State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said the United States had agreed to a statement from ISPR’s secretary-general, which dismissed impressions of a foreign “conspiracy” to oust the former prime minister. Imran Khan government.
A senior US official said at a press briefing in response to a reporter’s question:
“A Pakistani military spokesperson said there was no evidence that the United States was involved in or threatened to overthrow the government of Imran Khan. What is your opinion on this?” asked the reporter.
“We would agree with that,” Price said.
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Military spokesman Babar Iftikhar tried to explain the foreign conspiracy theories behind Imran’s ouster on Thursday, especially when the National Security Council (NSC), which includes the military and ISI heads, did not use the word “conspiracy”. mentioned that it did not. Contrary to some political declarations by PTI leaders, in a statement about “cable gates”.
General Iftikar said the military’s position on the cable was formulated after a thorough investigation by intelligence agencies.
However, the NSC noted that the messages delivered by State Department officials amounted to “blatant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.”
Price dismissed the allegations raised by Im Ran at a press briefing on Thursday, saying “the allegations made so far are not true.”
“We support the peaceful defense of the constitution and democratic principles, including respect for human rights,” he said at the briefing. “We do not support any political party, whether in Pakistan or anywhere in the world.”
A US State Department official said the US supports a wide range of principles, including the rule of law and equal justice under the law.
He also stressed that the United States looks forward to working with the newly elected Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif and his government “to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the wider region”.
Price said the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been very important over the past 75 years. “You’ve probably seen the statement we made last night from the minister about the election of Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif,” he added.
The day before, US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken also congratulated Shehbaz Sharif and promised to continue long-term cooperation with the Pakistani government.
Likewise, earlier this week, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the United States had “sound military relations with the Pakistani military” and said “we have every expectation that it will continue to do so.”
Controversy over a no-confidence bill for former Prime Minister Imran Khan changed dramatically when a letter at a March 27 rally, days before the troubled prime minister was ousted, claimed that the letter contained evidence that a “foreign conspiracy” had hatched. his government.
Imran was silent about the contents of the letter when it was first made public, but after a few days, as the government’s exit appeared imminent, he spilled beans in the name of America.
Imran’s assertion that the US led the resignation is based on reports by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Assad Majid about a meeting with Donald Lu, assistant secretary for Central and South Asia.
Majeed said Donald Lu had warned that Imran Khan’s presidency, facing a vote of no confidence, would affect relations between the two countries. The US is said to be dissatisfied with Imran’s ‘independent diplomacy’ and visit to Moscow.
The Ministry of Defense and the State Department denied the allegations, saying they were not true.
The National Security Council (NSC), which includes Pakistan’s chief intelligence officer and all service heads, decided to address the issue on March 31 and declare a “strong candidacy” for an unnamed country. It was called “blatant interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs”.
He said the language used in the statement was “non-diplomatic”, calling it “unacceptable interference under any circumstances.”