The general also left the Prime Minister’s neutral stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the influential commander of the Pakistani army, said that his country has “clever” relationship with the United States, and wants to expand it without jeopardizing a similarly important strategic relationship with China.
“We have a history of a long and excellent strategic relationship with the United States, which remains our largest export market.” General Bajwa speak at a security forum in Islamabad on Saturday. “Pakistan has a close strategic relationship with China as demonstrated by our commitment to the Pakistan-China Economic Corridor.”
“We seek to expand and expand our relationship with both countries without affecting our relationship with the other,” he said. he say.
In his speech, the general specifically departed from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s neutral stance on the Russia-Ukraine conflict. While admitting “Legitimate Russian security concerns,” he insisted that Moscow’s “Aggression against a smaller country cannot be tolerated.”
“Pakistan has consistently called for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities. We support immediate dialogue between all parties to find a lasting solution to the conflict,” he declared, calling the situation in Ukraine a “Great Tragedy” that “Must be stopped immediately.”
Facing a vote of no confidence on Sunday after losing his parliamentary majority following several defections from his party, Prime Minister Khan has repeatedly stated over the past weeks that “Foreign-backed conspiracy” behind the move to oust him, noting that it is being financed by millions of dollars in foreign money and “Our people are being used.”
The Prime Minister said that his refusal to join the US and NATO in condemning Russia’s military activities in Ukraine caused this plot.
On Friday, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that the country’s security services had reported on a plot to assassinate Khan, the second announced this week. PTI leader Faisal Vawda previously claimed Khan refused “Selling water” was behind the bid to kill him.
Pakistan has a long history of coups and has been under military rule for nearly half of the nation’s existence, with no Pakistani Prime Minister completing a full term. Khan’s prospects of surviving a no-confidence vote are slim, as his supporters in parliament are outnumbered and he is seen at odds with an influential military ally.
On the eve of the vote, Khan appealed to his supporters “Protest peacefully” against accusations “An international conspiracy carried out by the United States.” In response, the opposition leader in Parliament, Shehbaz Sharif, who is expected to become the next Prime Minister, accused Khan of “Trying to divide the nation and push the country toward a civil war.”
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