Our govt will build balanced, trust-based relationship with U.S: Imran

Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan has said his government will build a more "balanced and trustworthy" relationship with the U.S, asserting that the trust deficit between the two countries has resulted in many ups and downs in the bilateral ties.

The relations between Pakistan and the U.S nosedived this January after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

The U.S Congress also passed a bill to slash Pakistan's defence aid to USD 150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than USD one billion per year.

Speaking to Acting U.S Ambassador to Pakistan, John F Hoover, who called on him at his Banigala residence, the cricketer-turned-politician said there was a need for revitalisation of diplomatic ties between Pakistan and the U.S and transforming the relationship for the benefit of both the countries.

"Our government will engage with the U.S to make this relationship more balanced and trustworthy. We count trade and economic relations with the U.S extremely important," Imran was quoted as saying by the 'Dawn'.

Pakistan and the U.S have witnessed many ups and downs in their relationship, which were the outcome of trust deficit between the two countries, he said.

"I am glad that people in the U.S have ultimately started acknowledging significance of political solution as conflict and use of force can add to the damages instead of breeding a sustainable solution to the crisis," Imran said.