Assange Episode 9: 'Pakistan a hired gun to kill US enemies'

Posted Jun 19, 2012 by Anne Sewell
This week on "The World Tomorrow", Julian Assange interviews Imran Khan, a Pakistani anti-corruption activist and politician known by some as 'a one-man-party'.
Imran Khan  Pakistani anti-corruption activist and politician
Imran Khan, Pakistani anti-corruption activist and politician
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Imran Khan is a Pakistani politician, statesman and former cricketer, who played international cricket for two decades in the late twentieth century.
After retiring from cricket, he entered politics. Currently, besides his political activism, Khan is also a philanthropist, cricket commentator, Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Founder and Chairman Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.
In April 1996, Khan founded and became the chairman of a political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice). He represented Mianwali as a member of the National Assembly from November 2002 to October 2007. Foreign Policy magazine has described him as "Pakistan's Ron Paul".
In the interview, the subject of the U.S.-Pakistani "client-master" relationship is discussed.
While once labeled "a one-man-party", today he is a front-runner in Pakistani politics. Nowadays his party counts far more than “one member” as electable people come to join him. Khan's party, among others, boycotted the elections in 2008 as they were “were manipulated by the Bush administration.”
Khan always warned that elections would be “a disaster for the people of Pakistan” and that Pakistani leaders were turncoats telling Americans how great they were, but at the same time giving their own citizens a different opinion.
Khan says, “The War on Terror has been devastating for Pakistan,” because 40,000 Pakistanis have been killed “fighting America’s war.”
“Basically, our own army was killing our own people. No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, as we have been bombed in this country. Never has a country's ruling elite, for personal benefits, never have they betrayed their people as much as this elite under Musharraf and the current elite,” Khan says.
Khan further states that the U.S. operation on Pakistan’s soil in May 2011 against Osama bin Laden was the “ultimate humiliation” for the state, which was “sacrificing for the U.S.”
It turned out that “our ally did not trust us and actually came and killed someone on our own soil. It was that the two factors combined: the sacrifices, and secondly, here is an ally which – are we a friend or an enemy?”
Khan says the “client-master relationship” between the U.S. and Pakistan, when the latter is “a hired gun, being paid to kill America’s enemies” should be reviewed.
“The only thing that the Americans should be told is that “Look, there will be no terrorism from our side,”" he says.
The relationship with the U.S. should be based on “dignity and self-respect” instead of the current “client-master” model.
The full interview can be viewed above.
"The World Tomorrow" is broadcast live every Tuesday on RT at 11:30 GMT and published on Digital Journal as soon as the video is available.
Previous episodes are as follows:
Episode 1: Julian Assange 'The World Tomorrow' Episode 1 — Hassan Nasrallah
Episode 2: Assange — 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 2: Zizek & Horowitz (Video)
Episode 3: 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 3: Assange & Tunisian president (video)
Episode 4: 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 4. Rajab & El-Fattah: Arab Spring (video)
Episode 5: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 5: Surviving Guantanamo Bay
Episode 6: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 6: Ecuador fights its media
Episode 7: Julian Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep. 7: Occupy movement
Episode 8: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' — Ep 8: Cypherpunks Part 1
Episode 8: Assange 'The World Tomorrow' Ep 8: Cypherpunks part 2 — Privacy