Former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s anti-US rhetoric has heightened tensions (US senator)

US Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer – Reuters
  • The US senator says he is ready to help repair the damage done to US-Pakistan relations.
  • Said that tensions between the two countries have been aggravated by Imran Khan’s anti-American statements.
  • The United States hopes that Pakistan’s incumbent prime minister will help strengthen bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States, he said.

NEW YORK: In an interview with The Washington PostUS Senate Majority Leader Charles E Schumer has said he is ready to use his influence to help repair the damage done to US-Pakistan relations by former Prime Minister Imran’s anti-US rhetoric Khan, The news reported.

The US senator spoke with the American-Pakistan Advocacy Group (APDG) in New York, reiterating the administration’s stance on Imran Khan’s claims that US government assistance in overthrowing his government was part of the Biden administration.

According to him, the tensions between the two countries have been aggravated by the anti-American statements of the former Pakistani Prime Minister. Schumer has high hopes for current Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to improve the situation and is ready to do whatever he can to help.

According to the US Senate Majority Leader, the United States adheres to a policy of acceptance of those elected by a democratic process and upholds democratic standards and ideals.

Alluding to Imran Khan, Schumer said, “Your former prime minister did not speak positively about the United States, but the incumbent Pakistani prime minister should help foster bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United States.”

Asked what US policy would be if Imran Khan returned to power after winning the election, he said that the United States was conducting a dialogue with an elected head of government, adding that no matter how badly you disagree with someone, the best way to resolve issues is to have a dialogue.

The US senator wished for the restoration of friendly relations between the two countries and added that Pakistan has remained an ally of the US government. When Schumer asked the assembly who supported the Pakistani community in the United States, some of them replied Imran Khan while others defused the situation by saying “mixed”.

Senator Schumer also criticized the Indian government for persecuting Muslims in India and added that he supports the rights of the Kashmiri people. The U.S. senator’s statement is quite distinctive and significant despite the Indian lobby’s influence on the Biden administration, as Schumer is his party’s House leader in the Senate and wields great influence. Furthermore, no candidate ran against him in the upcoming US Senate elections and the chances of his returning unopposed are very high.

Surprisingly, the US senator’s remarks, criticizing Imran Khan and pinning hopes on Shehbaz, sent a wave of despair through the APAG rally. The feelings of the event organizers were no different from those of the public, so they ended the program abruptly. This is the first time that a key US senator has explicitly opposed Imran Khan’s anti-American rants.

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