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Russian view on US conspiracy against Imran Khan

Pakistan's political atmosphere has been unstable with the PTI continuously crying foul of a US regime change and the incumbent government struggling to stabilize the economy.

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The no-confidence vote against Former Prime Minister Imran Khan caused a political storm in Pakistan. The matter became more controversial when the former premier claimed an international conspiracy by the US to topple his government.

Since then, Pakistan’s political atmosphere has been unstable with the PTI continuously crying foul of a US regime change and the incumbent government struggling to stabilize the economy with two sides often taking shots at each other.

Pertinent to mention, Pakistan’s political instability has raised eyebrows internationally as well. As a result, renowned American Moscow-based political analyst Andrew Korybko recently gave an interview to a private publication regarding the regime change operation and the role of the Establishment.

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According to Andrew Korybko, Pakistan’s regime change “closely resembles” Brazil’s regime change. To clarify, the coup brought to Brazil a military regime politically aligned to the interests of the United States government. A similar thing happened in Pakistan.

“What happened in Pakistan more closely resembles Brazil’s regime change in the prior decade with respect to being carried out through superficially democratic means via so-called “lawfare”, or the weaponization of legal instruments for political ends, which in this case is regime change,” Andrew Korybko said. He also noted that the foreign factor is greatly obscured as domestic elements carried out the process.

Pro-American schools within the Establishment

Interestingly, Andrew Korybko explained that there are pro-American schools within the Establishment that had been secretly plotting against their multi-polar leader i.e. Imran Khan in Pakistan’s case.

According to the pro-American school of thought, their country’s objective national interests rest in remaining within the US’ orbit, even as its junior partner. However, Imran Khan was too much of a “radical” and “wildcard” as he harshly criticized the US, putting Pakistan’s balancing act at risk.

“What the pro-American school didn’t realize, however, is that the times are changing and so too must Pakistani policy. It can’t remain tied to the past when the rest of the world has already moved on long ago. Nevertheless, they still thought that his rhetoric was contrary to objective national interests,” Andrew Korybko said.

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“This explains why they considered cooperating with the opposition in the latter’s bid to return to power, which coincided with former Prime Minister Khan’s “absolutely not” in response to the question of hosting US bases,” he further added.