Imran Khan praises India’s ‘independent foreign policy’
Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan. (REUTERS/Saiyna Bashir)
PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday (20) lauded India for following an “independent foreign policy”.
Addressing a public rally in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, he said India, which is part of the Quad grouping, has imported crude oil from Russia despite American sanctions on Moscow.
The Quad grouping has the US, India, Japan and Australia as its members.
The US-led Western countries have imposed crippling economic sanctions on Russia for its military offensive in Ukraine which was ordered by president Vladimir Putin on February 24
Khan said his foreign policy would also favour the people of Pakistan.
“I haven’t bowed before anyone and will not let my nation bow either,” said Khan, who is rallying public support ahead of a no-confidence vote against him in parliament.
Breaking from the tradition of not openly discussing complicated matters relating to foreign relations in public rallies, Khan mentioned that he had said “absolutely no” to the European Union (EU) envoys seeking Pakistan’s support against Russia in the Ukraine conflict because “they broke protocol by making the request”.
He said Pakistan would have gained nothing by complying with the EU request.
“We became part of America’s war against terror in Afghanistan and lost 80,000 people and $100 billion,” he said.
It is for the second time he spoke against a statement by the EU and other Western countries asking Pakistan earlier this month to condemn the Russian intervention in Ukraine.
In his previous address, Khan had also asked the EU if it would make a similar demand to India.