Imran Khan cites Modi-Biden statement to slam Bajwa for isolating Pak

Khan was reacting to PM Modi & President Biden’s joint statement calling on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism & take action against terror groups

NEW DELHI | Updated: 23 June, 2023 5:10 pm IST
Imran Khan has said that Pakistan has lost its relevance across the globe.

NEW DELHI: A day after India and the US asked Pakistan to stop exporting terrorism, ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday blamed the Shehbaz Sharif government and former Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for isolating the Islamic nation globally.

After their talks at the White House, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden, in a joint statement, vowed to do more to combat terrorism and called on Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism.

Sharing a screenshot of the joint statement, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief said that the United States did not care about its ties with Islamabad enough to even attempt a balancing act while condemning Pakistan for terrorism.

“Gen Bajwa, along with his PDM (Pakistan Democratic Movement, the ruling alliance in Pakistan) cronies, claimed that I had isolated Pakistan internationally. The question we want to ask him and PDM is that after a year in government and countless trips of Pakistan’s FM to the US, the joint India/US statement reduces Pakistan to a promoter of cross-border terrorism in India and nothing more,” he tweeted.

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Khan said that the US could have balanced the joint statement and shown some leniency towards Pakistan by including a reference to what he called “gross human rights abuse in Kashmir” or the “appalling treatment of minorities” in India.

The joint statement released by PM Modi and President Biden on Thursday.

Notably, despite campaigns on Twitter and intense lobbying in the US, President Biden did not make any comment on human rights violations in India – something lawmakers of his party have been speaking about. To add insult to injury for Pakistan and its supporters, President Biden said India is a thriving democracy, acknowledging that every democratic country “is a work in progress”.

Referring to the Shehbaz Sharif government as “imported” – an apparent reference to US interference in his ouster, Khan said Pakistan has been rendered irrelevant “internationally”. “Our democracy, rule of law, and the entire economic and institutional structure are also collapsing right in front of our eyes,” the embattled politician said.

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In their joint statement, PM Modi and President Biden said, “The United States and India stand together to counter global terrorism and unequivocally condemn terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations.”

They reiterated the call for concerted action against all UN-listed terrorist groups, including Al-Qa’ida, ISIS/Daesh, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen.

“They strongly condemned cross-border terrorism, the use of terrorist proxies, and called on Pakistan to take immediate action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for launching terrorist attacks. They called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai and Pathankot attacks to be brought to justice,” the joint statement reads.

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