Imran Khan meets British foreign secretary's delegation and Iran's ambassador in Islamabad
Islamabad - Chairman PTI
Imran Khan along with his delegation met with British Foreign Secretary William
Hague along with his delegation today on the request of the latter. Chairman Khan inquired about the specific
purpose of William Hague’s visit at this particular time and was told it was a
part of the expanding UK-Pakistan relationship.
Mr Khan reiterated his
Party's opposition to aid that is given to generally for fiscal budgetary
support and aid given directly to social/educational projects. He appreciated DFID aid especially in the
education sector where he felt an emergency should be declared.
Khan explained what his
Party would do in the first 100 days after coming to power. He emphasised the need for good
governance which means de-politicisation of state institutions,
bureaucracy and police. Alongside he declared his support for devolution -
giving power to people at grassroots level.
Imran Khan explained how
if governance was reestablished, the country would progress with an enabling
environment to encourage the vibrant civil society and overseas Pakistanis.
Mr Khan also gave his
Party's opposition to the US "war on terror". He said his Party has always
advocated a political solution to the problem of terrorism and militancy. He
stated that his first move would be to have a ceasefire and convince the US that
a credible government in Pakistan would stop the militancy in the tribal areas.
As he re-stressed, a military operation in FATA was madness. It was time to give
peace a chance through dialogue with the tribal people. "We can win this war in
90 days but not through the army - every military operation by Pakistan army
against its own people has ended in failure. We can help the Americans extricate
themselves from their mess in this region." Khan tried to explain the psyche of
the tribal people to the British Foreign Secretary including the inbuilt notion
of revenge. "Unfortunately the US approach is being driven by Generals," Khan
said and expressed the view that there was little clarity at the
As Khan summarised, "there
are no easy solutions" anymore.
Hague agreed that there
was recognition that there has to be reconciliation in Afghanistan, even amongst
the Americans. But "there are some people like Al Qaeda who are not
Khan explained why the
apology for Salala was critical and concluded by saying that the present US
policy of drones was absurd and senseless.