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U.S. blames Imran Khan of using Toronto detention for ‘political reasons’

Peshawar, Nov. 2 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan used his recent detention in Toronto by U.S. authorities for political mileage, according to U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Hoagland.

“A lot of the story that went out was not very accurate, but played up for political purposes,” The Express Tribune quoted Hoagland, as saying.

Hoagland added that in principle nobody is ever stopped from entering the United States for their political beliefs.

Furthermore, Hoagland said counter-terrorism was most important in U.S.-Pak relations.

“The sooner we contain terrorists the more peaceful the methods (of counter-terrorism) will become,” he said.

“The Strategic Pause” an interim period of a difficult relationship between both the countries was now paving way for a “more mature but restrained relationship” based on diplomatic, military and intelligence sharing, Hoagland further said. (ANI)