'Pakistan will no longer be America's "hired gun" to fights its wars, Imran Khan has said.
After trading barbs with Donald Trump in recent weeks, Pakistan's prime minister said he still wanted to be friends with the superpower, but wanted a broader relationship beyond security cooperation.
The former cricketer told the Washington Post that Pakistan was growing closer to China because the US “has basically pushed Pakistan away”.
Mr Trump last month launched a tirade against Pakistan accusing the country of duplicity and “not doing a damn thing to help us” despite billions of dollars of military assistance.
Mr Khan said: “I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else's war.
“We should never put ourselves in this position again. It not only cost us human lives, devastation of our tribal areas, but it also cost us our dignity. We would like a proper relationship with the US.”
Mr Khan disclosed earlier this week that the White House had written to him seeking help to bring peace to Afghanistan as part of Mr Trump's push to jump start negotiations.
American officials have long accused Pakistan of harbouring Taliban leaders and want the country to use its influence on the militants to bring them to the negotiating table.
Mr Khan said a precipitous American withdrawal from Afghanistan would lead to a repeat of the chaos of the 1990s.
“The last thing we want is to have chaos in Afghanistan. There should be a settlement this time,” he said.'
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