Imran Khan takes anti-Pakistan govt stance on India?


Asserting that recent ceasefire violations at the Line of Control have "pushed back" the peace process, Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan today said armies are not equipped to find solutions to bilateral problems.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief also stressed on the need for dialogue and underlined that Pakistan and India should sort out the issues on their own.

Terming the LoC violations as "very unfortunate", Khan said, "We were moving forward on peace process and it (LoC incidents) has pushed us back. Not as back as the Mumbai 26/11 time but still it is quite back". He added that media should have been less jingoistic and acted in a more responsible manner.

"It is not in the interest of people of India and Pakistan to have animosity...eventually the solution lies on the dialogue table and peaceful dialogue (is needed) for sorting out the differences," Khan said in an interview on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum here.

Asked if Indian and Pakistani armies should have a greater contact at the top level, he said, "What we need is strong leaderships. Armies are not going to settle the issues. Army men are not equipped to find political solutions, only politicians are.

"Politicians with big public mandate would eventually find the solutions for issues between two countries".

Replying to a query on US's role in the sub-continent, he said Pakistan has been used as a "tissue paper" by Washington. "I think Pakistan and India should sort out the issues on their own. At the most, US could be a facilitator and nothing more than that".

He said the war on terror has had adverse impact and the way it has been fought has led to results that are counter productive.

"There has been negativity and anti-US feelings in Pakistan because of this. The feeling is that Pakistan has been used as a tissue paper by the US...So people in Pakistan suspect the intentions of US.

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