Addressing a media conference in Islamabad, Minister for Planning and Development Asad Umar, alongside Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, said that the Prime Minister was thinking about sharing the letter – which he waved and quickly concealed in his pocket during his rally in Islamabad – with the Chief Justice of Pakistan.
The minister for planning and development added that the idea to share the letter with the Chief Justice comes amidst the rising skepticism and doubts surrounding the authenticity of the letter, with some even questioning whether such a letter even exists.
PM Khan, during his rally, claimed that the letter contained evidence of foreign involvement behind the no-trust motion. He further added that “Attempts are being made through foreign money to change the government in Pakistan. Our people are being used. Mostly inadvertently, but some people are using money against us. We know from what places attempts are being to pressure us. We have been threatened in writing but we will not compromise on national interest.”
By repeating a bogus claim of foreign conspiracy and blaming foreign capitals of plots to overthrow a crumbling govt, Imran Khan and his party members have wrecked whatever remains of their diplomatic credibility. They have turned the country into a laughing stock of the world.
— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) March 29, 2022
Talking to the media, the minister for planning and development said that “I have read the letter myself” he further added that hardly “two or three” members of the ruling party have read the letter and that the government was thinking about ways to share that letter with the apex authority.
“Obviously, it is the highest office of justice in Pakistan, it is a huge position that has respect in this country. Personally, too, the chief justice has a very good reputation. The prime minister said that on the nation’s behalf, if necessary, and for the people’s satisfaction, he is ready to present the letter to the chief justice of the Supreme Court,” the minister for planning added.
In addition to Asad Umar’s comments, Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhary said that what is interesting about the letter is that it is dated prior to the submission of the no-trust motion and contains references regarding the motion in it.
Endorsing the information minister’s comments, Mr. Umar added, “This is a very concerning thing and it is important because this letter clearly mentions the no-confidence resolution. There is no ambiguity that the no-confidence motion is being talked about.” He even mentioned the threat of “grave consequences” in case the Prime Minister does not abide by the “demands.”
The minister further noted that the letter contains content regarding national security and has been shared with the concerned civil and military departments. In an apparent reference to the opposition, he said that some people are asking, “why can’t we share the letter with them” and added that “national secrets are very delicate in nature” and hence need to be disseminated in an organized manner.
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He testified that the letter was a reality and assured that it was not just a political stunt.