Interest charge

The charge of the new Prime Minister from Pak to Imran Khan

Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif took office on April 11. (Case)

Islamabad:

Pakistan cannot afford to have ‘enmity with the United States at all’, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says as he pledged to mend fences with all allies and friends of the country who have been driven away from Islamabad due to the flawed foreign policy of the precedent. government of Imran Khan.

Sharif, who took office on April 11, regretted that the previous government led by Pakistan’s Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaf party had annoyed all the countries that had always helped Pakistan in difficult times, especially China. , Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States.

He said there was a need to end the mistrust between Pakistan and the United States, and that the two countries needed to see if they had made mistakes in the past, the Dawn newspaper reported on Wednesday.

“Pakistan cannot afford to have enmity with the United States at all,” said Sharif, also chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), answering a volley of questions. senior journalists at an Iftar reception at the Prime Minister’s House. tuesday.

Khan was ousted from power after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he said was part of a US-led plot targeting him over his independent policy decisions foreign policy on Russia, China and Afghanistan.

The cricketer-turned-politician has repeatedly claimed that his political opponents colluded with the United States to establish a regime in Pakistan. But he offered no credible evidence of this and Washington strongly denied any foreign interference.

Although Sharif touched on all the issues during his nearly hour-long conversation with reporters, his main focus remained on the country’s foreign policy, according to the report.

He spoke about his upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia and also expressed concern over the suicide bombing of Chinese nationals in Karachi earlier on Tuesday.

The prime minister said he was due to have a discussion on bilateral issues and cooperation with Saudi leaders during his next visit to Riyadh from Thursday.

Slamming the previous government for its flawed foreign policy, Sharif said the PTI government first annoyed the Qatari royal family by raising their fingers to the contract Pakistan signed to buy gas in 2016, then that They had done the same with China when they cried foul and corruption in Chinese projects launched in Pakistan as part of the ambitious China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Criticizing the previous government’s foreign policy, he said Saudi Arabia had given deferred payment oil to Pakistan, as well as deposited money with the central bank to help the country’s economy; the PTI government had told Saudi Arabia “we can raise the Kashmir issue without you”.

On his government’s Afghan policy, Sharif said, “What’s good for Afghanistan is good for Pakistan and vice versa. Prime Minister Sharif’s media interaction was also watched by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Musaddiq Malik and other senior PML-N leaders.

Commenting on the planned marches and rallies of Pakistan’s Khan-led Tehreek-e-Insaf party, he said his government did not believe in revenge politics but would not tolerate anarchy in the country either.

On the media, Sharif said he believed in freedom of expression and it was important for the media to highlight the mistakes of his government.