In a surprising twist, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said that he no longer holds the United States responsible for his ouster as prime minister in April.
The former prime minister, since being removed from power in April through a vote of no confidence, has been accusing the US government of sponsoring a regime change in Pakistan. In an interview with the Financial Times Imran Khan surprisingly said that he ‘no longer blames’ the US for the ouster of his government.
“As far as I’m concerned it is over, it’s behind me,” he said regarding the alleged US-backed regime change conspiracy he had previously campaigned against.
“Our relationship with the US has been as of a master-servant relationship, or a master-slave relationship,” he said, adding that Pakistan has been used like a ‘hired gun’. “But for that I blame my own governments more than the US,” he said.
However, he said that he wanted to maintain a ‘dignified’ relationship with Washington, claiming, “The Pakistan I want to lead must have good relationships with everyone, especially the United States.”
During the interview he also termed his official trip to Moscow one day before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as ’embarrassing’, but claimed that the trip had been organised months in advance without any preemptive knowledge of Russia’s invasion.