The United States on Thursday rejected insinuations made by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan over Washington’s role in allegations of a “foreign conspiracy” to overthrow it from power.
“There is no justification for these allegations. We are following developments in Pakistan closely. We respect and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law,” a US State Department spokesman told ANI.
The Pakistani prime minister today reiterated his allegations of ‘foreign conspiracy’ in the country, saying that a foreign country was trying to overthrow him on the basis of “independent” foreign policy choices made by him.
Speaking to Pakistanis, ahead of the no -confidence motion, Imran claimed foreign countries were sending a message that Imran Khan should be removed otherwise the country would suffer consequences.
“The United States”, Imran Khan said in the blink of an eye and then stated that “foreign countries” had sent “threatening memos” against the Pakistani state.
“On March 8 or earlier on March 7, the US sent to us … not the US but a foreign country sending a message to us. The reason why I am talking about this … for an independent country to receive such a message … this against me and the country, “he said.
Imran Khan said the memo was against him, not against the government. “… it states that if the no -confidence motion is passed, Pakistan will be pardoned, otherwise, there will be consequences.”
The Pakistani PM had earlier shared the contents of a secret letter that made headlines last week when he informed a public meeting that his government had received threats from abroad.
Imran Khan has claimed that the threatening letter was sent to the Foreign Ministry.
Pakistani media reports said the letter was a word -for -word transcript of conversations between Pakistani diplomats and other countries sent to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari today said Imran Khan “had no place to run” less than an hour after Pakistan’s National Assembly proceedings were adjourned.
The statement was made when the proceedings of the Pakistan National Assembly were adjourned till April 3. The session was attended by more than 172 members from the opposition bench.
During a press conference, Bilawal said Imran Khan was once again using Pakistan State Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser to postpone the no -confidence motion proceedings.
“Today, by producing 175 MPs in Parliament we have proved that Imran Khan has no place to contest,” he said. “Now we have a majority, there is no safe passage (for Imran Khan), no way to save faces and no back door,” he said.
The PPP chairman suggested that there was only one “honorable” way out for Imran Khan: resign in a bid to end the political crisis in the country.
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