By Luke Hawker
January 25, 2020
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, called for de-escalation between Tehran and Washington and insisted “war is not the solution”. Mr Khan also ordered US President Donald Trump not to repeat history and said a war with Iran would be a “much more difficult conflict” than invasion of Afghanistan which began in 2001. Tensions between Iran and the US soared following the assassination of Iran’s top military official on January 3.
General Soleimani was travelling through Baghdad, when his two-vehicle convey was struck by three missiles ordered by the US President.
Four days after the attack, Tehran retaliated and launched a series of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US troops.
US officials said 15 missiles were fired, with 10 striking the Ain al-Asad base – located 100 miles west of the Iraqi capital.
At the annual conference in Switzerland, the Pakistani Prime Minister said a conflict in the region would hit the world economy and cause poverty.
He told US network CNBC: “A conflict right now with Iran would be a disaster for developing countries.
“Oil prices will shoot up. Countries like us who are just about balancing our budgets, everything will go up and it’ll just cause poverty.
“I did say to President Trump war is not the solution.”
Relations between the Middle East and the West have been strained to a level not seen since the joint invasion by US and UK forces in Afghanistan in 2001, and the Iraq war in 2003.
The 18-year battle in Afghanistan was triggered by the devastating terror attacks in New York on September 11, 2001.
Since 2001, more than 775,000 US troops have deployed to fight against the Taliban and terror groups.
According to US Government figures, 2,300 US soldiers have been killed and a further 20,589 were wounded in action.
Mr Khan stated despite all the bloodshed there is still not peace in the region and a war with Iran would be even worse.
He said: “Just look at Afghanistan, it’s almost now 19 years.We’re still finding a solution, still trying to get peace talks going.
“Does the US want another conflict?
“Trust me, Iran will be a much, much more difficult conflict than even Afghanistan.”
The Pakistani Prime Minister added military action tends to have “unintended consequences” and risks “mayhem in this world”.
He added: “You use military to solve one problem, five other problems come up unintended consequences.
“People who try and solve issues through bloodshed and war, they always cause mayhem in this world.”