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US denies conspiracy to oust PM Khan as FO registers protest over interference

US State Department says “no truth” to allegations leveled by Prime Minister Imran Khan

The US State Department on Thursday rejected the assertion from Prime Minister Imran Khan that the United States was behind a conspiracy to oust him from power.

Speaking with reporters, State Department spokesman Ned Price stated there was “no truth” to the allegations. “We are closely following developments in Pakistan. We respect [and] we support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law,” Price said.

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Meanwhile, White House Director of Communications Kate Bedingfield on Thursday also said that there was “absolutely no truth” to allegations that Washington was collaborating with the opposition in Pakistan to oust Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Moreover, Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) on Thursday called the senior US diplomat to record a protest over interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs.

According to a local news outlet, a senior US diplomat was summoned by Foreign Office regarding a ‘threatening letter’ that warned Islamabad of dire consequences if PM Khan were to continue to remain in power. It threatened that there would be severe repercussions for Pakistan if the opposition’s no-trust motion against the premier failed.

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The Foreign Office also handed over a letter of protest to the US diplomat regarding the language used by a foreign official during a formal communication.

On Thursday, Pakistan had also responded strongly to the ‘country’ for sending a ‘threatening letter’ during the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting and had said that the language was of grave concern.

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