The powerful military in Pakistan has dismissed former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claim that the US plotted to overthrow him in a legislative vote of confidence. Pakistan Miltary Rejects Claim
Khan, 69, who led the 220 million-strong South Asian country for three and a half years, said that Washington was behind his dismissal because he visited Moscow against US advice. The accusation has been refuted by Washington.
On February 24, Khan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the day after Russian forces invaded Ukraine.
Khan originally stopped the no-confidence resolution, claiming that the claimed conspiracy had been backed by the National Security Committee, a group of civil and military authorities.
Major General Babar Iftikhar, the military’s spokesman, disputed that the country’s National Security Committee, a forum of civil and military authorities, had backed the claimed plot.
Pakistan Miltary Rejects Claim
“You can observe whether that sentence contains any word of conspiracy.” “I don’t believe so,” he said at a press conference concerning an NSC statement earlier this month that indicated worry over non-diplomatic language used in a cable about the no-confidence vote from a “foreign country,” widely thought to mean the US.
On Sunday, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament voted in favour of Khan’s removal from office.
Opposition parties and commentators have claimed that the military assisted Khan in winning the 2018 election, which both have disputed, but that backing diminished after a spat over the country’s future intelligence chief late last year.
Fawad Chaudhry, Khan’s former communications minister, has urged for the formation of a judicial committee to investigate the allegations that the US collaborated to destabilize Khan.
Iftikhar refuted Khan’s claim that General Qamar Javed Bajwa, the army chief of staff, had offered to mediate Khan’s impasse with the opposition.
Instead, he alleged, Khan had urged Bajwa to inform the opposition on his behalf that if the no-confidence vote was withdrawn, he would call snap elections.
“[Bajwa] went to the opposition and put this request in front of them, and after a lengthy conversation, they stated they wouldn’t take such a step, and that ‘we will go on as we have planned,'” Iftikhar added.
He further stated that after US-led forces withdrew from Afghanistan last August, the US never sought for military sites in Pakistan. Khan’s party said that the US turned against him after he answered “absolutely not” in a TV interview when asked if he would hand over the bases to the US.
Khan has made the plot charges public in his rallies, where he is calling for hasty elections.
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