‘Dreaming’ about premiership, Imran says meeting Trump would be 'bitter pill' to swallow

Published: January 14, 2018
Imran Khan speaks to foreign media at Bani Gala. PHOTO: Twitter @anilakhawaja

Imran Khan speaks to foreign media at Bani Gala. PHOTO: Twitter @anilakhawaja

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan termed meeting US President Donald Trump as prime minister of Pakistan would be a “bitter pill” to swallow if his party wins the general elections this year.

The PTI chief, speaking foreign media at Bani Gala on Saturday, said that he would still meet him [Trump], the Voice of America reported.

“I will dread it, but I will have to swallow the bitter pill and meet him,” said Imran, adding, “Whether we would be able to communicate, I am not so sure, but of course we, countries, have to work with the United States.”

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Responding to the Trump’s accusations against Islamabad, including “lies and deceit” and harbouring militants battling American troops in the war-torn country, Imran said: “You cannot insult a country of 200 million people by blaming, scapegoating them for the disaster in Afghanistan. It was very insulting of him [Trump], the way he treated Pakistan. … He has treated Pakistan like a doormat. I just don’t think that that was very fair.”

A harsh critic of the US-led war, the cricketer-turned-politician reiterated his stance that while Pakistan should have supported US campaign against terrorism, deployment of its troops in the tribal areas near Pak-Afghan border should not have been done.

He blamed the policy for terrorist attacks in the country that have killed tens of thousands of Pakistanis in the past decade and causing a dent in the economy.


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Reader Comments (11)

  • Newton
    Jan 14, 2018 - 1:59PM

    Always too over confident IMRAN Not good Recommend

  • Singh
    Jan 14, 2018 - 3:01PM

    This is what you expect when you play double game which is being played for decades.Recommend

  • Hina Raheem
    Jan 14, 2018 - 5:26PM

    Trump would no doubt ask IK to take an IQ test first before they even get to meet knowing full well that a bad fall on the head can negatively impact IQ.Recommend

  • Tariq Amir
    Jan 14, 2018 - 6:21PM

    I am very hopeful Almighty Allah will spare him this ordeal. Recommend

  • Adeel
    Jan 14, 2018 - 7:14PM

    This is hilarious. Why does Imran Khan sb think he will be the prime minister of Pakistan any time soon!? May be after 10 years.Recommend

  • Wasim
    Jan 14, 2018 - 8:02PM

    Doormat? IK should be thankful Trump is not treating Pakistan like the commode that it is Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 14, 2018 - 8:56PM

    He has treated Pakistan like a doormat. I just don’t think that that was very fair.”

    Not like a door mat but a Butler that they were used to with the former military dictator Parvez Musharaf since 9/11 who was later not able tto explain Pakistn love affair with certain friendly Taliban leaders and later the presence of the OBL duplicate living after retirement in th summer rsort next to the elite military academy. There is no need for the current or future Prime Minister going to the Trumpers America. Not too late for IK as well to learn about the self respect shown by Pakistan current foreign minister.

    Rex Minor.. Recommend

  • F Khan
    Jan 14, 2018 - 9:20PM

    IK does not have to worry about meeting Trump.PTI will not win 2018 election anyway. Recommend

  • MS
    Jan 14, 2018 - 10:22PM

    Only when Peerni permits at the place, date and time of her calculations.Recommend

  • Sexton
    Jan 15, 2018 - 2:21AM

    Imran is on the right track. The US/UK Anglo Saxons have played their double games of deception for centuries now. I do not see them improving any time soon.Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Jan 15, 2018 - 8:42AM

    Trump will not meet any Pakistani PM in his tenure. This is assured.Recommend

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