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Pakistan in awe of PM Khan’s strong words to EU envoys

PM Khan's severe criticism of the EU won praise from many in Pakistan. Netizens took to Twitter to appreciate the premier for strongly asserting Pakistan's stance. They are praising him for his "bravery" in lashing out at the EU.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s strong speech during PTI’s public rally in Mailsi has caused quite the storm in Pakistan. The premier’s fiery words to the European Union (EU) envoys have garnered both criticism and praise.

As the Western bloc increases its diplomatic isolation of Russia, it is also putting pressure on other countries to do the same. Earlier, the envoys of 22 countries, including EU member states, had jointly called on Pakistan in a letter to support a resolution in the UNGA condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The joint statement came despite Pakistan calling for balanced and broad-based relations with all countries including the United States and the European Union. The Foreign Office of Pakistan also said the letter showed “an unacceptable attitude” by EU diplomats.

Read more: Russia must stop assault against Ukraine: G7 countries

Strong words!

Taking exception to the EU letter, PM Khan slammed the EU diplomats for the move. He questioned whether the EU took a similar stance with India.

“EU ambassadors wrote a letter to Pakistan, asking us to issue an anti-Russia statement. I ask EU ambassadors “did you write that letter to India as well?” said PM Imran. He also recalled Pakistan’s role in the War on Terror and the sacrifices made by the country.

“I ask EU ambassadors, did you thank us? Did you say we helped you in your war? Did you appreciate us?” PM Imran questioned the EU envoys.

“When India broke international law in Kashmir and abrogated Kashmir’s autonomous status, did anyone of you break ties with India, end trade or criticise [New Delhi]?” asked PM Imran.

“What are we? Are we your slaves? Do we do what you say?” the premier questioned.

The premier then said that Pakistan does not want enmity with anyone.

“We seek friendship with everyone,” he said, and reiterated that Pakistan is friends with Russia, the US, Europe, China and was not part of “any camp”.

The premier said Islamabad will not take part in any war but will be “a part of peace[ful] solution to the conflict.”

Furthermore, PM Khan also lashed out at PML-N, PPP, and JUI-F while talking about the no-confidence move.

Pakistan in awe of PM Khan’s speech

Needless to say, PM Khan’s words won praise from many in Pakistan. Netizens took to Twitter to appreciate the premier for strongly asserting Pakistan’s stance. They praised him for his “bravery” in lashing out at the EU. Owing to the sheer economical power of the West, the norm has been to appease the Western leaders.

However, PM Khan has always taken a strong stance and on numerous occasions refused to buckle under Western pressure. Another memorable example is when PM Khan refused to host any US bases in Pakistan. Therefore, Pakistan is once again rejoicing at its leader’s bold words.

Read more: Pakistan would ‘absolutely not’ allow US bases in Pakistan, PM Khan

“Imran Khan is the most courageous, proud, independent, and sovereign prime minister in Pakistan’s history,” one user wrote.

“PM Imran Khan did the right thing by exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of the EU. Pakistan should be prepared to face the extreme pressure of the West now. But this is the price worth paying for the country’s sovereignty,” another Twitterati wrote.

While the greater public opinion was in favor of PM Khan lashing out at EU, his speech was also met with criticism. According to the critics, such a blunt anti-west stance would result in diplomatic alienation of Pakistan, which would have severe consequences for the country’s economy.