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Gen (R) Tariq Khan to head commission investigating ‘foreign conspiracy’

Fawad Chaudhary, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, announced at a media conference that the government has decided to probe into the matter of the alleged foreign-funded conspiracy to overthrow Imran Khan's regime in Pakistan.

Fawad Chaudhary, the Minister for Information and Broadcasting, announced at a media conference that the government has decided to probe into the matter of the alleged foreign-funded conspiracy to overthrow Imran Khan’s regime in Pakistan. In that effort, the government has decided to form a commission to investigate the matter. Addressing a press conference, the minister said that the commission would be headed by Lt General (retd) Tariq Khan.

Referring to the leader of the opposition’s remarks regarding the letters’ authenticity, the minister said that the commission would investigate whether the letter exists or not. He further added that the commission would investigate whether a threat of regime change existed or not. Lastly, it would probe into who the local collaborators are.

Read More: Foreign Threat Letter

Talking about the cabinet meeting, the minister said that the Prime Minister was reassured of the cabinet’s unrelenting support to the Prime Minister. He added that it was decided in the meeting today that the government would present all the documentary evidence except for the original cipher, which came from the Pakistani Ambassador before members of the parliament before the no-confidence motion is voted upon. “If they still proceed with the vote of no confidence, then it will be evident before the public on who stands where,” the minister added.

During the media conference, Fawad Chaudhary also drew a comparison between Mir Jaffar (infamous for his betrayal) and the present-day local. He added that if the invading forces of the East India Company had not enjoyed support from the likes of Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq, we would never have lost our independence. He added that if the Pakistani public does not come out to protect its independence, we will enter a new era of slavery and will have to restart our struggle from 23 March 1940. He maintained that if the voting succeeds, then an imported selected government would be imposed upon us.

Read More: PM Khan might share the “foreign conspiracy” letter with Chief Justice

Earlier in the press conference said that the supreme court’s decision had put the “parliament’s supremacy in danger,” especially how the supreme court dictated how and when to hold the proceedings. Talking about the supreme court decision, he said that the “supreme Court did not have the content/evidence on which it based its ruling (referring to the letter)”. The supreme should have investigated the content which was presented before the speaker, following which he announced his decision, the minister added.

It is pertinent to mention that when talking about the letter, the PTI counsel had requested the court for an in-camera. The counsel further added that “I want to keep the FO’s briefing in front of the court,” However, the CJP replied that the court was currently not asking for the letter, subsequently rejecting Awn’s request.

Read More: SC decision would have been different if letter presented: Former AG