"I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun -- given money to fight someone else's war," Khan said in an interview with the Washington Post on Thursday, referring to the 1980s war against the Soviet Union and the ongoing war on terror.
"We should never put ourselves in this position again. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. We would like a proper relationship with the US," he said.
Asked to elaborate on the ideal nature of relationship that he would like to have with the US, Khan said: "For instance, our relationship with China is not one-dimensional. It's a trade relationship between two countries. We want a similar relationship with the US."
He said Pakistan was not "hedging" towards China, rather it was Washington's attitude which had brought a change in the bilateral relationship. "The US has basically pushed Pakistan away."
Asked why he "harboured anti-US sentiments", Khan said disagreeing with Washington's policies did not make him "anti-American".
"This is a very imperialistic approach. You are either with me or against me."
"It was humiliating that we were losing our soldiers and civilians and (suffering terrorist) bomb attacks because we were participating in the US war, and then our ally did not trust us to kill Bin Laden," he said, adding that the US "should have tipped off Pakistan".
"We did not know whether we were a friend or a foe."
He also dismissed claims that there were safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, saying that "there are no sanctuaries in Pakistan".
"The last thing we want is to have chaos in Afghanistan. There should be a settlement this time."
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