US State Department Deputy Spokeswoman Jalina Porter said that the United States has welcomed the statement issued by Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC) yesterday in which the committee rejected the impression of a ‘foreign conspiracy’ to overthrow Imran Khan’s government.

The senior US official made the remarks in response to a reporter’s question during a press briefing.

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Jalina Porter says the US values ​​its long-standing cooperation with Pakistan – PC: US Department of State

The journalist was asked that Pakistan’s newly elected Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee, which was attended by senior military and civilian officials. The meeting was about Imran Khan’s allegations against the US government. So the press release we got concluded that there was no foreign conspiracy, how do you see it?

“We welcome this statement,” said Jalina Porter.

The NSC is headed by Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and includes the heads of the Army and ISI. The NSC met yesterday to discuss telegrams received from the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

According to a statement issued by the NSC, former Pakistani ambassador to the US Asad Majeed also briefed the committee on the context and content of his telegram.

The statement said that the NSC was again informed by the top security agencies that they had not found any evidence of any conspiracy. The meeting concluded that no foreign conspiracy had taken place.

However, a statement issued by the NSC also endorsed the decisions taken at the last meeting of the committee. In March, the committee decided to issue a strong demarcation to a country on explicit interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs, which it did not name.

In a press briefing today, Jalina Porter rejected the allegations leveled by Imran Khan and said that there was absolutely no truth in these rumors, therefore we welcome this statement.

“I would also like to point out that the United States values ​​its longstanding cooperation with Pakistan and has always valued a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan in the best interests of the United States,” the senior official added.

Earlier, the US had also agreed with the statement of Pakistan Army spokesman Major General Babar Iftikhar in which he had said that the NSC in its first statement on ‘Cable Gate’ did not use the word ‘conspiracy’ contrary to some political declarations of PTI leaders.

The Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had said that the military’s position on the cable was formulated after a thorough investigation by an intelligence agency.

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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.

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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.

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