Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan slammed out on Sunday at Islamabad-based Western envoys who last week urged Pakistan to denounce Russia’s actions in Ukraine, asking them if they thought Pakistan was their “slave”.
The heads of 22 diplomatic missions, including those of European Union member states, released a joint letter on March 1 urging Pakistan to support a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
“What do you think of us? Are we your slaves…that whatever you say, we will do?” Imran Khan said while addressing a political rally.
“I want to ask the European Union ambassadors: Did you write such a letter to India?” Imran Khan said, noting that Pakistan’s arch-rival had also abstained.
“We are friends with Russia, and we are also friends with America; we are friends with China and with Europe; we are not in any camp,” Khan added, saying Pakistan would remain “neutral” and work with those trying to end the war in Ukraine.
He said Pakistan had suffered because it had supported the Western NATO alliance in Afghanistan, and instead of gratitude faced criticism.