The former US envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, on Saturday lashed out at Pakistan’s interior minister, Rana Sanaullah, for calling him a lobby for former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Khalilzad called Sanaullah “Pakistan’s model town killer and Mr Badmash,” denying the allegations that he was the lobbyist.
“I do not lobby for anyone or any country, nor do I receive money from anyone for my tweets. I share my sincere personal views and concerns about Pakistan’s triple crisis, which unfortunately is not improving but intensifying,” he said.
The remarks followed Rana Sanaullah’s accusation of Khalilzad being a lobby for money, but he denied the allegations.
Meanwhile, Khalilzad said that the current situation threatens to impoverish further and polarize the people of Pakistan.
“These crises threaten to impoverish further and polarize the people of Pakistan. They also risk fragmenting the country, threatening regional and global security.”
They called on the Pakistani leaders to put their country first; agree on a roadmap based on obeying the country’s Supreme Court decisions and democratic elections.
In addition, he asked the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, on what bases he has given this key position to a man who has the blood of Pakistani on his hand.
“On Mr Badmash, Pakistan has 100s talented, patriotic, and law-abiding leaders who could serve as Minister of Interior. Why has Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharief given this key position to a man who has the blood of innocent Pakistanis on his hand, some 20 of them, among other crimes? I ask. Why?”
This is not the first time that Pakistani officials, particularly the interior minister of Pakistan, accused Khalilzad of lobbying for Imran Khan and his party. At the same time, he refused the delegation and said he shared his sincere personal views and concern about Pakistan’s situation.