Pakistan’s National Security Adviser Dr. Moeed Yusuf stated that Prime Minister Imran Khan has set a new paradigm whereby ‘Pakistan will never be up for sale’, but will stand for its interests.
“Pakistan is going to stand for what its interests are, not emotively but very pragmatically,” he said in an interview. “This has invited much criticism, with many deeming it a mistake, but it is true – Pakistan no longer will host bases,” he added, with regard to not allowing the airbases to any other country in the future.
Dr. Yusuf said for the past 20 years, there was an unwinnable war that “some wanted Pakistan to win for them, which was simply an unrealistic goal”. He mentioned that in the past, decisions had been taken without taking the public on board, which ultimately “backfired”.
“This is a paradigm that this prime minister has set with every country and not just the United States,” he said, adding that “If there is a condition which Pakistan does not feel to be in its interest, we will not go for it”. Dr. Yusuf said Pakistan, at the cost of being looked upon as insincere, kept emphasizing that the war in Afghanistan could not be won militarily.
“So the world needs to think through this for their own sake – Pakistan’s position is only in self-interest,” Dr. Yousad said.