Imran Khan praises India’s independent foreign policy

Ground Report | New Delhi: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday praised India for its “independent foreign policy” and said the neighboring country continues to buy oil from sanctions-hit Russia for the betterment of its people.

Imran Khan, while addressing the public rally in the Malakand area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said: “I praise our neighbouring country as it always had an independent foreign policy. Today India is their alliance (USA) and they are part of QUAD (Quadrilateral Security Dialogue); They say they are neutral. They are importing oil from Russia despite the sanctions because their policy is for the betterment of the people.”

Imran Khan’s remarks come as he faces a crucial no-confidence motion against his government, in what is shaping up to be his toughest test since coming to power in 2018.

Previously, on March 8, the White House ordered a ban on the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas and coal to the United States. A statement issued by the White House read: “Today, President Biden will sign an Executive Order (EO) to ban the importation of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal into the United States, a significant action with broad bipartisan support that will promote deprive President Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his unnecessary war of choice.”

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About 100 lawmakers from two opposition parties, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), filed a no-confidence motion with the National Assembly Secretariat on March 8, claiming that Pakistan’s Tehreek- Khan-led e-Insaaf (PTI) government was responsible for the country’s economic crisis and spiraling inflation.

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