In his continued attempt to change the narrative within and around Pakistan since assuming the post of the country's Prime Minister, Imran Khan has revealed his country's stand on terror, specifically, that Pakistan won't participate in any other country's war on terror.
Addressing an Army event at Rawalpindi, that was attended by a number of eminent persons of the country, Khan revealed that he was against the war on terror from the start, and henceforth, his country's policy would be for the betterment of its own people.
Imran Khan said:
"The war on terror, of which we just saw videos, images, and General Bajwa spoke about it as well, I was against it and I didn't want Pakistan to fight anyone else's war. And God willing, I make this promise to you, Pakistan will not be a part of any other country's war. Our job is to stand for our own people and Pakistan's policy will also be for the betterment of our own people."
Speaking after the chief of Pakistan's politically powerful army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Imran Khan praised Pakistan's forces and intelligence in making the country safe against threats, and, in what can easily also be considered a testament to the standing of the traditionally coup-happy Pak Army in the country's political affairs, he even went so far as to say that the Pakistan army was the only institution in the country where no political interference takes place.
In declaring Pakistan to be against the war on terror, Imran Khan has not only given his country a clean chit with regards to the terrorism that is perpetrated from its soil, but also appeared to blame foreign countries for the terrorism and situation within Pakistan, almost as though the military aid that was so gratefully accepted till just recently was thrust down its throat. Additionally, praising the Army also doesn't hold up against the irrefutable fact that Osama Bin Laden, whose actions began the war on terror, had been harboured within visual range of a Pakistan army installation, and 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed continues to roam free.
Since Imran Khan came into power, his country has repeatedly been told by the US to do more against terrorism. While his foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has refuted this each time, the US has refused to budge from its version of events, and has even moved to block $300 million in military aid to India's neighbour.