WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Pakistan had always close ties with the United States and expressed the hope to get back to the relationship, which was based on truth and trust as well as mutual respect.
Speaking to the US Congressmen at the Capitol Hill, where a reception was held in his honour, the prime minister said the whole idea of his coming there was to make the people in the United States have a better understanding of Pakistan.
He said unfortunately, he felt that there had been a lot of misunderstanding. Pakistan was not understood there, specifically in the last 15 year when the war on terror was being fought in Afghanistan and on the border of Pakistan.
“I feel Pakistan had not been properly represented to US. The Pakistani point of view had not been appropriately presented to the politicians of US as I sensed from my conversation with Speaker Pelosi and other representatives,” PM Imran said.
PM Imran said that we want the people to know what we felt when we gave 70,000 lives to a war we were fighting for US. “It was partly a fault of previous Pakistani governments who did not apprise US of the actual situation. That in order to “Do More” and help US win this war, Pakistan was fighting for its own existence”
PM Imran said: “I think it’s time to reset the Pak-US relationship to one based on mutual respect.”
Prime Minister said that War on Terror has been the longest ongoing war. And US knows our interests are mutual. We at Pakistan will be making sure there is a political solution to this war and we’ll do everything we can to achieve that.
Earlier, PM Khan was warmly welcomed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on reaching the Capitol Hill on invitation of congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus to attended a reception by senators and members House of Representatives