Wednesday’s statement by Prime Minister Imran Khan, that there will be no compromise on Pakistan’s sovereignty sent a clear message to Pakistan that it could partner with the United States in peace but not in conflict.
While addressing the National Assembly, the Prime Minister stated that after concluding that there was no military solution to the problem, the US had asked Pakistan to bring the Afghan Taliban back to the negotiating table. He stated, “But we don’t want strategic depth in Afghanistan. We don’t want any government other than our own. And we will respect the decision made by Afghan people.”
When asked if Pakistan would surrender its bases to the US, he said that Pakistan would not compromise its sovereignty. “Did they praise or acknowledge our support in the past? They said they have double standards,” said the prime minister in his historic speech to the National Assembly.
During the address of the prime minister in the House, the main opposition parliamentarians, including Shehbaz Sharif and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Shahid Khaqan Absbasi, Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Zardari, Bilawal Bhutto Zadari, Bilawal Bhutto Zidari, Ahsan Iqbal, Ahsan Iqbal, Asad Mahmood, were not present.
He remembered that the Pakistani government had in the past decided that Pakistan would be the frontline in the war against terror. “If any nation could lose its 70,000 people and incur $150 billion for war of others,”
He said that Pakistanis were also captured and sent to Guantanamo. Some US leaders claimed that Musharraf was in danger and kept pushing him. “Musharraf also acknowledged in his book that they sent our people to Guantanamo.” He was then questioned about which law permitted him to do this.
Prime Minister recalled that Pakistan sent its troops to tribal areas in response to the Tora Bora incident. The operation was also started in half of Fata.
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He was called Taliban Khan and pro Talibanian for saying that the military solution to Afghanistan would not work. He said, “I want you to remember that the Afghan people have never accepted any external interference.”
“This is also our darkest chapter in history, that our ally US used drone attacks against our territory, and after such attack the Pakistanis and its troops faced terror attacks,” he stated. He added that the then government had lied to the people by denying that drone attacks were allowed.
Admiral Mullen had said during a meeting that it was the Pakistani government who had granted permission for drone strikes. He had humiliated himself in the eyes of the international community.
He stated that the idea of enlightened moderation, which saw people wearing two-piece suits and learning English, further damaged self-esteem. Stated, “I repeat, no country will accept a nation without self-esteem.”
Paying tribute to Jammu and Kashmiris, PM Imran Khan stated that Pakistan stands behind them. He also reiterated that no diplomatic relations will be restored with New Delhi. There would be no negotiations with India until India rescinds its illegal actions of August 5, 2019.