British Armed Forces Minister James Heappey on Wednesday refuted the claim that a conspiracy was carried out against former prime minister Imran Khan’s government by any Western country because of his visit to Russia.
He was speaking with media via a video link after a meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad. Heappey is currently on a two-day visit to Pakistan.
He said that whatever is happening in Pakistan is purely the result of its domestic politics. The British minister added that any notion that there was an external interference is outlandish and bizarre.
His remarks came as Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s long march was under way. Party chairman Imran Khan had called for a long march from all over the country to press for an early election in the country.
The visiting minister said that Imran Khan believes that US colluded with local elements to oust his government because of his visit to Moscow in order to strengthen bilateral ties. The allegation has been rejected by the US government.
However, Heappey added that his country had expressed “disappointment” with Imran Khan’s visit to Moscow. He said that the British government had then communicated it to the previous government in Islamabad.
The British minister held important meetings during his stay in Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif earlier.