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PM Imran Khan’s aide told America – Pakistan has other ‘options’

Angered by US President Joe Biden’s reluctance to telephone Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Moeed Yousuf has said Islamabad has other options if US leaders continue to ignore the country’s leadership.

According to the Dawn newspaper here, Yusuf said in an interview with The Financial Times of London, “The President of America has not spoken to the Prime Minister of such an important country, about whom America itself says that in some cases including Afghanistan. Very important. We are not able to understand this signal.”

He said, “Every time we were told that there will be talk (over the phone), whether it is a technical reason or whatever. But clearly, people don’t believe it.” However, he did not openly reveal the options.

“If a phone call is a favor, if the security relationship is also a matter of kindness, then Pakistan has other options,” he said. However, the US State Department has assured Pakistan that the US recognizes Pakistan’s important role in restoring peace in Afghanistan and wants Pakistan to play that role.

“Pakistan has a lot to achieve and will continue to play an important role and will be well positioned to play that role to produce good results,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said. “We will continue to work on this and have close dialogue with our Pakistani allies,” he said.

But according to a Tuesday report in The Financial Times, Yusuf complained about President Biden not contacting Prime Minister Khan. Significantly, the US had sought help to stop the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan.

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