Karachi: Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has said that ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif tried to improve the India-Pakistan relations but the "aggressive anti-Pakistan posture" of the Indian government resulted in the current stalemate between the two neighbours.
The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief, whose party appears to be gaining ground ahead of the 25 July elections, also said that the key to the Prime Minister House lies in understanding the country's complex political realities. "Sharif tried his best (to mend relations with India)," Khan told Dawn in an interview.
Modi visited Pakistan in December 2015 but the terror attacks by Pakistan-based militants in Pathankot in January 2016 and then in Uri in September strained the ties between the two countries.
Commenting on the military's influence in Pakistan's foreign policy, Khan said, "The army will get involved where there are security situations. If you look at the US policy in Afghanistan, a lot of the US-Afghan policy was influenced by Pentagon. Even when (President) Barack Obama did not want to continue the war in Afghanistan, he did it because he was convinced by Pentagon."
Pakistan's powerful military has always played a crucial role in the country's politics. The army has ruled Pakistan for more than 33 years of the country's 70-year history.
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