Julian Assange interviews Imran Khan

No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, like Pakistan has been bombed by the US, Pakistani politician Imran Khan tells Julian Assange. He says it is time to put an end to the US-Pakistani ‘client-master’ relationship. ­In the ninth episode of his show, Julian Assange talks to Imran Khan, whose political party was ignored for years and which US State Department cables called “Pakistan’s one-man party.”

3 thoughts on “Julian Assange interviews Imran Khan”

  1. Excerpt:

    Press TV: Is it true that there’s a prerequisite for anybody who wants to run for Congress that they actually have to sign a pledge, one of the things in the pledge is that Jerusalem al-Quds is the capital city of Israel; another one that they have to make a commitment to support the military superiority of Israel in terms of the assistance that the United States gives? Is that indeed true; and how is it that something like this has to be in the form of a pledge for people running for Congress?

    Santomauro: Well, it’s not a formal pledge where you’re signing your name to it but it’s pretty implicit that, you know, you have to give speeches to make it clear to the fundraising crowd that that’s going to be your position, that Israel comes first in that region, no matter if you’re right or wrong.

    If anybody criticizes the United States veto vote in the Security Council, they get marginalized or they get voted out of office.

    People on Capitol Hill here in the United States and Washington D.C. are very, very scared of AIPAC, of the Jewish lobby, the Israel lobby. It’s the strongest lobby when it comes to foreign policy. They dictate the terms. It’s not a conspiracy theory. There’s no sloppy thinking involved. It’s just a matter of where the money is coming from.

    Press TV: Go ahead, Michael Santomauro [in response to guest speaker Alison Weir’s comments].

    Santomauro: Alison makes a point about the individual Jewish Americans and Israelis. They also get marginalized. Norman Finkelstein as of three or four years ago was banned from visiting Israel for ten years, so I guess he’s got six years to go.

    If you’re an academic and you have very, very strong reasoning abilities where you can influence the public or a segment of the public, you get marginalized. You get marginalized whether you’re a Jewish individual or non-Jewish individual in this culture.

    More: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1r9LqPE4nE&feature=share

    Michael Santomauro

  2. I was having difficulty in understanding Imran Khan when he talked about OBL’s killing by US forces. he sounded like he didn’t like the action bkaz it was taken by americans otherwise it would be okay with him if taken by pakistan’s military. well, pak-military would not kill someone who has been protected well by themselves. If you’re against terrorism, it really doesn’t make any difference if obl was killed by US or any other force. Talking against US’s war in pakistan and being silent on pak-army chief’s going to Washington and getting $2 billion cheque in the lieu of the services delivered in supplying logistics and killing of their own countrymen is hypocritical. if you can’t be critical of military establishment which has made the country a client state for 60yrs but opposing US is beyond rationale approach.

    We understand very well the fact that almost every political party is corrupt in pakistan including in govt or waiting for govt, secular or religious but how come Imran Khan has allowed the crooks of other corrupt political parties to join his party. Those who have joined PTI has record of corruption and many of them have served term in jail.

    I’m sorry to say that Hamid Gul a retired ISI chief is Imran Khan’s mentor who is fundamentally a Jehadi-minded and was a key player in welcoming foreign fighters and training new recruits for afghan jihad. when i listen to him and listen to Hamid Gul they are on the same line.

    I don’t have any doubt if he is not having support from pakistan’s military establishment.

  3. I think Pakistan and their neighbors will benefit from Khans leadership. The assault on the sovereignty of Pakistan by America, claiming about 45,000 lives already is utterly appalling and why hasn’t the world come down on the USA like a ton of bricks?

    I’m no friend of ObL but I would be angry, very angry if the USA killed anybody in my country, tourist, refugee, naturalised or born citizen, rogue or innocent, such a thing is an act of war, whatever anyone might think of Osama b’L. He was entitled to a fair trial, and summary execution isn’t in my rule book. Should it be? Should I model my behavior on that of the USA’s president then I’d be in custody by the police, and headed for jail with no release date.

    The timing of ObL’s assassination was interesting because WL’s was publishing riveting stuff at the time that has been lost in the wake of Osama’s extra judicial murder. I didn’t ‘celebrate’ his death, he has done nothing to me and he has probably never killed a living being in his life. I don’t believe what the USA say about him, they have lied too much about others.

    I’m thrilled that Khan isn’t going to play puppet to America. We need more politicians like him in our world, those that are focused on peace, mutual respect, diplomacy and instead of competitiveness, cooperation without war.

    The only thing I would fault is the issues of nuclear weapons. India lives under a shadow of Pakistan’s nuclear bombs. I hope that Khan can achieve great things in the relationships between the countries. Both India and Pakistan need respite from their British/American invasions, divide and conquer strategies. I hope those days are over now.

    I know I sound anti-American, well I’m not. I love America but I’d fight their government’s draconian foreign and domestic policies, tooth and nail. It’s delicious that the USA administration has cooked their own goose with their illegal drone programs. Now we know how spiteful the president is, he has killed more babies than Timothy McVeigh.

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