In CNN interview, Imran Khan calls on US to fire Donald Lu for ‘bad manners, sheer arrogance’

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Imran Khan, former Prime Minister and President of the PTI, in an interview with CNN. — YouTube/Imran Khan screenshot
  • “For some reason that I still don’t know, they (the Biden administration) never contacted me,” Khan laments.
  • Said he yearned to import oil from Russia, but for “some reason it was taken against him.
  • “I would regret the trip to Russia if we had known about the invasion and I [had] still in,” adds Khan.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday called on the United States to fire Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, for “bad manners and sheer arrogance as he ‘threatened’ the Pakistan.

In an interview with CNN, Khan said the US diplomat told the Pakistani ambassador that unless “you fire Imran Khan in a vote of no confidence – which was not tabled but it seemed knowledge – Pakistan will suffer the consequences”.

“And then goes on to say, of course, if you get rid of him by the vote of no confidence, all will be forgiven – such arrogance […] By the way, Becky, this guy should be fired for bad manners and sheer arrogance,” Khan told CNN’s Becky Anderson.

The PTI chairman said he presented the figure to the federal cabinet, the National Security Council (NSC), as it was a “gross interference in the affairs of Pakistan”.

When asked if he had contacted US President Joe Biden or other officials, Khan said the NSC had also decided to launch a demarche and protest to the United States in Pakistan.

He mentioned that President Arif Alvi had also asked Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial to investigate the matter.

Biden administration never contacted me: Imran Khan

In response to a question, Khan said he had a “perfectly good” relationship with the Donald Trump administration, and it wasn’t until Joe Biden came to power that relations became strained.

“…for some reason that I still don’t know, they (the Biden administration) never contacted me; there was no American ambassador to Pakistan, I had no idea,” he said. Khan said.

The PTI chairman noted that his first priority was the people of Pakistan and that he yearned to import oil from Russia, but for “some reason it was taken against me as if I was anti-American”.

Giving reasons why he thinks Washington was behind the regime change, Khan said the US Embassy was calling members of his party, “some of the backbenchers,” who were unhappy. “Why did they meet them? he questioned, adding that they were the first to then leave the ships.

“Why would the US Embassy be interested in our party’s backbenchers?” he said.

Responding to a question about the current government being an “American replant”, Khan said: “It is with their blessing […] we call them all an imported government, but the worst thing is that they are a bunch of criminals. 60% of the firm is out on bail.”

Regarding his presence in Moscow on the day Russia announced the war in Ukraine, the former prime minister reiterated that his visit was long planned and that all stakeholders in Pakistan were on board – the military wanted a hard line from the Russians, the government wanted oil — so everything was planned for a long time.

“How would I know that the day I land in Moscow, President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin will decide to go to Ukraine.

“I would regret the trip to Russia if we had known about the invasion and then I [had] because I don’t believe in military solutions,” he said in response to a question about whether or not he regretted his trip to Russia.

“I do not believe in military solutions and have opposed all military means to achieve political ends,” he said.

Speaking of the upcoming elections: “Whenever the next elections are held, not only will we run, but I can predict right now that this will become the biggest party in the history of Pakistan because people are so angry and feel insulted that these criminals are forced from his people who have been plundering the country for 30 years.

“There is anger in Pakistan and unfortunately because of this it is becoming public […] there is anti-Americanism. When unpopular governments are encouraged on the people, then the resentment goes to the United States. And unfortunately, yes, there is anti-Americanism in Pakistan,” the former prime minister said.

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