Asserting that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had contacted US Assistant Secretary of State Donald Lu for a reconciliation on Sunday, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif was rebuked by a top PML-N official who said that the PML-N should provide proof for its allegations.
Speaking to a private news outlet, Asif said that the PTI had requested an apology from the US assistant secretary of state, and that the government had acquired documentary proof of this.
The defence minister claimed that the government has access to the material relating to a meeting between a PTI leader and US officials as well as the PTI’s request for a pardon.
The shocking information was made public against a backdrop of former prime minister Imran Khan accusing Donald Lu, a top US diplomat, of using threatening language in a meeting with a Pakistani ambassador while facing a resolution of no-confidence.
The PML-N stalwart declared, “The person chanting anti-US chants in Pakistan is on his knees and begging for an apology from the US.”
Khawaja Asif claimed that in a message sent to US officials, the former premier Imran acknowledged his error and asked that the matter be reopened from the point when he first accused the diplomat of using threatening language and claimed that the US was supporting a “regime change campaign” in Pakistan.
According to Asif, Imran told the envoy that he wanted to resolve differences with the US. He reprimanded Imran, saying that all of his arrogance had vanished because he was now pleading with Lu to settle disputes that had arisen as a result of his harsh statements against Lu and the US.
Imran has been blaming Lu and the US for conspiring against him since he was removed from office by a no-confidence vote. He has also called the powerful stakeholder in the country and the top leadership of the ruling alliance traitors for complying with the US and doing nothing to stop it.