Talking about the loans taken by the previous Pakistani governments, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday that “no country with a begging bowl can become a great nation”, according to a report by dawn.com. He accused the governments before him of always depending on loans or aids and never trying to stand on their feet. The Pakistani PM was speaking at a rally in Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK).
Addressing an election rally in PoK’s Bagh, Imran Khan also made a mention of the BJP’s ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh(RSS). Earlier, Khan had talked of the RSS in response to a question by news agency ANI while attending the Central-South Asia conference in Uzbekistan on July 16. He had then called the RSS’s ideology a roadblock for ‘civilised’ ties between India and Pakistan.
Notably, Imran Khan was addressing a campaign rally for his political party PTI ahead of elections in the PoK on July 25. Speaking on the occasion, he labelled himself as the brand ambassador for the Kashmiri’s across the world. Khan also targeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and claimed that his ideology was the biggest threat to India.
While in Tashkent for a connectivity summit, Khan also had a war of words with Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani. Ghani had accused Pakistan of continuing to support the Islamist group Taliban and sending over 10,000 fighters across the Durand Line to Afghanistan in the past month. In response, Imran Khan said that it was not fair to put the blame on Pakistan for the happenings in Afghanistan.