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Imran Khan: For Pak, US bigger enemy than India


What the American policy has achieved in Pakistan is something which is almost impossible to imagine. Around 80 per cent of Pakistanis perceive the US to be a bigger enemy than Indians even though Pakistan and India have fought four wars. Imran Khan

New York, October 23
The US is now perceived as a "bigger enemy" in Pakistan than India, cricketer-turned- politician Imran Khan has said, while voicing concern that his country is "petrified" it could be bombed every time a terror attack takes place in India, US or Europe.

Khan further said that no amount of confidence-building measures will help India and Pakistan if intelligence agencies from the two countries "interfere" in each other's business. "No matter how far we go with confidence-building measures, one act like Mumbai will bring us back to square one," he said.

Addressing a gathering of students at Columbia Journalism School here, Khan said thanks to the American policy in Pakistan, a majority of Pakistanis now perceive the US to be a bigger enemy than India.

"What the American policy has achieved in Pakistan is something which is almost impossible to imagine. About 80 per cent of Pakistanis perceive the US to be a bigger enemy than Indians even though Pakistan and India have fought four wars, he said. "Today America is perceived as a bigger enemy, yet we are supposed to be allies."

On whether he thinks India is an "existential threat" to Pakistan, Khan said "no I don't think so." PTI

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