Monday, June 5, 2023

We wanted to get cheap Russian crude oil just like India: Imran Khan


Islamabad: Former Pakistan Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan once again lauded India’s foreign policy and said that Islamabad “wanted to get cheap Russian crude oil just like India” but was not able to do so as his government collapsed in a no-confidence motion.

Addressing the nation in a video message, he said, “We wanted to get cheap Russian crude oil just like India but that could not happen as unfortunately, my government fell due to a no-confidence motion.”

Notably, he was the first Pakistani PM to visit Moscow in the past 23 years, Khan could not broker any deal that could give relief to the cash-strapped country.

Pakistan is reeling under the worst-ever economic crisis and Khan lamented over the fact that his country could also purchase Russian crude oil at a discounted rate that India enjoys despite the ongoing Ukraine war.

It is also important to remember he was in Russia on the day of the start of the conflict last year. He mentioned his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the clip.

Interestingly, this was not the first time when Khan acknowledged India’s achievements in terms of growing its economy and purchasing.



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