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Foreign Affairs of Russia tags Imran Khan, celebrates diplomatic relations

On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia posted a message with a picture celebrating the 74 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The diplomatic relations between the two countries started on 1st May 1948.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Russia tagged former Prime Minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as they posted about celebrating the anniversary of Pak-Russian diplomatic relations.

On Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia posted a message with a picture celebrating the 74 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The diplomatic relations between the two countries started on 1st May 1948.

“On May 1, 1948, diplomatic relations between our country and Pakistan were established. Today, Russia & Pakistan are major foreign policy partners. Sergey #Lavrov: Russian-Pakistani relations are constructive and mutually beneficial,” wrote the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia.

Interestingly, they tagged PTI chief and former PM Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI leaders Shahbaz Gill, and Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari. The ministry did not tag current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hina Rabbani Khar. The ministry also tagged the Government of Pakistan and some other institutions of Pakistan.

It is important to remember that former PM Imran Khan claims he has been ousted from office for wanting an independent foreign policy for Pakistan. He had visited Russia in February. Imran Khan became the first Pakistani premier to visit Russia after two decades.

Read more: On the edge of precipice: Imran Khan’s fallout

Imran Khan claims that he was removed from office through a foreign conspiracy, allegedly by the US, in collaboration with the opposition parties. He claims the reason behind his removal from the office for wanting to develop diplomatic and economic ties with Russia.

PM Imran Khan’s claims of receiving a “threatening letter” had caused quite the storm in Pakistan. While addressing the public at PTI’s March 27th rally, PM Khan said that a foreign-funded plot aimed to topple his government. Furthermore, he brandished a letter, without divulging its contents, as evidence of the existence of the conspiracy aimed at ousting his government.

He said the letter read that Pakistan would be forgiven if Imran Khan is removed from the office.