Islamabad: Striking a note of defiance against US demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday Pakistan will no longer act as a hired gun in someone else’s war.
In a televised address, Khan said that he wants Pakistan to move forward with “honour”. “We will no longer fight someone else’s war, nor will we bow down in front of anyone”, said Pakistan cricketer-turned-politician.
Khan claimed that Pakistan has paid a heavy price for joining Washington’s “war on terror” in 2001. He said it sparked an Islamist backlash and homegrown militant groups who turned their guns on the Pakistani state, costing thousands of lives.