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US agrees with DG ISPR’s statement on foreign conspiracy against Khan

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price says the US does not support one party over another.

The US has agreed with the DG ISPR Major Babar Iftikhar’s statement regarding no evidence of Washington’s involvement in the conspiracy to overthrow Imran Khan’s government.

During a press conference, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said there is no truth to the allocations that have been put forward.

He said the US supports the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles everywhere, including Pakistan. Price went on to say that the US does not support one party over another.

Highlighting the bilateral ties between Pakistan and US, Ned Price said, “For almost 75 years, the relationship between the US and Pakistan has been a vital one. We look forward to continuing that work with Pakistan’s government to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the broader region.”

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The statement comes a day after DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar clarified that the word “conspiracy” was not used in the statement issued after the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting last month.

But according to former rights minister Shireen Mazari, the distinction between “conspiracy” and “interference” is incorrect. She said the PTI termed it a foreign conspiracy owing to the harsh words used in the cable. Mazari also quoted the US Diplomat Donald Lu, who was believed responsible for the threatening cable.

“He said if the vote of no-confidence is not successful, and if Imran Khan remains as the prime minister and I quote Donald Lu’s words, then PM Imran Khan will be isolated from the US and we will take up the issue head-on. But the vote of no-confidence succeeds all will be forgiven.” Mazari said.

Former Prime Imran Khan, who was voted out through a no-trust motion on April 9, has accused the US of backing his removal because he had visited Russia against Washington’s advice.

On March 27, he brandished a ‘threat letter’ at a public gathering claiming that the US threatened his government, adding that the Opposition was involved in the conspiracy.

In retaliation, dozens of pro-Khan street rallies erupted across the country. The size and emotional intensity of the rallies appeared to surpass even Khan’s expectations. They swiftly shifted the political calculus of the moment, even as power was transferred to a new prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif.

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Sharif epitomizes Pakistan’s permanent ruling class. He praised Khan’s legal removal from power as a victory for the constitution and the law, but he quickly sought to bring back his older brother and PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif. This three-time prime minister was jailed on corruption charges in 2019 and now lives in London.