Pakistan wants even-handed treatment from US with respect to India: PM Imran
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday said Pakistan wants "even-handed treatment" from the United States with respect to India, especially on the Kashmir issue.
In an interview with German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, he warned that the region was a hotspot and could flare up at any time.
"That's why we expect the US, as the strongest country in the world, to be even-handed, whoever becomes president. The US thinks India will contain China, which is a completely flawed premise.
"India is a threat to its neighbours, to China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and to us. It has the most extremist, racist government on the subcontinent. It is a fascist state, inspired by the Nazis in the 1920s and 30s," he said.
The premier's comments come days after the US and India signed a pact to share sensitive satellite and map data.
Similarities with Trump
With the US elections just a few days away, Imran refrained from saying which candidate had a better shot at winning.
"Joe Biden is in front in opinion polls, but Donald Trump is very unpredictable because he's not like normal politicians. He plays by his own rules," he said. Imran said when he started his own party he had to do a lot of "out-of-the-box thinking". "[PTI] was the first to rely on social media and the first to attract the youth to our rallies." Seeing similarities between himself and the US president, Imran said: "We [PTI] had to be very unorthodox and, in some ways, Donald Trump does too."
During the interview, the premier said Pakistan had "nothing to do with the terror attacks on 9/11".
"Al Qaeda was in Afghanistan. After 9/11, we should not have allowed our army to become involved in the war. I opposed it from day one. The US put pressure on us, and the military dictator General Pervez Musharraf succumbed to that pressure."