It was stated during the briefing in the National Security Committee meeting that no evidence of foreign conspiracy was found in ousting Imran Khan’s government.
The 38th meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif. At the meeting, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US Asad Majeed gave a briefing on the alleged threatening post.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, the National Security Committee discussed the telegram received from the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.
According to the statement, the meeting was attended by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State for External Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff General Nadeem Raza and Armed Forces.
The statement said that the National Security Committee reviewed the contents of the letter and ratified the decisions of the last meeting of the committee.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired 38th meeting of the National Security Committee of the Cabinet today.
The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Rana Sanaullah, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mr Ahsan Iqbal, pic.twitter.com/IKtzdJosgw
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A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said that the National Security Committee had been re-informed by the top security agencies that it had found no evidence of conspiracy.
During the meeting, the NSC concluded that there was no foreign conspiracy.
It should be noted that the National Security Committee is the highest liaison forum on security issues in the country, chaired by the Prime Minister, and includes key federal ministers, national security advisers, heads of the armed forces, and senior intelligence officials.
The NSC’s statement comes at a time when the former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran Khan launched a campaign claiming that there was a “foreign conspiracy” behind his removal.
This is the second time in recent months that the forum has convened a meeting to review the contents of the post.
It is interesting to note that the National Security Committee in its statement today ratified the decisions of the last meeting chaired by former Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In March, the NSC decided to issue a “strong diplomatic response” to the “threat letter” to the country concerned, although the forum explicitly refrained from calling it a conspiracy, but did not deny it. And called it a “clear interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs”.
Ever since Imran Khan was ousted by the opposition in the National Assembly through a no-confidence motion, Imran Khan has termed the Shahbaz government as ‘imported’.
The former prime minister said the no-confidence motion against him was part of a foreign conspiracy, claiming that on March 7, a day before the opposition filed a formal no-confidence motion against him, The cable received is proof of this conspiracy.
The issue was first raised by Imran Khan at a public rally on March 27.
It may be recalled that former Prime Minister Imran Khan, while addressing a rally at the Parade Ground in Islamabad on March 27, took out a letter from his pocket and said that the country was trying to change the government with the help of money from abroad. We have been threatened in writing.
He said that today I am suing the nation for the independence of Pakistan, I am not making allegations, the letter I have is proof and I want to say in front of everyone today that no one is doubting Yes, I will invite them to speak off the record and you can see for yourself what kind of talk I am talking about.
He said that he was speaking openly in front of everyone, there are many things on the external conspiracy which will be brought to light in due course, and very soon, the nation wants to know who it is meeting in London. And the characters sitting in Pakistan are running on whose orders.
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However, Prime Minister Imran Khan took a letter out of his pocket on this occasion, waved it in front of the people, and put it back without reading it.
Surprisingly, Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid had expressed ignorance regarding any letter.
A few days later, on April 3, Imran Khan had said that the letter contained details of the Pakistani ambassador’s meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Low, in which a US official allegedly threatened Pakistan.
Asad Majeed had allegedly said in the letter that Donald Lu had warned that Imran Khan’s retention as Prime Minister would have a negative impact on bilateral relations.
Imran Khan asserted that the United States was angry with his “free foreign policy” and his visit to Moscow.
At a party rally in Lahore yesterday, Imran Khan had appealed to the entire nation to be ready for a nationwide movement for “real” freedom and democracy.
He had said that I am calling not only PTI but the whole of Pakistan, you all have to prepare in the streets, cities, and villages, you have to wait for my call when I call you all to Islamabad.