‘No one has a sixth sense’: Pakistan Foreign Minister defends Imran Khan’s controversial Moscow visit

Pakistan’s new foreign minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, said there was no possibility that Imran Khan had known of Russia’s plans to invade Ukraine when he visited Moscow, while defending the ousted prime minister. Controversial visit to meet President Vladimir Putin Almost three months ago.

Khan met President Putin in the Kremlin on February 24, the day the Russian leader ordered a “special military operation” against Ukraine.

Through his visit to Moscow, he also became First Pakistani Prime Minister to visit Russia in 23 years After former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif traveled to Moscow in 1999.

But Khan’s visit to Moscow, despite US attempts to dissuade him, further strained Islamabad’s relations with Washington.

Regarding the ex-Prime Minister (Khan)’s trip to Russia, I will fully defend the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. He made that trip as part of his foreign policy and without knowing that – no one has a psyche, no one has a sixth sense – there is no way we can know this will be a good time. [when] Addressing the press at the UN headquarters on Thursday, Bilawal said that the current conflict will begin, adding that “it is very unfair to punish Pakistan for such an innocent act.”

Bilawal, who took over the position last month as foreign minister, emphasized that Islamabad continued to adhere to the principles of the United Nations, including the non-use of force, when asked about the way forward in the conflict in Ukraine.

In March, Pakistan abstained from a vote on a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling on Russia to stop the war, and urging a solution to the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy.

We are not part of any struggle. We do not wish to be part of any conflict. Indeed, we continue to stress the importance of dialogue and diplomacy to resolve this conflict as quickly as possible. “We certainly will not take the side of the aggressor in this context,” said Bilawal, who is making his first major international visit after taking charge last month.

Khan, a 69-year-old cricketer-turned-politician, was adamant about his removal from power last month through a US-backed vote of no-confidence because Washington did not like his Russia policy.

These allegations were strongly refuted by the United States.

Meanwhile, Bilawal is currently on a first visit to the United States at the invitation of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to attend the ministerial meeting on the Global Food Security Call to Action.

On Wednesday, Bilawal met Blinken at the United Nations headquarters and talks focused on strengthening regional security and strengthening bilateral and economic ties.

In his remarks before meeting Bilawal, the two ministers’ first direct interaction, Blinken said Washington was “extremely pleased” to work with the foreign minister and with the new government of Pakistan.

Bilawal also met Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, and briefed him on the situation in Kashmir.

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