Our government will build “balanced and trustworthy relationship with US: Imran Khan

Vastavam web: Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has said his government will build a more “balanced and trustworthy” relationship with the US, asserting that the trust deficit between the two countries has resulted in many ups and downs in the bilateral ties.The relations between Pakistan and the US nosedived this January after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists.

The US Congress also passed a bill to slash Pakistan’s defence aid to USD 150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than USD one billion per year.”Our government will engage with the US to make this relationship more balanced and trustworthy. We count trade and economic relations with the US extremely important,” Khan was quoted as saying by the Dawn.

Pakistan and the US have witnessed many ups and downs in their relationship, which were the outcome of trust deficit between the two countries, he said.”I am glad that people in the US have ultimately started acknowledging significance of political solution as conflict and use of force can add to the damages instead of breeding a sustainable solution to the crisis,” Khan said.In his victory speech last month, Khan had said that Pakistan wanted to have a mutually beneficial relationship with the US.Khan has been a vocal critic of US drone attacks inside Pakistan against terrorists.