The US government Saturday once again categorically turned down Prime Minister Imran Khan’s allegations regarding its involvement in toppling his government through a no-trust motion, Geo News reported.
Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday addressed the nation and reiterated the stance that he would not tolerate the installation of a “foreign government” in Pakistan and that he would turn to the public for support if such a thing happens.
The PM stated that he would never accept an “imported government” and would look up to the public for their decision.
PM Khan maintained that even before the no-confidence motion was filed against him, the US official had warned the Pakistani ambassador that if Imran Khan manages to save himself from the motion, Pakistan would have to face “severe consequences.”
Criticizing the US official for his arrogance, he said that the official told the ambassador that if Imran Khan is ousted, Pakistan will be spared no matter who takes the charge.
In response to the Prime Minister’s continued allegations against the US government, the state department once again responded to his accusation and ‘bluntly’ rejected the claim of any involvement in changing the regime in Pakistan.
Since PM Khan leveled allegations against the US government to oust him from power, this is the fourth time the US government refuted his accusations.
On March 27, at a Jalsa, the PM accused the US of interfering in Pakistan’s politics and plotting to oust his regime through a no-trust motion in the National Assembly.
As proof, the PM also carried a ‘threat letter’ at the public gathering, saying that a foreign country has warned of dire consequences if he remains in power.
Following the PM’s addressed on April 8 to the nation, during a press briefing the Deputy State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter rejected the allegations.
“Let me just say very bluntly there is absolutely no truth to these allegations,” she said.
Jalina Porter went on to say that the US government supports the constitutional process and rule of law in Pakistan.
“Of course, we continue to follow these developments, and we respect and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and rule of law. But again, these allegations are not true,” she concluded.
What is the ‘threat letter’?
On March 27, the premier, during what PTI labelled as one of its “biggest” rallies in its history at the Parade Ground in Islamabad, flashed a letter before the public, saying that he has “written evidence” that “money has been pouring in from abroad,” while “some of our people are being used to topple the government.”
Following the Opposition’s ruckus on the ‘threat letter’, the PM had called the National Security Committee (NSC) and presented the letter. To this, the NSC expressed concern and a demarche was issued to the US envoy in Pakistan.
Subsequently, based on this ‘threat letter’, the deputy speaker rejected the no-trust motion against the PM and President Arif Alvi dissolved the NA on the PM’s advice. However, this act turned into a deep constitutional crisis.
Supreme Court reinstates National Assembly
On Thursday, in landmark judgement, the Supreme Court of Pakistan restored the National Assembly after it declared the government’s decision to dissolve the assembly and NA Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri’s ruling against the Constitution.
The top court has ordered National Assembly Speaker Asad Qasier to summon the session on Saturday (April 9) no later than 10:30am to allow the vote on the no-confidence motion against the premier.
Following Supreme Court’s order, the National Assembly’s session for voting on the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan will take place at 10:30am today.
In the National Assembly’s (NA) agenda issued Friday, voting on the no-confidence motion is at the fourth position in the six-point agenda.