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Pakistani PM Imran Khan lashes out at EU ambassadors for letter.

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lashes out at a letter by the European Union ambassadors in Pakistan over the Russia-Ukraine conflict and asks them whether they had sent such a letter to India.

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STORY: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan lashed out on Sunday (March 6) at a letter by the European Union ambassadors in Pakistan over the Russia-Ukraine conflict and asked them whether they had sent such a letter to India.

The letter, by heads of 22 diplomatic missions on March 1, had urged Pakistan to support a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly condemning Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

“What do you think of us? Are we your slaves that whatever you say, we will do?"Khan told a political rally in Melsi, central province of Punjab.

“European Union ambassadors wrote letter to Pakistan asking to issue statements against Russia and vote against it. I want to ask the European Union Ambassadors: did you write such a letter to India?”he asked.

He said that despite India’s violation of UNSC resolutions, they did not criticize, end ties or stopped trade with it.

Pakistan and India have fought three wars over Kashmir.

Khan said it was Pakistan that had supported NATO in the war on terror. The rulers at that time supported these countries.

As the outcome of that war, Pakistan lost 80,000 precious lives, 3.5 million people in the tribal areas were displaced while the country had suffered an economic loss of $100 billion dollars, he added.

Khan said that instead of acknowledging such huge sacrifices, certain countries in Europe blamed Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan.

The prime minister said that they did not want strained relations with any country. He said Pakistan would endeavour to stop war in Ukraine.

“We don’t want enmity with anyone. We want friendship with everyone. We are friends with Russia, and we are also friends with America; we are friends with China and with Europe; we are not part of any camp. But because we are neutral, we will work with countries trying to end the war in Ukraine.”

Russia has acknowledged that nearly 500 Russian troops have been killed and around 1,600 wounded. Ukraine has not released casualty figures for its armed forces. The UN human rights office says at least 331 civilians have been killed and 675 wounded in Ukraine since the start of the invasion.

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