Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday stressed the importance of an independent foreign policy, saying it is “multidimensional” and necessary for the country’s development.
At the Islamabad Security Dialogue, he opened his speech by emphasizing the importance of the event. “We think security is military [might],” he added, adding that it’s actually “multidimensional.”
He said the country’s greatest “anxiety” is when there are small islands of wealthy citizens surrounded by a sea of marginalized people. “A country without inclusive prosperity will always be insecure.”
He regrets the fact that many people do not understand the concept of Riyasat-i-Madina. “They think I talk about Riyasat-i-Madina to get votes and use Islam for political purposes.”
Referring to the state of Madina, he called it a “unique” model that people raised to become a great civilization. “It’s not a myth, it’s part of history,” he added, adding that this model is the definition of national security.
“They have proven that it is true security when a country cares for its weakest. […] Security follows when every citizen owns their own country,” he said, adding that the military can only provide “limited security.”
The prime minister turned to Pakistan, citing Pakistan’s “unequal development” as the number one cause of national unrest. “We didn’t allow the little elite to seize our resources and our competition to succeed,” he said.
He went on to say that the same elite introduced an English intermediate education system that meant that good jobs could only come to those who spoke English. Prime Minister Imran also said this has affected the health care and justice system, which is only available to the wealthy.
The prime minister also cited the lack of the rule of law as the cause of national unrest, saying that no country can truly develop or reach its potential without the rule of law. He noted how the same measures were implemented in the state of Madina.
“I want to be part of a nation that gives justice where my rights, life and property are protected,” he said.
Using historical examples, he said that conquerors from the north would move straight to Delhi with little or no resistance. “There was no resistance because the people had no interest in the system,” he said. It was a feudal system,” he said.
Finally, referring to independent foreign policy, he said that the policy at the time of independence “made sense”. “We went bankrupt, we didn’t have the resources and we had a refugee problem.”
But reliance on foreign aid has done the most damage to the country, he said. “We don’t strive to discover the potential God has given us. People reach their true potential when faced with resistance,” he said, giving an example of muscle atrophy when not being used.
He added, “If a country starts to think that nothing can be achieved without aid, it cannot succeed,” he added, adding that independent diplomacy is inextricably linked with the country’s development.
‘Sacrifice the country for the benefit of others’…
Talking about Afghan ‘jihad’, the prime minister said he had never evaluated what Pakistan had lost and gained through participation.
“We never assessed whether we intervened to help the Afghans or to get foreign aid,” he said, adding that Pakistan’s losses far outweighed foreign aid.
He went on to say that after 9/11 Pakistan changed its stance on resistance to foreign occupation, which it calls “terrorism.”
“We have violated our own principles,” he said, pointing to Pakistan’s economic devastation and stigma that soon followed.
“We sacrificed our country for the good of others. […]. That is why I believe that a country without independent diplomacy will not be respected in the world and will not be able to protect the interests of its people.”
He went on to say that the purpose of the PTI government is to establish an independent foreign policy and prevent the country from becoming part of a particular camp. “We have tried to remain independent of a foreign policy that has a good impact on the 220 million Pakistani people,” he added, adding that Pakistan has not received international respect in the past three years. – Half a year.
He pointed out that India, an unknown ally, was importing oil from Russia at a time when the West was about to impose sanctions in the aftermath of the invasion of the Kremlin. of Ukraine.
“Today I read a statement from the British Foreign Secretary saying that he can’t say anything about India because it has an independent foreign policy. So what are we?” He added that we are responsible.
“No nation is respected unless it stands on two feet.”
Meanwhile, the opposition leader in the National Assembly criticized the prime minister’s speech and said he was “shocked” by the way Imran Khan had jeopardized the country’s global interests.
His repeated praise for ” [Narendra] Modi’s foreign policy is an insult to the sacrifice of the Kashmirians who were brave to the Hindutva. Above all else, the damage it has done to our foreign policy is immeasurable.”