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EditorialBacktracking from cipher plot

Backtracking from cipher plot

The former prime minister Imran Khan has changed his position and absolved the US of any involvement in the plot that resulted in his ouster in April of this year, which should be dubbed the “mother of all U-turns.” As far as I’m concerned, it’s over and behind me, the PTI chairman told the British publication Financial Times. However, he continued by saying that we have been treated like hired guns and that our relationship with the US has been one of master-servant or master slaves. However, I place more blame on my own government than on the US for that. Additionally, he did not justify his disastrous trip to Moscow on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

We should applaud Mr Khan for changing his position from before, but he needs to be reminded of the damage his repeated claims that a cypher was being used as cover for a US-led conspiracy had for the country in general and for him personally in particular. The former prime minister will have to explain why he changed his mind about a foreign plot being the cause of his ouster. When he started the buzz by displaying the cypher paper in March of last year, he was a serving minister. Even the Pakistani Supreme Court was requested to look at the situation by him. Politicians frequently go beyond the pale in internal affairs, but bringing up diplomatic issues, particularly with a superpower like the US, should never again be done. For the time being, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) should present a convincing debunking of the myth that the country descended into disorder. The former prime minister not only involved the army in the nefarious plot involving the national interest, but also the then-opposition. The PTI should acknowledge that the PTI chief’s claims of a US conspiracy, an imported government, and a regime change operation were false and had no basis in reality. All political parties should move past this unpleasant incident and promise to not compromise national interests in order to advance their own internal political agendas.

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