Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed regret over his country’s past dealings with the United States, asserting that Pakistan will not act as a ‘hired gun’ for the US anymore.
“I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war. We should never put ourselves in this position again,” said Khan in a Washington Post interview published on Thursday.
Responding to US claims that Pakistan has been harboring militants within its borders, Khan stressed that his country had in fact served the US by participating in the so-called war on terror, a war Islamabad had “nothing to do with”.
“If we had stayed neutral after 9/11, I reckon we would have saved ourselves from the devastation that took place afterward. By becoming the front-line state for the US in the war on terror, this country went through hell,” said Khan.