Washington/Islamabad: The US has vehemently rejected Pakistan’s crisis-ridden Prime Minister Imran Khan’s latest allegations of a “foreign conspiracy” hatched in Washington to overthrow his government with the help of opposition parties, and said that These claims are “not at all true”. Khan has been claiming that the opposition’s no-confidence motion against him was the result of a foreign conspiracy because of his independent foreign policy and money was being sent from abroad to oust him from power. In an address to the nation on Friday, the 69-year-old prime minister reiterated his allegations that a senior US diplomat had threatened regime change in Pakistan.
Khan has alleged that Donald Lu, assistant secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in the State Department, was involved in a foreign conspiracy to topple his government. Responding to a question on Khan’s new allegations by the US of promoting a no-confidence vote against her government, Deputy State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said at a news conference on Friday: There is no truth in it. , “Of course, we continue to follow these developments, and we respect and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law. But then, these allegations are not true at all,” she said.
Friday’s rebuttal was the third time the US State Department had publicly commented on Khan’s allegations. Earlier, Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that the State Department had dismissed the allegation when it initially broke in late March. On March 31, State Department spokesman Ned Price said, “We are following developments in Pakistan closely, and we respect, we support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law. But when it comes to those allegations, there is no truth in them. At a public rally in Islamabad on March 27, Prime Minister Khan first revealed about a “letter” and claimed that it contained a threat from the US to the Pakistan government.
Based on the letter and the alleged conspiracy, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri rejected the opposition’s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Khan on 3 April. On Thursday, the Supreme Court had set aside the deputy speaker’s decision. On Saturday, Pakistan’s parliament began its crucial session to take up a no-confidence motion against the defiant prime minister. Earlier this month also, the US denied reports of any “threat letter” sent to Pakistan on the current political situation in the country. Last week, some Pakistani media outlets reported that the powerful military had also denied Prime Minister Khan’s remarks accusing the US of plotting to topple his government, saying it was a source of interference in the country’s internal affairs. There is no evidence.