Pakistan cannot afford to have “enmity with the US at all,” said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, as he vowed to repair the fence with all its allies and allies who have distanced themselves from Islamabad because of previous wrong foreign policies. the reign of Imran Khan.
Sharif, who took office on April 11, regretted that the previous government led by Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Khan had annoyed all the countries that had always helped Pakistan in difficult times, especially China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries. another. United States of America.
He said there was a need to end mistrust between Pakistan and the United States, and the two countries needed to see if they had made any mistakes in the past, the Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.
“Pakistan cannot afford to be hostile to the US at all,” Sharif, also president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) said while answering questions from senior reporters during a breaking of fast ceremony at the Prime Minister’s House. on Tuesday.
Khan was ousted from power after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he claimed was part of a U.S. -led conspiracy targeting him because of his independent foreign policy decisions on Russia, China and Afghanistan.
The cricketer -turned -politician has repeatedly claimed that his political opponents conspired with the US to create a regime in Pakistan. But he provided no credible evidence of this and Washington has vehemently denied any foreign intervention.
Although Sharif touched on all issues during his nearly hour -long conversation with reporters, his main emphasis remained on foreign policy, the report said.
He spoke about his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia and also expressed his concern over the suicide attacks on Chinese nationals in Karachi early Tuesday.
The prime minister said he was expected to hold talks on bilateral issues and cooperation with the Saudi leadership during his visit to Riyadh starting Thursday.
Criticizing the previous government over its flawed foreign policy, Sharif said the PTI government first annoyed the Qatari royal family by pointing a finger at a contract signed by Pakistan for gas purchases in 2016, and then they did the same to China when they shouted foul and corruption in Chinese projects launched in Pakistan under the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Criticizing the government’s previous foreign policy, he said that Saudi Arabia had provided oil on deferred payments to Pakistan, as well as deposited money with the central bank to help the country’s economy; the PTI government has told Saudi Arabia “we can raise the issue of Kashmir without you”.
On his government’s Afghan policy, Sharif said: “What is good for Afghanistan, it is good for Pakistan and vice versa.” Prime Minister Sharif’s media interaction was also attended by Home Minister Rana Sanaullah, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Musaddiq Malik and other senior PML-N leaders.
Commenting on the marches and rallies planned by Khan-led Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf party, he said that his government did not believe in the politics of revenge, but he also would not tolerate anarchy in the country.
On the media, Sharif said he believed in freedom of speech and it was important for the media to highlight the mistakes of his government.