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Prime Minister Imran Khan: Pakistan Army denies Prime Minister Imran Khan, says there is no evidence of US involvement in regime change: report

Pakistan’s powerful army has contradicted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments accusing America of conspiring to overthrow his government, saying there was no evidence of interference in the country’s internal affairs, according to a media report.

Prime Minister Khan chaired a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting on March 27 to discuss the issue of a “threatening letter” to remove his government.

A statement issued after the meeting expressed concern over the non-diplomatic language used on the cable, saying it was tantamount to interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

The NSC then decided to make a demarche to the United States.

Khan pushed the narrative that the army’s top leaders endorsed the letter and its ominous context was real.

Later, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Qasim Suri used the statement to block a vote on the no-confidence vote in a development that sparked a constitutional crisis.

However, official sources told The Express Tribune newspaper on Monday that a false impression was being given that the military leadership supports the government’s view.

A source said the Prime Minister could release the minutes of the meeting as the NSC statement was for media use only.

“Are there minutes of the NPC meeting? Have all participants sign the minutes of the meeting,” the source asked.

He said that the minutes of the meeting will only be considered an official document if all participants of the NSC have signed. This indicates that the military leadership did not sign the minutes of the meeting.

The source said the US had not sent a letter to the government and that this was the assessment of Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan after his meeting with US officials.

The source said there was no evidence linking the no-confidence vote to the diplomatic cable that sparked the ongoing political and constitutional crisis.

In a live address to the nation last week, Khan, 69, discussed a “threatening letter” and called it part of a foreign plot to remove it, saying it was unacceptable to pursue an independent foreign policy. He named the US as the country behind the threatening letter, which seemed like a slip of the tongue.

The US State Department has firmly dismissed Prime Minister Khan’s comments about Washington’s role in an alleged “foreign conspiracy” to oust him from power.

America also claimed that it did not send Pakistan a letter on the current political situation in the country as it sought to refute claims of America’s involvement in the no-confidence motion against the Imran Khan-led government.

According to The Express Tribune, Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa’s recent speech was another sign that the military leadership was reluctant to endorse the prime minister’s conspiracy allegations.

The army chief of staff said Pakistan has excellent and long-standing relations with the United States and that the US is Pakistan’s largest export partner.

The powerful Pakistani army, which has ruled the coup-prone country for more than half of its existence for more than 73 years, has so far wielded considerable power in matters of security and foreign policy.

General Baiva’s statement on the conflict between Russia and Ukraine also differed from the attitude of the PTI government.

The army chief not only expressed serious concern about the Russian invasion, but insisted that Russian aggression against a smaller nation could not be tolerated.

This underscores the fact that, according to the report, the military leadership may not be on the same page with the PTI government on certain foreign policy issues.

However, the military leadership is not releasing a statement to clarify whether it supports the foreign-funded conspiracy against Khan, it said.

Moreover, the military has already made it clear that the army was “absolutely not” part of what happened in the National Assembly.

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