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World Imran Khan causes stir over Afghanistan, Xinjiang

10:15  21 june  2021
10:15  21 june  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Pakistan's prime minister has created a stir over comments he made about US operations in Afghanistan and China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims. In an interview with Axios HBO, Imran Khan categorically stated that he would not allow the US to use Pakistan as a base for its Afghan operations. He also asked why the world was fixated on Xinjiang while ignoring what India was doing in Kashmir. The comments have generated debate on Indian and Pakistani social media. The interview with Mr Khan was aired early on Monday morning and immediately started gaining traction as people began

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Pakistan's prime minister has created a stir over comments he made about US operations in Afghanistan and China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

Imran Khan looking at the camera © Reuters

In an interview with Axios HBO, Imran Khan categorically stated that he would not allow the US to use Pakistan as a base for its Afghan operations.

He also asked why the world was fixated on Xinjiang while ignoring what India was doing in Kashmir.

The comments have generated debate on Indian and Pakistani social media.

The interview with Mr Khan was aired early on Monday morning and immediately started gaining traction as people began discussing his comments.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], June 20 (ANI): Pakistan’s opposition parties have slammed the Prime Minister Imran Khan -led government for the delay in procurement of COVID-19 vaccine after reports emerged that the government was forced to place emergency orders for supplies of the vaccines to overcome a nationwide jabs shortage. Slamming the government over the unavailability of the COVID-19 vaccine, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said it was criminal negligence on part of Imran Khan that the vaccine had not been procured on time.

Axios had already released his comments about the US and Afghanistan ahead of the interview's broadcast.

Mr Khan told the interviewer, Jonathan Swan, that he would "absolutely not" allow the US to have the CIA in Pakistan to conduct cross border counter-terrorism missions against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group, and the Taliban.

Pakistan's cooperation is seen as critical to US President Joe Biden's plans to completely withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September.

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Mr Khan has always been opposed to the US using Pakistan as a base from which to launch operations, and his comments follow similar remarks made by Pakistani government officials.

This stance won a lot of praise in Pakistan with the term #AbsolutelyNot trending in the country.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan visited war-torn neighbour Afghanistan on Thursday, where he vowed to help reduce spiralling violence and push for a ceasefire between the Taliban and Afghan forces. Khan 's maiden visit to Kabul comes amid surging violence across Afghanistan that has worsened despite Afghan government negotiators and the Taliban launching peace talks in the Qatari capital Doha in September. "We notice with concern that the level of violence despite the talks in Qatar is rising," Khan told reporters outside the presidential palace after meeting with Afghan President

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But Mr Khan's comments on China, Xinjiang and the treatment of Uyghur Muslim minorities were only released on Monday - and have not been welcomed as enthusiastically.

Reiterating that Pakistan spoke to the Chinese on any issues they had "behind closed doors", Mr Khan asked why what India was doing in Kashmir - which he likened to an "open-air prison camp" - was not an issue, calling it a matter of "hypocrisy".

The Kashmir region is claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan, though both sides only control part of it.

The two nuclear-armed neighbours have already fought two wars and a limited conflict over Kashmir.

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In 2019, India moved hundreds of thousands of troops into the part of the region it controlled, locked up thousands of people including elected politicians, and stripped Kashmir of its special status.

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Imran Khan has taken the virus pretty seriously and I don't think he has ever downplayed the threat posed by it. Can you link a video or an article where he has done it? Everyone understands the difference between New Zealand and Pakistan, and no one expected Pakistan to successfully contain it like New Zealand. However, Mr. Khan didnt even make an effort. he has turned out to be an idiot like brazilian president and now youthias are all over the internet trying to cover up for their leader's stupidity.

Imran Khan was tested for coronavirus after developing a "slight cough", according to one of his senior advisers, and he now has a mild fever. He received his first dose of the Chinese-produced Sinopharm vaccine on Thursday. The former cricketing superstar is generally in good health, and his adviser described him as remaining "hale and hearty." Vaccine hesitancy has been a major concern in Pakistan, and the prime minister's decision to broadcast footage of himself receiving the jab was praised as an attempt to encourage others to do the same.

Pakistan and Imran Khan led international outrage over the issue and called for action to be taken against India.

"I care about what is happening on our border," he said, prompting the interviewer to point out that China was also on Pakistan's border.

But Mr Khan said that Pakistan "respect(s) the way they [China] are and whatever issues we have we speak behind closed doors."

He added that China has been one of the "greatest friends" to Pakistan at its most difficult times, adding that "when we were really struggling and our economy was struggling they came to our rescue."

Mr Khan's comments attracted attention in both India and Pakistan, many of which were critical, and accusing him of having sold out.

Some users called the comments "total moral cowardice". Prominent Pakistani journalist Mehdi Hasan said it was "painful to watch".

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In India, where there was anger over Mr Khan's comments on India and Kashmir, users accused him of being a sell-out to China, and said he would never be taken seriously.

His offer of talks if India were to restore Kashmir's special status have also been rebuffed as a "stunt".

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