The National Security Committee (NSC) on Friday concluded that based on the input of security agencies as well as Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, no evidence of “foreign conspiracy” to oust former prime minister Imran Khan had been found.
The meeting, however, reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting which was chaired by ousted PM Imran.
The last meeting decided to record formal protest with the US while terming the language used by an American official “undiplomatic” that tantamount to “blatant interference” in the internal matters of Pakistan.
But Friday’s meeting, which was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, concluded that no evidence had been found to back Imran Khan’s claim of a foreign conspiracy.
The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Rana Sanaullah, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar, former Pakistan envoy to US Asad Majeed and senior civil and military officers.
A statement issued by the PM Office said the NSC discussed the telegram received from the Pakistan embassy in Washington.
The former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US briefed the Committee on the context and content of his telegram. The NSC after examining the contents of the communication, reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting.
The NSC was again informed by the premier security agencies that they have found no evidence of any conspiracy.
“Therefore, the NSC after reviewing the contents of the communication, the assessments received, and the conclusions presented by the security agencies, concludes that there has been no foreign conspiracy.”
Former prime minister Imran had claimed that he was ousted from power through a conspiracy hatched by the United States with the connivance of leaders of the then joint opposition earlier this month, when Khan became the first prime minister in the country’s history to be unseated by a parliamentary revolt.