Khan terms meeting with Trump “bitter pill” to swallow

Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Saturday said that meeting with United States (US) President Donald Trump would be a “bitter pill” to swallow for him if becomes Pakistan’s Prime Minister in next General Elections 2018, but added he would meet him.
During an interview to foreign news agency, Khan said he had been a staunch opponent of Pakistan’s participation in the war on terror since it began in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.
Khan added he supported co-operation with the United States but not dragging Pakistan’s military into a ground battle with its own people in the tribal regions.
The PTI chief said that Trump made Pakistan scapegoat for the U.S.-led coalition’s failure to defeat the Taliban and bring peace in Afghanistan and that “it was very insulting of him.”
Khan added that the U.S. dishonored the memory of thousands of Pakistan’s soldiers who died battling insurgents as well as tens of thousands of Pakistanis who lost their lives to terrorism.
“The way the United States has treated Pakistan as a doormat is not fair,” he said.
Khan said he was committed to “mainstreaming” Pakistan’s tens of thousands of religious seminaries, which provided education to more than 2 million children, many of them among the poorest.
He said he wanted seminary school graduates to have skills that would allow them to find jobs across all sectors. As it stands, madrassa graduates are ill-equipped to work as anything other than clerics or prayer leaders.
“We will train their teachers to bring them into the mainstream,” he said, without providing details on how that would be accomplished.


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