listen to Imran Khan in Washington prior to meeting with him.
The cricketer-turned-politician has achieved his aim of dispelling misperceptions of the US president about Pakistan and its role in the region. He believed that this could only be achieved in face-to-face meeting with him and he did it.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Imran Khan had thanked US President Donald Trump for his warm and gracious hospitality and understanding Pakistan’s stance on different issues.
“I want to thank President Trump for his warm & gracious hospitality, his understanding of Pakistan’s point of view and his wonderful way of putting our entire delegation at ease,” he wrote.
The visit by Imran Khan has ignited fury in India, specially Trump’s offering mediation on Kashmir conflict during a joint press conference and revelation that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to arbitrate in the long-lingering dispute. The opposition has demanded from Modi to clarify Trump’s claim.
Premier Imran also presented across the case of Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror and offer for help in Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace talks with the Taliban in an extremely beautiful manner.
“The sole aim of my visit to the US was to create positive image about Pakistan. Both the countries need to trust each other,” said the PM in a statement.
The US has acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in Afghan peace process.