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US is meddling with Pakistan’s internal affairs, claims Russia

Russia says the United States is interfering in Pakistan’s internal affairs while Prime Minister Imran Khan is being punished for visiting Russia. It is to be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly said that a no-confidence motion against him was hatched abroad.

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According to reports, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova responded to the threatening letter by claiming that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was urged to cancel his visit to Russia, while the US pressure was rebuffed by Pakistan.

According to a spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, the US has determined to penalize Prime Minister Imran Khan for not canceling the visit. Unexpectedly, a motion of no confidence was brought against him. Donald Lu slammed Pakistan’s measured approach to the Ukraine crisis.

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It all started with the No-Confidence Motion against PM Khan

It is to be noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly said that a no-confidence motion against him was hatched abroad and financial assistance is also being provided to him. The prime minister visited Moscow two months ago at the invitation of the Russian president.

In the wake of the Ukraine tensions, the international community pressured Pakistan to openly condemn the Russian attack, but the Imran Khan government pursued a policy of balanced response. 

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China has now entered the Pakistan political crisis by warning the United States against ‘interference’ in Pakistan’s internal affairs. The Chinese officials told Islamabad that it is upset with the manner in which the US intervenes sometimes, reports Pakistan media citing Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s meeting with Beijing officials.

Accusations against the US are serious

According to the letter that Imran Khan shared with journalists, the letter indicates a foreign country was unhappy with Pakistan’s policies and Imran Khan’s trip to Russia at the onset of the Ukraine war, terming it as the Pakistan PM’s decision. The letter said that if the no-confidence motion fails, it will have consequences for Pakistan. The no-trust motion and regime change was mentioned in the alleged letter, sources said.

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The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government has accused the US of interfering in the country’s politics and trying to instigate regime change. The basis of the allegation is a purported cable from Pakistan’s outgoing ambassador to the US, who relayed in writing to Islamabad the minutes of a terse meeting with US officials in Washington, DC, on March 7. The memorandum implied that the US was unlikely to engage with Pakistan until after the opposition’s vote of no-confidence against the prime minister.