The previous Govt in Pakistan did not tell to the United States that there were 40 terror groups operating in the country, said Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday.
Pakistan PM was addressing a Capitol Hill reception hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Chairperson of the Congressional Pakistan Caucus. He said ” “We were fighting the US war on terror. Pakistan has nothing to do with 9/11. Al-Qaeda was in Afghanistan. There were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. But we joined the US war. Unfortunately, when things went wrong, where I blame my government, we did not tell the US exactly the truth on the ground”. Ms Lee is also a member of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans.
“There were 40 different militant groups operating within Pakistan. So Pakistan went through a period where people like us were worried about could we survive it. So while the US expected us to do more and help the US win the war, Pakistan at that time was fighting for its own existence,” he said.
“We have explained to them that the way forward is: number one, the relationship has to be based on mutual trust,” he said, claiming himself honest to the US and telling what Pakistan could do in the peace process.
“Do not expect this to be easy, because it is a very complicated situation in Afghanistan. But rest assured, we would be trying our best. The whole country is standing behind me. The Pakistan Army, the security forces, all are behind me. We all have one objective and it is exactly the same objective as the US, which is to have a peaceful solution as quickly as possible in Afghanistan,” Mr Imran Khan said.
Pakistan PM is expecting good relation with the US and quoting the conditions better than before.