Gravitas: One year of Imran Khan

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Gravitas: One year of Imran Khan

Without naming former rulers, the prime minister said he had asked the United States and other western countries to help Pakistan in getting back its looted wealth that the "thieves and robbers" had stashed overseas.

Supporters of opposition political parties wave flags as they listen to the speech of their leaders during a countrywide protest called "Black Day" against the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in Karachi, Pakistan, July 25, 2019. People familiar with developments said even the United States side had clarified, after consulting records of the last meeting between Modi and Trump on the margins of the G20 Summit in Osaka, that Kashmir hadn't figured at all in their talks.

What's more, Trump also made Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan feel as if "he had won the World Cup" with his comment about being asked to mediate on Kashmir by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, creating somewhat of a storm in the teacup of Indo-US relations that had turned the corner under his two predecessors in the White House.

At his regular news briefing in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Office spokesperson hoped that the two countries can peacefully settle the Kashmir issue and other bilateral disputes through dialogue and make concerted efforts to safeguard peace and stability in South Asia. Primarily, the focus of Khan's meeting with President Trump remained on Afghanistan.

"I felt as if I came home after winning the World Cup and not from an official visit", Khan, the former captain of the Pakistani cricket team, which won the cricket World Cup in 1992, said as he briefly addressed the crowd.

The prime minister took them into confidence over his visit to the US. He further said, "Today, what you see happening in Pakistan is what Naya Pakistan was about: these people had never been asked for answers before". I don't think Pakistan respected its [the United States'] presidents...

"The press statement issued by the State Department following the US Secretary of State's meeting with Imran Khan, in each and every statement there is reference to counter terrorism".

While immediately accepting the U.S. offer, Mr Khan said: "Mr President, I can tell you that, right now, you would have the prayers of over a billion people if you can mediate and resolve this issue". "Pakistan is helping us a lot now on Afghanistan" were President Trump's remarks.

While the statement was welcomed across Pakistan as Islamabad has always sought worldwide mediation on this and other disputes with India, it provoked a firestorm in India. "I repeat, no such request was made by the Prime Minister to the US President".

A visit to Pakistan in February by Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman was also vital in securing the support of another leader on close terms with the Trump administration, one senior Pakistani official said.

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