Pakistan won’t give in to one-sided US demands: PM Imran

August 31, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Days before a scheduled visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government would not give in to any one-sided demand from the administration of President Donald Trump. Speaking to group of senior journalists at the Prime Minister House on Friday, Imran reiterated his administration’s policy of promoting bilateral relationship with the United States based on mutual respect. “We will hold talks with the US administration with dignity and respect,” he said.

Prime Minister maintained that media is free to criticize all policies and measures the new government takes, adding that it helps government resolve outstanding issues.

He, however, added that the media should at least give the PTI-led setup at provincial and federal level three months time to improve the level of governance. During the meeting, he said that as soon as the accountability begins, people will say that democracy is in danger but said across the board accountability would be carried out and no recommendations will be made in Pakistan. Khan said that the country cannot progress without accountability.

The prime minister went on to say that previous rulers have spent billions of rupees from the national exchequer on their foreign visits and used bullet proof vehicles in the past.

Imran Khan also expressed his full support for Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and said that Buzdar is a brave man.

Clear change would be witnessed in the next three months in good governance, however, he asked the journalists to criticise as criticism help resolve issues.

Answering a question about using a helicopter to commute between PM Office and his residence, the PM maintained that he uses the chopper for he doesn’t want to cause inconvenience to common people.

About his plans for foreign visits, the premier said that he will stay in the country to focus on state policy and improving the standard of governance at least for a year before embarking on foreign visits.

Regarding DPO Pakpattan, PM Imran while expressing satisfaction with the Supreme Court’s notice of the incident, said that the facts about the transfer would be revealed in the Supreme Court. The prime minister also turned down French president’s call twice during the meeting. NNI