With Khawaja Asif as foreign minister, who needs enemies: Imran Khan

Says Asif's comments of ownership of militant groups undermines country's security

News Desk September 28, 2017
PTI Chairman Imran Khan. PHOTO: FILE

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has lashed out at Khawaja Asif for his recent remarks regarding militants operating in the country, saying Pakistan does not need enemies, with him as the foreign minister.

"Khawaja Asif's comments of ownership of militant groups coming from a Foreign Minister undermining Pakistan's security," the PTI chief said in a series of tweets on Thursday. "With such a FM, who needs enemies?"

During an interview with Asia Society held in conjunction with the 72nd UN General Assembly session in New York, Asif said Hafiz Saeed, Lashkar-e-Taiba were liabilities for his country.

"It is very easy to say Pakistan is floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)," he said, adding that "they are liabilities."

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"I accept that they are liabilities, but give us time to get rid of them because we don't have the assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them [our liabilities] further."

Earlier this month, talking to a private news channel, the foreign minister had acknowledged that LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad were the globally defunct organisations operating from Pakistan.

Referring to Asif's statement that Nawaz had paid a political price for peace efforts with India, Imran said, "Now evident that Dawn leaks was a deliberate attempt by PML-N to target Pakistani military at a time when it is fighting our enemies on multiple fronts."

The PTI chief went on to add that "Sharifs & their cronies [were] desperate to appease Indo-US lobby & interests as their loot/properties all stashed away in West."

Their continuous targeting of our armed forces continues today as part of this Indo-US appeasement, Imran said. "No concern for Pakistani lives sacrificed."

The PTI chief also hit out at the former premier Nawaz Sharif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for the economic conditions in the country.



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