Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Thursday launched a stinging attack on the country’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif over his recent remarks at United Nations General Assembly, saying “With such as foreign minister, who needs enemies?”
Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UNGA, had stated that “Nawaz Sharif paid a political price for peace efforts with India” during his talk at the Asia Society forum on Tuesday and called upon the United States to stop blaming Pakistan for the Haqqani Network and for Hafiz Saeed.
“Don’t blame us for the Haqqanis [the Haqqani Network] and don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds [referring to the head of banned Jamaatud Dawa]. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say ‘go to hell Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people’,” he had said.
Asif further tried to clarify Islamabad’s position and said, “It is very easy to say Pakistan is floating the Haqqanis and Hafiz Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). They are liabilities. I accept that they are liabilities, but give us time to get rid of them because we don’t have the assets to match these liabilities and you are increasing them [our liabilities] further.”
Responding to the Asif’s remarks, Imran slammed the foreign minister on Twitter saying: “Khawaja Asif’s comments of ownership of militant groups coming from a Foreign Minister undermining Pakistan security. With such a FM, who needs enemies?”
Khan also targeted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his ministers, accusing them of “appeasing Ind0-US lobby and interests as their properties are all stashed away in the West.”
Earlier this month, Asif had admitted that LeT and the Jaish-e-Mohammad are among the internationally banned outfits operating from within Pakistan. His remarks followed the BRICS nations’ “regional security concern” over the militant groups based in Pakistan.