Imran Blames Foreign Hand Against His Govt, US Rubbishes His Claim

Imran Khan

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, staring a defeat in a no-confidence motion for which Pakistan’s Parliament is expected to vote on April 3, refused to resign and restated his claim of “foreign conspiracy” against his government, and sought to blame the US for his troubles. US State Department has rubbished the allegations made by Pak PM.

In a slip of the tongue while addressing the nation, Pak PM called the US as the country behind the alleged conspiracy that centers round a diplomatic cable sent by a Pakistani ambassador. On Wednesday, Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government made confirmation about the alleged conspiracy and said it was based on a cable received from a foreign mission.

“On March 8, or probably before that on March 7, we received a message from the US…no, not the US, what I mean to say is from some other foreign country,” he said during the address, adding the message was against himself and the nation.

“The letter stated that the no-confidence motion was being tabled even before it was filed, which means the opposition was in contact with them,” Khan alleged.

At a public rally in Islamabad on March 27 when he brandished a piece of paper and claimed it was evidence of an “international conspiracy” to topple his government. He has said the letter stated that if the no-confidence motion passes, Pakistan will be forgiven and that there will be consequences if his government survives.

Khan said officials of the host government told the Pakistani envoy that if he stays in power, the country will be facing difficulties. He added, “I am telling my nation today that this is our status. We are a nation of 220 million and another country — and they are not giving any reason — [is issuing threats]. They said that Imran Khan decided to go to Russia on his own even though the Foreign Office and the military leadership were consulted.”

The US State Department spokesperson Ned Prince rubbishing the allegations made by Pak PM said that there was no truth to the allegations, insisting that the US respects and supports Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law. White House communications director, too stated that there is ‘no truth’ to Khan’s allegations of the US working with the Opposition in Pakistan to remove him from power.

“We are closely following developments in Pakistan, and we respect, we support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law,” Price responded to the allegations.

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