ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Imran Khan on Saturday urged the Supreme Court to hold an open hearing of the matter involving a “diplomatic cable” containing a threat to his government from the US.
Addressing his first press conference after being removed from the prime ministership, Imran Khan claimed he was right all along and the National Security Committee’s (NSC) latest statement proves that there was a conspiracy against him.
He said the NSC meeting — with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the chair — endorsed the cable was genuine and that Pakistan’s ex-ambassador to the US held a meeting with American official Donald Lu, where the latter used undiplomatic language.
“I will go a step forward and say that he was arrogant […] the Joe Biden administration official told our ambassador that Imran Khan will have to be removed through a no-confidence motion,” the PTI chairman said, adding that the meeting took place before the no-trust motion was filed.
Reiterating his claim, Khan said the US official told Pakistan’s ambassador that everything would be forgiven for Islamabad if he was removed from office.
Khan said following this meeting, the PTI allies started “realising” that the country’s situation was not ideal and that the then-government needed to be removed from power.
“But let me tell you, our economic situation was very good […] our exports, remittances, tax collection, agricultural output, and the price of agricultural products were all historic,” he said.
This has also been confirmed — after the new NSC statement — that the political heads and some of our allies were unaware that they were part of a foreign conspiracy, the PTI chairman said.
Khan said although some people here were unaware of the “conspiracy”, the person sitting in London, PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif, his brother Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari were all part of it.
“They were all hand-in-hand in this conspiracy,” he said.
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