Imran Khan paints Pakistan as a victim of US ungratefulness

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NEW YORK (AP) – Prime Minister Imran Khan tried to throw Pakistan as a victim of US ingratitude and international double standards in his speech to the UN General Assembly on Friday.

In a pre-recorded speech broadcast tonight, the Pakistani Prime Minister addressed a range of topics including climate change, global Islamophobia and the “developing world plunder of their corrupt elites” – the latter of which he likened to what the East India Company did to India.

It was for the Government of India that Khan reserved his harshest words and once again labeled Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government as “fascist”. But the cricketer became a handsome international celebrity who became a politician was in turn upset and complaining when he painted the United States as an overlord of both Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan.

“For the current situation in Afghanistan, for some reason, Pakistan has been blamed for the change of events, by politicians in the United States and some politicians in Europe,” Khan said. “From this platform, I want them all to know that the country that suffered the most, apart from Afghanistan, was Pakistan when we joined the US war on terror after 9/11.”

He started a story that began with the United States and Pakistan training the mujahedeen — regarded as heroes by then-President Ronald Reagan, he said — during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. But Pakistan had to give up the pieces – millions of refugees and new sectarian militant groups – when the Soviets and Americans left in 1989.

Khan said the United States sanctioned its former partner a year later, but then called again after the 9/11 attacks. Khan said Pakistan’s aid to the United States cost 80,000 Pakistani lives and caused internal strife and inequality against the state, all while the United States carried out drone strikes.

“So, when we hear this at the end. There is a lot of concern in the United States about taking care of the interpreters and everyone who helped the United States, he says, referring to Afghanistan. “We then?”

Instead of just a “word of appreciation”, Pakistan has been blamed, Khan said.

Despite Khan’s rhetoric advocating a desire for peace, many Afghans have blamed Pakistan for the revival of the Taliban in Afghanistan due to close ties. In August, the UN also rejected Pakistan’s request to give its party a special meeting on Afghanistan, indicating the international community’s shared skepticism.

In his speech, Khan reiterated what his foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, told the Associated Press earlier this week alongside the UN: the international community should not isolate the Taliban, but instead strengthen the current Afghan government for the sake of the people.

He expressed an optimistic tone about the Taliban’s rule, saying that its leaders had committed themselves to human rights, an inclusive government and not allowed terrorists on Afghan soil. But messages from the Taliban have been mixed.

A Taliban founder told AP earlier this week that hard-liners would once again carry out executions and amputated hands — however, this time after judgments by judges, including women, and possibly not in public.

“If the world community stimulates them and encourages them to join this conversation, it will be a win-win situation for everyone,” he said.

Khan also turned his anger on the same society for what he perceives as a free pass given to India.

“It is unfortunate, very unfortunate, that the world’s attitude towards human rights violations is uneven and even selective. Geopolitical considerations, or corporate interests, commercial interests often force great powers to overlook the violations in their affiliated countries, Khan says.

He went through a series of actions that have “liberated a reign of fear and violence against India’s 200 million strong Muslim communities,” he said, including lynchings, pogroms and discriminatory citizenship laws.

As in previous years, Khan-who prefers to give his speeches in his fluent British, unlike Modi’s Hindi addresses, devoted much time to Kashmir.

“New Delhi has also embarked on what it ominously calls the ‘final solution’ to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” Khan said, rattling off a list of what he called “gross and systematic human rights abuses” committed by Indian forces. . He specifically rejected the “forced snatching of the deadly remnants of the great Kashmiri leader”, Syed Ali Geelani , who died earlier this month at 91.

Geelani’s family has told authorities took his body and buried him discreetly and without their consent, the separatist leader denied that in Kashmir he venerated a proper Islamic burial. Khan urged the General Assembly to demand Geelani’s proper burial and rituals.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan and has been claimed by both since they gained independence from the British Empire and began fighting over their rival claims.

He said Pakistan wanted peace, but that it was India’s responsibility to make a meaningful commitment.

Modi will address the UN General Assembly in person on Saturday, a day later a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden.


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