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Pakistan doesn't want to be treated like hired guns: Imran Khan to US

ANI  |  Islamabad [Pakistan] 

has said that his country would never share a relationship with the if the latter continues to treat the Islamic country as its "hired gun".

In his first foreign interview to the Washington Post, the newly-elected said that would never accept money to fight someone else's war as it not only costs human lives but also puts the dignity of a country at stake.

"I would never want to have a relationship where is treated like a hired gun - given money to fight someone else's war. We should never put ourselves in this position again. It not only cost us human lives, the devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. We would like a proper relationship with the US," said.

Khan's statement came in the wake of constant allegations from the US officials that Pakistan has been harbouring terrorists in its soil.

Clarifying that Pakistan had no role in the September 2001 attack on New York's Trade Centre, said, "I have never understood these accusations. Pakistan had nothing to do with 9/11 (terror attack). was in No Pakistani was involved. And yet Pakistan was asked to participate in the US war. There were a lot of people in Pakistan who opposed it, including me."

He further said that by becoming the front-line state for the US in the war on terror, Pakistan went through "hell". "Not only there was a loss to more than 80,000 lives but also the war cost over USD 150 billion from the country's fund. It further dwindled the Pakistani economy so much so that neither investors were ready to invest nor any country chose to play sports with Pakistan," he added.

Comparing Pakistan's relationship with its neighbour China, Khan said, "For instance, our relationship with is not one-dimensional. It's a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar relationship with the US."

Replying to the presence of in Pakistan, Khan said that there are no sanctuaries in Pakistan for terror outfits.

Earlier this week, US Trump in a letter to the Pakistan asked for his assistance in bringing the to the negotiating table. To this, the reiterated that "peace in is in Pakistan's interest" and promised to do "everything" possible.

Recently, US and engaged into a war of words on after the former, in an interview with said that Pakistan doesn't do "a damn thing for us," and also alleged that the country helped wanted terrorist to hide in its soil. Responding to Trump's statement, Khan asked the US to assess its failure in tackling terrorism instead of making Pakistan a scapegoat.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:43 IST