Pakistan’s relations with the US have been particularly volatile during the Biden administration. Imran Khan, 69, was removed from office last week through a motion of no confidence in Parliament. Imran Khan accused the US of hatching a ‘conspiracy’ to topple his government. The US government has categorically denied these allegations. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in his daily news conference on Thursday, “For nearly 75 years, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has been important. We congratulate Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, elected by the Pakistani Parliament, and look forward to working with him and his government.”
He further said, “We look forward to continuing to work with the Government of Pakistan to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the wider region.” A day earlier, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken congratulated Sharif. ‘The US values bilateral relations and looks forward to continuing long-standing cooperation.’ On claims of the US playing a role in toppling Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan with the help of opposition parties, Price said there was “no truth” in it. “Our message on this has been clear and consistent. There is no truth in the allegations leveled against us, we support constitutional and peaceful democratic principles including respect for human rights. Then be it any political party, be it in Pakistan or anywhere else in the world.
The US has denied Khan’s allegations several times in the past as well-
“We support broad principles, including the rule of law and equal justice under the law,” Price said. There was a protest against America in DC. He also allegedly attacked a Pakistani-American journalist and some members of the community. Khan had accused Donald Lu, assistant secretary of the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the State Department, of being involved in a “foreign conspiracy” to topple his government. To this, Price said the US agreed with the Pakistani military’s assessment, which said it had no evidence to suggest that the Biden administration threatened to overthrow Imran Khan’s government or that such was involved in some conspiracy.
A controversial letter threatened to topple the Imran government
Major General Babar Iftikhar, the Director General of the Pakistan Army’s media wing “Inter-Services Public Relations” (ISPR), said on Thursday that a statement issued after a meeting of the National Security Committee convened last month to discuss a controversial paper The word “conspiracy” was not used. According to the then Prime Minister Khan, this controversial letter threatened to topple his government. In fact, before his expulsion on March 27, Imran Khan displayed a ‘threatening letter’ at a public meeting, claiming that his government had been threatened by the US government and that the opposition was involved in a conspiracy to topple his government.
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