Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan stated on Tuesday, adding that 40 various militant organizations were working in his country Consecutive governments in Pakistan did not reveal the truth in particular in the last 15 years, to the United States.
“We were fighting the US war on terror. Pakistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan. There were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. But we joined the US war. Unfortunately, when things went wrong, where I blame my government, we did not tell the US exactly the truth on the ground,” Imran Khan said.
He was discussing a Capitol Hill reception hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. Lee is also a part of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans.
Khan told the lawmakers, was that the Pakistani governments were not in power.
“There were 40 different militant groups operating within Pakistan. So Pakistan went through a period where people like us were worried about could we survive it. So while the US expected us to do more and help the US win the war, Pakistan at that time was fighting for its own existence,” he said.
Khan said it was essential that he met President Donald Trump and other top American leaders.
“We have explained to them that the way forward is: number one, the relationship has to be based on mutual trust,” he said, adding that he would be honest in telling the US what Pakistan could do in the peace process.
Seeking its best to get the Taliban on the table to begin this dialogue Pakistan, Khan stated. “So far, we have done pretty fine,” he stated and cautioned the US that the process was not going to be easy.
“Do not expect this to be a simple reason being it is a very complex situation in Afghanistan. But rest assured, we would be trying our best. The entire nation is standing behind me. The Pakistan Army, the security forces, all are behind me. We all have one objective, and it is the same objective as the US, which is to have a peaceful solution as quickly as possible in Afghanistan,” Khan stated.
In his last public meeting before winding up his turbulent three-day US tour, Khan suspected that the US-Pak relationship was now on a different level.
“It was painful for us to watch the mistrust between the two countries,” he lamented, adding, “We hope that from now onwards, our relationship will be completely different.”