No foreign conspiracy to oust Imran govt: NSC – Pakistan

The National Security Council (NSC) said in a statement released after an organization meeting on Friday that there was no foreign conspiracy to overthrow the government led by Imran Khan.

“NSC discussed the telegram received from the Pakistani embassy in Washington DC,” the NSC said in a statement.

The NSC meeting, the highest coordination forum on security issues, was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The event was attended by former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Assad Majid, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nadim Raja, Army Chief of Staff Kammar Javed Bazwa, Chief of Naval Operations, Air Force Chief of Staff Muhammad Amzad Khan Niaj, and Chief of Staff of the Air Force. Zaheer Ahmad Babar and senior civil and military officer.

Defense Minister Kawaza Asif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaula, Information Minister Marijum Aurangzeb, Planning Minister Asan Iqbal and Foreign Minister Hina Ravani Karl were also in attendance.

The NSC said in a statement that it “reaffirmed the decision of the last NSC meeting” after reviewing the “communications” shared by the ambassador.

The NSC added that it had “reported information back to the NSC that it did not find any evidence of any conspiracy from the surface security authorities” and concluded that “there was no foreign conspiracy.”

The NSC’s statement comes as former prime minister and PTI president Imran Khan launched a campaign claiming his government had been overthrown by “foreign conspiracy.” To support his claim, Imran continued to refer to telegrams sent by former Pakistani ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed, which he said contained evidence of a conspiracy to overthrow his government.

It is the second time in months that the NSC has held a meeting to review the content of the cable Majeed sent.

In March, the NSC decided to declare a ‘strong candidacy’ to a country that did not disclose its name on ‘blatant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs’.

The forum did not call interference a conspiracy in its last meeting, chaired by then Prime Minister Imran Khan and including military aides present today, but in today’s handout.

At the NSC meeting last month, it also declared interference “under no circumstances will it be tolerated”.

Earlier this month, Director of Interservice Public Relations (DG) Babar Iftikhar adamantly stated that the word “conspiracy” was not used in a statement issued after the March NSC meeting.

“Considering the military response to the NSC meeting, the statement was issued after the position was fully communicated at that meeting…

“The words used are in front of you… As I said… The words used are clear. Are there words like the conspiracies used there? I don’t think” he answered. reporter.

DG ISPR also said that the march announcement is not limited to the hatching of conspiracies, but may be given for other reasons. “In this case, it was given for non-diplomatic language and … to interfere,” he said.

‘PTI’s position has been strengthened’

Meanwhile, former Foreign Minister and PTI Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi said the PTI’s position has strengthened since Friday’s NSC meeting. In an interview with the press, he said the meeting supported the views of the meeting held in March.

“Bilawal and Maryam said that this document was fabricated, not based on facts, and that it was drafted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Today, the NSC received a fact-based and accurate briefing from the entire envoy and approved the document. “

Qureshi reiterated that today’s statement approved the minutes of the March meeting. “And what do the minutes say? They say there was interference in Pakistan’s internal and political affairs.” He also added that it was clear which state was responsible for the interference.

“Today, the current government is further undermining the trust and trust of the people,” he said. “This is an attempt to cover up,” he said.

Qureshi also called for a judicial commission to be formed to investigate the matter by conducting public hearings.

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Since he was ousted by the opposition in a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly, Imran has dissolved the Shehbaz government, calling it an “imported” government.

The former prime minister claimed that the information he received from the ambassador on March 7, a day before the opposition party officially submitted a measure of no confidence in him, was a foreign conspiracy. plot.

The issue was first raised by Imran at a public rally on March 27, four days before the first NSC meeting to review cable content.

Since then, Imran has mentioned Cable in several public speeches when talking about plans to remove him from power.

In one of his speeches, Imran said Cable conveyed details of the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and the ambassador’s allegation that the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Donald Lu, threatened Pakistan.

Majeed said on cable that Lu had warned that Imran’s retention as prime minister would affect relations between the two countries. Imran argued that the US was annoyed with his “independent foreign policy” and his visit to Moscow.

The decision to reject the proposal of no confidence in former Prime Minister Imran on the 3rd of April, Kasim Suri, vice chairman of the National Assembly, was also made based on this telegram, which he saw as evidence of the conspiracy to oust Imran. This resolution was due to pass legislation that contradicts Article 5 of the Constitution, which would mandate allegiance to the state for all citizens.

Suri’s decision was later annulled by the Supreme Court, and a resolution of no confidence was finally voted on on April 10, and Imran was removed from office as prime minister.