If Pak had better ties to Russia, it could guarantee cheap gas: Imran Khan

Our foreign policy must be designed according to our national interests, says Imran Khan. (CASE)

Islamabad:

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said that if the country had better relations with Russia, Moscow could have provided the country with cheap gas and wheat.

Addressing a virtual session to overseas Pakistanis, Imran Khan said Pakistan’s foreign policy should be designed in its own interest, ARY News reported.

During the virtual session, Imran Khan paid tribute to overseas Pakistanis for protesting the alleged foreign plot.

“Our foreign policy should be designed in accordance with our national interests. I wanted a foreign policy only in favor of Pakistanis. We should not sacrifice our country for another country’s foreign policy,” he said.

Imran Khan said they wanted cheap gas and wheat from Russia. He further said that Moscow had agreed to supply gas and wheat at a 30% lower price, ARY News reported.

Referring to Pakistani-US relations, Imran Khan said he had good ties with Donald Trump, but the Americans wanted to force others to follow their orders.

“One of our leaders [Pervez Musharraf] had joined the War on Terror after a threatening appeal. We have nothing to do with the war on terror,” he added.

Imran Khan said that the US again requested military bases in Pakistan, but he rejected their request. “All the problems started after I refused to give military bases to the United States. Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq of Pakistan helped the United States overthrow our government,” he added.

Imran Khan criticized the current government’s inflation and said commodity and other commodity prices are now at new record highs compared to the PTI-led government, as reported by ARY News.

The PTI President asked Pakistanis overseas to ask questions of their politicians. He also said overseas Pakistanis should write letters to their politicians in foreign countries or conduct social media campaigns.

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Lee J. Murillo