khan: ‘He is a busy man’: Imran Khan on no phone call from Joe Biden

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NEW DELHI: It’s been almost eight months and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is yet to receive a courtesy phone call from US President Joe Biden.
When asked about no phone call from Biden during a CNN interview, the Pakistan PM replied: “He is a busy man.”
“But our relationship with the US is not just dependent on a phone call, it needs to be a multidimensional relationship,” Khan added. However, putting the onus on the US president for no telephonic exchange between the two leaders, Imran said Biden should be asked “why he is too busy to call.”
Meanwhile, Khan also commented on the “terrible” relationship with the United States that has been disastrous for Pakistan and how he is now seeking a more pragmatic approach in dealing with Afghanistan‘s new leaders.
“We (Pakistan) were like a hired gun,” Khan said. “We were supposed to make them (the US) win the war in Afghanistan, which we never could.”
Khan said he repeatedly warned US officials that America could not achieve its objectives militarily, and would “be stuck there.” He said the US should have attempted a political settlement with the Taliban from a “position of strength,” at the height of its presence in Afghanistan, not as it was withdrawing.

Pakistan has other options

“The President of the United States hasn’t spoken to the Prime Minister of such an important country who the US itself says is make-or-break in some cases, in some ways, in Afghanistan — we struggle to understand the signal, right?” Pakistan’s national security adviser Moeed Yusuf had told the Financial Times in an interview last month.
“If a phone call is a concession, if a security relationship is a concession, Pakistan has options,” the Pakistan NSA added.
However, he did not elaborate what those options are for Pakistan and if and when will Pakistan exercise its “options” for its PM not getting a courtesy call from the US President.
(With inputs from agencies)





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