PM Imran Khan, in a conversation with his parliamentarians, has revealed that the US official who threatened Pakistan with consequences in case PM Imran Khan was not removed through the no-confidence motion presented by the opposition was Donald Lu, the Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian affairs.
As per details, the regime change operation against the elected government of Pakistan, which was today defeated in parliament, was decided in the National Security Council of the United States, presided over by Joe Biden.
It is mentioned explicitly in officially recorded minutes of the meeting between the U.S. State Department and the Pakistani Embassy that this decision was taken by the United States National Security Council.
How did it all start?
On March 8, the combined opposition of Pakistan, the Pakistan Democratic Movement(PDM) presented the No Confidence Resolution against Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Prime Minister, in a huge public rally on 27 March at Islamabad’s parade ground waved a piece of paper telling the public that a foreign country had threatened Pakistan to remove Imran Khan & that a no-confidence motion by the opposition was related to it. He talked about how a foreign country is using opposition for “regime change”.
Content of the secret meeting
Details entailed by the story suggest that the official who sat with the Pakistani Ambassador to the US warned that consequences will follow if the vote of No Confidence that America is bringing through opposition does not succeed.
The Assistant Secretary of State told the Pakistanis that the problem is PM Imran Khan who visited Russia on the eve of its “special military operation” in Ukraine. He further added that the state of Pakistan did not support Imran Khan’s decision to visit Russia. However, the Prime Minister had met & taken into confidence Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa before he ventured on the Russia visit.
The Pakistani side urged the Americans of continuing the dialogue which they arrogantly refused, citing that the US relations with Pakistan depend on the success of the No-Confidence Motion against PM Imran Khan.
The American side said that Pakistan’s “mistakes will be forgiven” if the No Confidence Motion succeeds, otherwise economic difficulties will follow.
It’s important to note that the No-Trust Motion came the day after the meeting between the Pakistani and US officials.
According to PM Imran Khan, much more undiplomatic and arrogant language was used in the meeting which he has not disclosed.
PM Imran Khan’s Criticism of US Policies
PM Imran Khan has been a long-term critic of US policies in the region. He opposed Pakistan’s participation in the War on Terror which Musharraf joined. Khan describes Pakistan’s participation in this war as a great tragedy, citing the loss of 80 000 lives & billions of dollars.
When the US was carrying out drone attacks in Pakistan, Imran Khan-led rallies against it. Thousands of innocent Pakistanis were murdered in these drone strikes. He exposed the Zardari government that was allowing it, later validated by WikiLeaks.
In a parliament, Prime Minister said, “Terrorist(Altaf Hussain) is sitting in London. Will the UK allow us to kill him with a drone strike? If not, then why did they carry out over 400 strikes in Pakistan? What do they think about us?”
“Instead of appreciating Pakistan’s efforts in the war of terror, they told us to do more,” says Khan.
Last year, after the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Pakistan denied access to its military bases for Biden’s “over the horizon” drone strikes in Afghanistan. Khan in his interview with Axios on HBO was clear about it, stamping the topic with “Absolutely Not!”
EU Envoys Violate Diplomatic Norms
On 1st March, EU envoys published an open letter, “urging” Pakistan to condemn Russia. The letter received widespread backlash from the Pakistanis.
“European Union ambassadors wrote Pakistan a letter to condemn Russia. I ask the European Union ambassadors, have you written the same letter to India?…… Are we your slaves that we will do whatever you tell us to?” Khan reacted to the letter while addressing the crowd.