The potential sale will support US foreign policy and national security "by protecting US technology through the continued presence of US personnel that provide 24/7 end-use monitoring," the statement announcing the Pakistan approval read.
"We are to become a great nation, but not by begging,” said Imran, addressing the people who gathered at the Islamabad International Airport to welcome him back home after three-day visit to the United States in the wee hours of Thursday.
This would be Imran's second visit to the US. In July, he held a one-on-one meeting with Trump, reports The News International.
While covering the first official meeting between Donald Trump and Imran Khan, it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the similarities between them. However, comparing the US president and prime minister of Pakistan is not just a poor analogy – it’s downright lazy. Many analysts, including Trevor Noah
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to the US next week is meant to reset Pakistan’s often stormy relations with the US. The first visit by Khan as Prime Minister of Pakistan had been under discussion for some weeks, but Islamabad got a jolt when the State Department spokesperson refuted Pakistani media reports of a meeting
As per a statement issued by the Prime Minister Office, the decision has been "taken in view of the regional security environment.” Bajwa's tenure was due to end in November but analysts have long predicted the extension.
Khan met Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the sidelines of this week's United Nations General Assembly, before which he visited Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, whom he said had made the same request.
Reports said Imran's visit cost the national kitty $67,180 against $752,688 spent by Zardari on his visit in 2009 and $549,853 by Sharif on his visit to the US in 2013.
Imran's comments come a day after Pakistan accused India of using illegal cluster bombs, killing two civilians and wounding 11, in the disputed Kashmir region. India denied it had used such weapons.