On Sunday, Prime Minister Imran Khan lambasted the European Union for asking Pakistan to vote against Russia at the recently held special session of the United Nations General Assembly and asked if they considered Islamabad as their “slave”.

“What do you think of us? Are we your slaves to do whatever you say? Khan said while addressing a political rally. “Did you write the same letter to India?” He asked.

European Union members issued a joint letter on March 1 urging Pakistan to support a UN General Assembly resolution condemning Russia’s aggression against Ukraine. However, Pakistan, being a traditional ally of the West, abstained from voting, even as the UNGA overwhelmingly rebuked Russia’s actions.

Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government recently found themselves in the spotlight after visiting Moscow in late February shortly after Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine. Imran Khan is seen taking refuge in Russia due to a lack of interest from the United States. As the world imposed sanctions on Russia, Imran Khan signed a deal to buy gas and wheat from the country.

“We are friends with Russia, and we are also friends with America; we are friends with China and with Europe; we are not on either side,” Khan said, adding that Pakistan would remain “neutral.” and would work with those trying to end the war in Ukraine.

He said Pakistan would not support any country at war, but would “take a step forward in supporting all who yearn for peace”.

Why is Imran Khan furious with Europe and the United States?

Imran Khan is unhappy with the non-receipt of the prize from the United States and Europe. Joe Biden hasn’t even spoken to Khan since he was sworn in as US President in 2021 and the Pakistani Prime Minister has openly expressed his grief over it. At the same time, Pakistan has also failed to garner support from European countries against India in international forums. Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, who recently visited Belgium, has not even received an appointment from a senior leader there.

(With agency contributions)

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