Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has said that meeting US President Donald Trump would be a “bitter pill” to swallow for him if he becomes Pakistan’s prime minister after general elections scheduled in 2018, however, he would still meet him in the interest of the country.
Khan said he has been a strong opponent of Pakistan’s participation in the war on terror following the 9/11 attacks on the US in 2001. “Pakistan had nothing to do with it,” he said
He remarked that though he supported co-operation with the United States but not the involvement of Pakistan’s military into a ground battle with its own people in the tribal regions.
Imran Khan said that Donald Trump used Pakistan as a scapegoat for the US-led coalition’s failure to defeat the Taliban and bring peace In Afghanistan.
The PTI leader added that thousands of Pakistan’s soldiers died battling insurgents in its tribal regions, as well as that of tens of thousands of Pakistanis died in terrorist attacks thanks to the war on terror.
The way the United States has treated Pakistan as a doormat is not fair,” he said.
Khan said he was committed to mainstreaming madrassas in the country.
He said he wants graduates of religious seminaries to have skills that will allow them to find jobs across all sectors.