Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) Imran Khan
The situation has deteriorated in Afghanistan despite an increase in the number of US troops under President Barack Obama, a Pakistani politician says.
"He [Obama] does not give us the confidence that he has a proper grasp of what was going on there," Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) Imran Khan told Press TV in an exclusive interview.
The Pakistani politician pointed out that Washington has to understand that there is no victory in the Afghanistan war, he said.
For the first time the majority of Americans think that this is not the war they want to own or they are going to win. "The war is basically lost because the hearts and minds battle has been lost," he added.
Commenting on Britain's role in Afghanistan, he said that the former British prime minister Tony Blair, basically, followed whatever George W. Bush did. "I am afraid that Gordon Brown is going along the same lines."
Commenting on the media reports that the Taliban insurgency was being spilled over into Pakistan, Imran Khan said that the Pakistani government pretended that the militants were close to Islamabad in order to prepare the grounds for launching a massive military operation against them.
"This was also a tool used by Pakistani leadership to blow up the threat of Taliban and then get US dollars. Asif Ali Zardari played up all this big threat," Imran Khan said.
A former Cricket player, Khan founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice) in April 1996 and became its chairman. Tehreek-e-Insaf is a political party of which Imran Khan is the only member ever elected to the parliament.