PAKISTAN: The US made mistakes in Afghanistan and Pakistan was blamed for america failures and not given credit to the sacrifices it made in the global war on terror, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on monday.
Addressing the opening session of the Margalla Dialogue 2021 seminar in Islamabad, organised by the Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) think-tank, Khan said Pakistan faced the biggest collateral damage in the Afghan war.
“Pakistan was held responsible for the shortcomings of the United States,” he said.
Pak faced the biggest collateral damage in the Afghan war as it was the only US ally that suffered more than 80,000 casualties, displacement of millions of people and over 100 billion dollars economic losses, Khan said.
Khan said Pak was blamed for the wrong reasons by the international community, whereas it remained silent on the Kashmir issue. He regretted that Pakistan was not able to effectively present its point of view before the world.
Noting that only military power was not a guarantee for national security, which was an all-encompassing concept, Khan asserted that, “You can’t have national security until there is inclusive growth.”
“Unequal distribution of resources leads to anarchy among the people who are left out of the mainstream development. The uplift of the underprivileged segment of the society was critical to ensure across the board national security,” he said.