Pakistan seeks dignified relationship with the US, affirms PM Imran

08:35 PM | 23 Jul, 2019
Pakistan seeks dignified relationship with the US, affirms PM Imran
WASHINGTON - Prime Minister Imran Khan asserted that he seeks a dignified relationship with the United States, much as friends and not in the manner it has been before.

"I hate the idea that we would be asking for funds not from US but from anyone as aid has been one of the greatest curses for my country," said the Pakistani premier as he addressed the audience at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington on Tuesday.

The Pakistani premier expressed that he received tons of suggestions ahead of his meeting with President Trump and was pleasantly surprised at the way he was hosted by the US President during his maiden meeting.

"We were blown over," Khan said, adding that we have decided that we will now have a good relationship with the U.S.

"When I came here in 2009, I told everyone, Democratic & Republican leaders, that there is no military solution in Afghanistan. This time, everyone gets that. That's why we'll have a good relationship with the U.S., everyone is on the same page," the Pakistani premier said.

The Pakistani premier started his speech by recounting his efforts both in the field of cricket as well as philanthropy, recalling the days he was busy building the cancer hospital.

He also dished in on his ascension in politics, crediting the social media for the success.

Pm Imran in interaction with global thinkers at USIP

"We won because of social media... Had there been no social media, we would not have won against the established parties," Imran Khan said.

Afterwards, he turned towards global affairs, especially the ongoing Afghan war and Pakistan's role in bringing peace to the region.

"It's not going to be easy, to get a peaceful settlement with the Taliban as it has no centralized command," the premier shared.

There is no military solution in Afghanistan, affirmed the Pakistani Prime Minister and said he will meet the Taliban and tell them to talk to the Afghan govt.

"I believe the election in Afghanistan should be inclusive and Taliban must be included," the Pakistani premier highlighted.

'We have decided to disarm the armed groups,' said the Pakistani leader and added that it was in the interest of Pakistan.

"Police is not capable of disarming militant groups in Pakistan. They have experience of fighting in wars. It's the army that is helping us disarm these groups," he shared.

The Pakistani premier rejected the perception that the country's press was facing censorship.

Pakistani media is free'ier than the British media. It is not just free but sometimes out of control, he claimed and added that he was the biggest beneficiary of free media and there was no question of clamping down on media.

The Pakistani leader also addressed the issue of soaring tension between Iran and global powers and warned that people don't understand the gravity of the situation of a war with Iran as it would be catastrophic for Pakistan and the world.

The Pakistani premier highlighted that the martial law imposed by Pervez Musharraf was a watershed moment for the country, rejecting the idea of a coup in future.

"I believe that the democratic evolution of the country has reached the point that we will continue advancing democracy, not go back to bad democracy or military leadership," Pakistan's prime minister observed.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also dished in on domestic politics, taking aim at the opposition party, in a veiled reference to Pakistan Muslim league Nawaz.

The opposition is blackmailing the judge who convicted Nawaz Sharif, through an old video of him, this happens in Italian Mafias only and not in any democracy, Imran Khan shared.

In his final message, the Pakistani prime minister expressed that he desires relationship with US on equal footings.

"Aid has been the biggest curses for us. It creates a dependency syndrome. I want a dignified relationship with U.S.," Imran Khan said.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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