US denies former Pakistan PM Imran Khan's 'foreign conspiracy' claims
- US flatly denied former Pak PM Imran Khan's recent allegations of a 'foreign conspiracy' in Washington to destabilize his administration
- Washington said that there is 'absolutely no truth' to these assertions
- Khan claimed it was because of his independent foreign policy and that money was being channelled from overseas to depose him
The US has flatly denied former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's recent allegations of a "foreign conspiracy" in Washington to destabilize his administration with the support of opposition parties, saying there is "absolutely no truth" to these assertions.
Khan has claimed that the Opposition's no-confidence vote was the product of a "foreign conspiracy" because of his independent foreign policy and that money was being channelled from overseas to depose him.
In a speech to the nation on Friday, the 69-year-old prime minister maintained his claims that a senior US ambassador threatened Pakistan's regime change.
Khan has claimed that Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, was participating in a "foreign conspiracy" to destabilise his government.
In response to a question about Khan's renewed allegations that the US was encouraging a no-confidence vote against his government, deputy state department spokesperson Jalina Porter said in a press conference on Friday, "Let me just say very bluntly, there is absolutely no truth to these allegations."
"Of course, we continue to follow these developments, and we respect and support Pakistan's constitutional process and rule of law. But again, these allegations are absolutely not true," she said.
The US State Department's reply on Friday was the third time it has publicly remarked on Khan's allegations. Previously, Pakistan's Dawn newspaper stated that when the allegation first surfaced in late March, the State Department ignored it.
Ned Price, a State Department spokesman, stated on March 31, "We are closely following developments in Pakistan, and we respect, we support Pakistan's constitutional process and the rule of law. But when it comes to those allegations, there is no truth to them."
Prime Minister Imran Khan initially mentioned a "letter" in a public rally in Islamabad on March 27, claiming that it contained a threat from the US to the Pakistan government.
On April 3, National Assembly Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri dismissed the Opposition's no-confidence vote against Khan based on the letter and the suspected conspiracy scheme. The Supreme Court overturned the deputy speaker's decision on Thursday.
Pakistan's Parliament on Saturday, convened for a critical session to consider a no-confidence motion against the defiant prime minister.
Earlier this month, the US dismissed rumours of a "threat letter" delivered to Pakistan over the country's present political turmoil.
Last week, some Pakistani media outlets reported that the powerful Army had also rejected Khan's remarks accusing America of planning a plot to destabilise his government, claiming that there was no proof of foreign meddling in domestic affairs.