PM: (Relations with US based on mutual respect and trust: PM)
ISLAMABAD:Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that after his visit and interaction with the US leadership, the people of America will have better understanding about Pakistan.
Speaking to the US Congressmen at the Capitol Hill, he said Pakistan had always close ties with the United States and expressed the hope to get back to the relationship, which was based on truth and trust as well as mutual respect.
Imran Khan expressed the hope that from now onward relationship between the two countries would be at different level.
He said unfortunately, he felt that Pakistan was not understood there, specifically in the last 15 years when the war on terror was being fought in Afghanistan and on the border of Pakistan.
More than 70,000 Pakistani people died and our economy suffered billions of dollars loss in the war against terror. He said Pakistan was fighting the US war on terror while Pakistan had nothing to do with the 9/11.
Al Qaida was in Afghanistan and there were no militant Taliban in Pakistan. He said it was very important that he met President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and explained to them the way forward that the relationship has to be based on mutual trust.
He said Pakistan was trying its level best to bring Taliban to the negotiating table and a significant achievement has been made in this regard.
He, however; said it was not an easy task. He said the entire country including army and security forces are on same page for a common objective of peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.
Earlier, US Congress Speaker Nancy Pelosi, other congressmen and Co-Chair of Pakistan-US Caucus welcomed and warmly received the prime minister at the Capitol Hill.
They appreciated the role Pakistan was playing especially in the Afghan peace process. They admitted that Pakistan had suffered a lot in the war against terror and militancy.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi also saluted the endeavors of Prime Minister Imran Khan for maintaining peace in the region.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, while addressing the ceremony, said the role of congress is vital to further fortify the ties between Pakistan and the United States.