“Recognition of Israel impossible unless Palestinians freed”, Imran Khan

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Prime Minister, Imran Khan has categorically stated that recognition of Israel was impossible and out of the question until Palestinian land is freed. “We stand by voiceless Palestinians”, the Premier said. Imran Khan’s statement has come days after UAE normalized relations with the Jewish State.

On foreign policy, the prime minister said: “The Quaid-i-Azam had said in 1948 that Pakistan could not recognize Israel unless it gave freedom to Palestinians. Prime Minister Imran Khan said for the last two years he struggled to make Pakistan a welfare state in the comity of nations. “Last two years were the toughest”, he said in an interview with DunyaNews host Kamran Khan.

The PM spoke at length about his government’s priorities and challenges at the completion of two years of government in the country. “My entire life has been a struggle”, the Premier said referring to his struggle as a world-fame cricketer and then succeeding in the establishment of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital for cancer patients. Politics is challenging and I kept continued the political struggle despite odds, Mr. Khan said.

But when you keep at it continuously, you learn how to do it, he said. “You no longer fear ups and downs. What happens is that when people don’t struggle for something, they become worried when there are ups and downs.”

So many people made political parties, but I think they gave up during bad times, he said. “Because I had an idea, I was constantly learning and getting back up on my feet.”

These two years were the biggest struggle yet, because there were several challenges, the premier said. “The country’s economy had crashed, we were defaulting on payments, we didn’t have money to pay our debts […] departments had collapsed and government corporations were in debt.

“There was no one place to concentrate on,” he said, adding that this was a learning experience.

So in the first two years, we understood the challenges the country was facing and then I tried to change its path towards what it was originally made for, a welfare state, he said.

 

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