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Pakistan

US says it agrees with ISPR's dismissal of foreign conspiracy allegations

  • US State Department spokesperson Ned Price also says the country does not support one political party over another in Pakistan or anywhere else
Published April 15, 2022

The United States has said it agreed with the Inter-Services Public Relations' (ISPR) rejection of allegations of a "foreign conspiracy" to oust former prime minister Imran Khan's government.

"Pakistan’s military spokesperson said that they had no evidence to suggest that United States had threatened or was involved in the conspiracy to seek the ouster of Imran Khan’s government. Your thoughts and comment on this statement?" US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price was asked during a press briefing on Thursday.

"We would agree with it," Price replied.

A day ago, Director-General ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar had said whatever was discussed by the National Security Committee (NSC) was released through ISPR's official statement and the term “conspiracy” was not mentioned in it.

“As far as the military’s response about the NSC meeting is concerned, that stance, in that meeting was fully given, and then a statement was issued, which clearly says what was concluded in that meeting.

National Security Committee’s statement: No mention of word ‘conspiracy’ in it: DG ISPR

"The words used are in front of you, as I said, the words used are clear. Is there any word such as conspiracy used in it? I think not,” the DG ISPR added.

Meanwhile, during the press briefing, Price, replying to a question regarding former Khan’s stance of blaming the US for his ouster, said, "Our message has been clear and consistent on this. There is no truth whatsoever to the allegations that have been put forward."

Price said that the US supports the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles, including respect for human rights.

"We do not support, whether it’s in Pakistan or anywhere else around the world, one political party over another. We support broader principles, including the rule of law and equal justice under the law."

US sees prosperous Pakistan as essential for interests of both countries: Blinken

Regarding the newly-elected PM Shehbaz Sharif, Price said that the US and Pakistan have a vital relationship, adding that Washington looks forward to continuing that work with Islamabad "to promote peace and prosperity in Pakistan and the broader region."

"And in that spirit, we’ve congratulated Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on his election by the Pakistani Parliament, and we look forward to working with him and his government."

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Saleem Apr 15, 2022 06:28pm
Conspiracy means plotting, scheming or planning something against/for others. ISPR is clear that US was interfering blatantly against Pakistani affairs. Interfering in what? ... It is also accepted that US blatant interfering is regarding IK policy on Russia, Islamic block and raising voice on Islamophobia. Interference was regarding of US plan (that is conspiracy) to ouster IK from power and method they had in mind was 'vote of no confidence' ... It is (few hours) after the letter, opposition moved no-confidence motion and many coalition partner of PTI left. If that was the plan, as mentioned in letter (to ouster IK using VoNC), then it is obvious that US using agents/servants in Pakistani parliament, establishment, bureaucracy and judiciary to do that (and that is conspiracy ... to ouster IK). They (US) knew that IK is too strong politically and would come back if election is held, so to make sure, their agents/servants in parliament, judiciary, bureaucracy, establishment and opposition made sure that to be certain out outcome. country should not go to election and that is what they did. Judiciary went a step ahead that they even interfered with speakers ruling that led to dissolving the parliament and was leading to new election in 3 months. That happened as BIG BROTHER planned (conspired)
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Saleem Apr 15, 2022 06:46pm
It is obviously clearly that IK and Govt did not gave any option (nor he could have). Options are given what is in someone's hand and that someone is willing to accept. Option 1: Dissolving the assembly is the only option IK had Option 2: Vote of no confidence ... was not in IK hand, neither to stop it or let it happen, so IK could not have given this option Option 3: Resignation was also no option ... as IK had that option all the time. Other 2 options depends on situation that IK do not resign. When IK was unwilling to resign, how can he give such option So ... it is obvious that 3 options came from outside, not from IK or Govt.
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