Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has called on US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asian Affairs Donald Luke to fire him for “mere arrogance and misconduct,” according to a media report.
Central to Imran Khan’s demands for a US-backed coup plot is Mr Lu, who toppled his government in a no-confidence motion last month.
He accused Mr Luke of threatening former Pakistani ambassador to the US Asad Majid that failing to remove Imran Khan through a no-confidence vote would bring “consequences” for Pakistan and vice versa.
Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), also alleged that the threat was made before the no-confidence motion was tabled and that it was followed by a series of incidents which resulted in his being ousted by local instigators and conspirators. Has claimed conspiracy.
Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper reported that Imran Khan reiterated his demand in an exclusive interview with the CNN program Connect the World on Monday and taunted Donald Luke, calling for his dismissal.
“Imagine telling the ambassador of a country of 220 million people that you will be released from your prime minister,” he said.
Asked why he was so “specific” about their details when he neglected to disclose his claims earlier, the cricketer turned politician, saying he kept the cipher – including details of a meeting between Mr Lou and the Pakistani ambassador – before. Cabinet which was later presented at the National Security Council (NSC) meeting.
Cipher is a coded message sent by the embassy in their country.
Host Becky Anderson slammed Imran Khan and asked him if he had contacted the US President (Joe Biden) or the Secretary of State (Anthony Blinken) about the matter.
Imran Khan did not provide an answer, instead saying that the NSC meeting had decided to issue a demarcation and that a protest had been registered in the United States in Pakistan and Washington.
Asked about Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s position on Pak-US relations and whether Mr Khan believes a good bilateral relationship is in Pakistan’s interest, he replied: “I had a very good relationship with the Trump administration. That is in line with what is happening in Afghanistan, and for some reason – which I do not yet know – they have never contacted me. “
Becky Anderson said the United States had “rejected” the notion that it was involved in a regime change in Pakistan and asked Imran Khan if he “truly” believed in a foreign conspiracy to overthrow his government.
Imran Khan responded that the US embassy had called and met members of the disgruntled party even before the meeting between Lu and the then Pakistani ambassador to the US.
“What were they (US officials) meeting for? They jumped on the ship first and then offered millions of dollars to buy other members of my National Assembly who later jumped on the ship … Why? Is the US embassy interested in our party’s backbenchers?” Khan said.
Citing previous examples of so-called US-backed regime changes in Iran and South American countries, Khan said dissatisfaction with the United States increased when unpopular governments were brought to power. “Unfortunately, yes, America has opposition at the moment,” he added.
Becky Anderson closed the interview with a question on whether Imran Khan would be re-elected as Prime Minister, where he predicted that his party would “become the biggest party in Pakistan’s history because people are so angry and humiliated that these criminals have been framed. “There is anger in Pakistan … there is opposition to America.”
During the interview, Becky Anderson asked the former prime minister about his visit to Russia in line with the Kremlin’s announcement of an invasion of Ukraine, adding that “the optics did not look good and did not look good, did it?”
“The visit was planned long ago and all Pakistani stakeholders were on board. The military wanted Russian hardware, we wanted oil and there was a gas pipeline that was discussed for the last six years before my government came … How did I know that I Landing in Moscow, will President (Vladimir) Putin decide to go to Ukraine? ” Mr. Khan replied.
When asked if he regretted the visit, Imran Khan said he would have regretted it if he had known about the attack in advance and would have chosen to go ahead, according to Dawn of Pakistan.
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