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Pak should strengthen ties with India, instead of US: Hina Rabbani

Khar said Pakistan must not pin high hopes on the US any more

Press Trust of India  |  Lahore 

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Hina Rabbani Khar, Former foreign minister of Pakistan. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

should strengthen its ties with and other neighbours instead of becoming a US client state, former has said.

Speaking on the US-relationship at ThinkFest here on Saturday, said always imagined itself as a complete strategic partner, which was far-fetched, Dawn reported on Sunday.

She said that with a begging bowl in both hands, Pakistan cannot command respect in the comity of nations.

"Pakistan's most important relations should be with its neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, India, and instead of the US," said Khar, the first woman of Pakistan.

"The US does not deserve that much importance as is given in Pakistan because our economy is not dependent on US aid, as is widely believed," said the Pakistan People's Party leader, who held the position of from February 2011 until March 2013.

During her tenure, was killed in a covert US military raid in Pakistan's garrison city of in May 2011.

said Pakistan must not pin high hopes on the US any more.

She said Pakistan must get out of the Afghan war and refuse to become front-line state again. Pakistan had suffered the maximum damage of the 17-year long Afghan war, she added.

"Despite being front-line state and the most suffered ally, the US had put Pakistan at number 54 on the list of countries it had trade partnerships," she lamented.

Referring to government's claims of copying China, she said had brought its people out of poverty, while the Pakistani rulers were doing the opposite.

First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 13:40 IST