In one more topsy turvy, contradictory and embarrassing interview, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was seen praising the Taliban and making excuses for them.
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Khan in an nearly hour-long interview to Middle East Eye’s (a London-based on-line information outlet) David Hearst and Peter Oborne admitted to ‘India bombing Pakistan,’ urged the West to ascertain a dialogue with the Taliban, known as India the brand new ‘Israel’ and dodged questions pertaining to Uyghur Muslims.
‘Taliban the best bet to take on ISIS’
In a wide-ranging interview, Khan urged the West to ascertain a dialogue with the Taliban calling them the most effective guess to tackle ISIS. “Taliban are the best bet to take on Daesh,” PM Imran Khan asserted.
He particularly requested the United States to provoke a dialogue with the brand new (designated world terrorist-led) Afghanistan authorities saying if the US doesn’t take the lead, Pakistan would be the most affected by it.
He additional mentioned that the US has no different possibility however to do every little thing it could possibly to help and stabilize the brand new setup in Afghanistan, because the Taliban was the ‘only option’ for combating ISIS within the area. He didn’t clarify why then, Pakistan pretended for 20 years to battle towards the Taliban whereas giving shelter and help to Taliban radicals.
Khan additionally expressed uncertainty about Afghanistan and mentioned, “Events in the neighbouring country are still evolving and people like us still don’t know where it will go.”
Khan hails Taliban, says they shouldn’t be ‘pushed’ about human rights
The Pakistani Prime Minister additional spent a few minutes emphasizing the necessity for recognizing the Taliban authorities in Afghanistan.
They want an inclusive authorities as a result of Afghanistan is a various society,” Khan mentioned claiming that he’s working with the neighbouring international locations, notably Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, which have sizeable ethnic minorities inside Afghanistan, to encourage the Taliban to widen illustration.
When requested concerning the Taliban curbing primary human and girls rights, Khan preached that one mustn’t ‘push’ the Islamic group and somewhat interact in talks.
“The best way is to incentivize them to walk the talk (on rights)… But if you force them, I would imagine the nature of the people is such that they will push back and it would be counterproductive,” he mentioned.
‘Haven’t spoken to President Biden’
David Hearst and Peter Oborne expressed utter shock when Khan embarrassingly admitted to not have spoken to US President Joe Biden as but.
“What did President Biden say when you put these points to him, as I imagine you would have done?” requested Peter Oborne.
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“No, I haven’t spoken to President Biden as yet,” replied Khan. When Oborne reiterated his query in bewilderment, Khan mentioned, “Well, it’s you know, it’s up to him, it’s a superpower. I mean our security chiefs have spoken.”
“You are immediate neighbor to Afghanistan and whether the US likes it or not you have an immense influence on the country. President Biden has not spoken to you. I find that absolutely astonishing,” remarked Oborne.
‘India bombed us’
Harping over India’s Balakot strike but once more, the Pakistan PM admitted that India had certainly ‘bombed’ them.
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“We kept telling them to give us evidence (of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack) and we will punish or hand them over to India, but they produced no evidence and bombed us instead,” mentioned Khan.
‘Selective pronouncements are immoral’
Successfully safeguarding the popularity of its all-weather ally China, Khan mentioned ‘selective pronouncements’ on human rights have been ‘immoral’ when requested about Beijing’s human rights violations on Uyghur Muslim inhabitants within the restive province of Xinjiang.
The Pakistani PM additional described the 70-year-old relation between Pakistan and China because the one which “stood the test of time”. When probed additional on the genocide of the minority Muslim inhabitants by its buddy, he mentioned, “Our relationship with China is such that we have an understanding between us. We will talk to each other, but behind closed doors, because that is their nature and culture.”
‘India learning from Israel’
The Pakistan Prime Minister additional lamented that India is drawing inspiration from Israel when it comes to territorial occupation.
“(Israel has) built such a strong security apparatus and [they] just crush anything. They send people who kill and assassinate and they have total immunity because they have confidence over US’ veto power in the UNSC,” mentioned Khan, insinuating that India does the identical with Pakistan.
“..I feel that India feels [it has immunity] because they are being used… as a bulwark against China,” claimed Khan.
‘India controls world cricket’
Just a few days after Pakistan Cricket Board Chief Ramiz Raja mentioned ‘India can topple PCB,’ Khan additionally claimed that world cricket is underneath India’s management.
“Money is a big player now. For the players, as well as for the cricket boards. The money lies in India, so basically, India controls world cricket now,” ranted Khan.
“No one would dare do that to India because they know that the sums involved, India can sort of produce much more money,” he mentioned whereas criticizing the England and New Zealand cricket groups for pulling out of a tour in Pakistan citing ‘security concerns.’