July 28, 2021

Pakistan looks forward to working with whoever wins US election: FO

Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on Tuesday said Pakistan looks forward to working with whoever wins the United States election — Republican President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

While speaking to Arab News, the FO spokesperson conveyed the country’s best wishes to Americans who voted in the record-setting election on Tuesday. He added that the election was an “internal matter” of the US.

‘Even-handed treatment’

Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan had said Pakistan wants “even-handed treatment” from the United States with respect to India, especially on the Kashmir issue.

In an interview with German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, he warned that the region was a hotspot and could flare up at any time.

“That’s why we expect the US, as the strongest country in the world, to be even-handed, whoever becomes president. The US thinks India will contain China, which is a completely flawed premise,” the PM said.

Similarities with Trump

With the US elections just a few days away, Imran had refrained from saying which candidate had a better shot at winning.

“Joe Biden is in front in opinion polls, but Donald Trump is very unpredictable because he’s not like normal politicians. He plays by his own rules,” he said.

Imran said when he started his own party he had to do a lot of “out-of-the-box thinking”.

“[PTI] was the first to rely on social media and the first to attract the youth to our rallies.”

Asked whether he saw similarities between himself and the US president, Imran said: “We [PTI] had to be very unorthodox and, in some ways, Donald Trump does too.”

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