KARACHI: I am not against the United States of America, or any other country, but just against their policies on the war on terror, said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan while talking to media personnel outside the Karachi airport on Wednesday.
American Ambassador Cameron Munter’s earlier comments that Imran and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif had assured him of being pro-US if they formed the government, had put the PTI leader in the hot spot.
“[Munter] either misunderstood or misquoted my discussion with him regarding Pak-US relations,” clarified Imran.
He said that the PTI had consistently opposed the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s involvement in it. “If we have to win the War on Terror, we have to get out of it. It has caused a lot of suffering in Pakistan,” he said. “The Americans are now realising what PTI has been saying since the beginning, that war is not the answer to terrorism.”
While explaining his party’s opposition towards the reopening of the Nato supply routes in the country, Imran said that the resumption of further the US war effort in Afghanistan.
“Why doesn’t [the Pakistani government] reveal the names of the 22 people who were killed in the last drone attack? It knows that if it did, then even the American public will turn against [the war] as innocent people are being killed.” He added that his party would organise a walk on July 14 in Peshawar to protest against the drone attacks in the country.
While talking about the dual nationality law under debate in the parliament, Imran said that while overseas Pakistanis were a valuable asset for the country, they should not be allowed to draft laws or hold key offices. “All overseas Pakistanis, however, should have the right to vote.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 12th, 2012.