Imran doesn't want to distance himself from the US's friendship. He just doesn't want Pakistan involved in a war in which the US will eventually leave Pakistan a very unstable neighbour.
Ending corruption and making better use of our resources will allow us to avoid US aid, which by the way never goes to the public.
Hope Imran cuts the defence budget by a big margin. We don't need the latest defence toys at the moment. We need education, electricity, strong industry, health, etc. However it will be difficult to control the military.