Pakistan should have been "neutral" after the 9/11 terror attacks: Pak PM Imran Khan

SUKIRTI MISHRA 24/09/2019 11:42 AM


--Pakistan PM Imran Khan addressed an event at a think tank in New York City on Monday

--Khan said that Pakistan had committed a blunder by siding with US after the 9/11 attacks on its 'war against terror'

New York. Pakistan PM Imran Khan Monday asserted that joining US in its "war on terror" post  9/11 attacks was "one of the biggest blunders" of Pakistan. Referring to the former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf's decision to support the US after the 2001 terror attacks, Imran added that the previous governments "should not have pledged what they could not deliver." 

Imran was addressing the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) think tank in New York. Before the US invasion in Afghanistan in 2001, Pakistan was one of the three countries that had recognised the Taliban government in that country. However, following the 9/11 attack and the US invasion in Afghanistan, Pakistan sided with American forces against the Taliban. 

"In the 1980s, when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, Pakistan, helped by the US, organised the resistance to the Soviets. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) trained militants who were invited from all over the Muslim world for jihad against the Soviets," revealed Imran Khan. He also mentioned that Pakistan should have stayed neutral in the world affairs after the 9/11 attacks. 
Meanwhile, Khan also addressed the issue of Pakistan's economic crisis and said that his government had inherited "the biggest current account deficit" in the country's history because of which, he admitted that the first year had been a "real struggle." Significantly, he thanked China for aiding Pakistan “when we were at the rock bottom"

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