The Prime Ministerial ambitions of former cricketer turned politician, Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party are not entirely unknown. Khan has managed to gain to press attention across the border with his recent statement asking India to withdraw troops from Kashmir.
Khan’s speech on Kashmir did not just stop at India, he had also taken a shot at the Americans for failing to achieve anything in Afghanistan despite their military might. Khan’s astute political understanding of Pakistan’s political climate shows the kind of background work put in by the man who hopes to lead the country one day.
In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN on Face The Nation with Sagarika Ghosh, Khan was far more candid and spoke about how Pakistan could not continue to be a slave to America, saying that Pakistan had lost much more in the War on Terrorism than any other country. According to Khan, Pakistani’s had not only lost their lives in this American war but also lost out financially.
Khan did not just blame the Americans but also attacked Pakistan’s Prime Minister Gilani and President Zardari. He said, “Both are products of National Reconciliation Ordinance(NRO) in Pakistan which had saved both from facing any action for the amounts of corruption they had indulged.” The NRO signed in 2009 had granted amnesty to several political leaders in Pakistan for alleged corruption, embezzlement of fund, etc.
Watch excerpt from the video interview