Pakistan Reader# 406, 17 November 2022
On 16 November 2022, US State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel when asked to comment on Imran Khan’s apparent “backtracking” on the allegations said, “As we’ve previously said, there has there is not and there has never been a truth to these allegations, but I don’t have anything additional to offer.” The United States has asserted that there had never been any truth to Imran Khan’s allegations of Washington orchestrating a regime change conspiracy to oust his government and reiterated its resolve not to let “misinformation” and “propaganda” come in the way of its bilateral ties with Pakistan.
Since his removal from public office through a no-confidence vote in April Imran has been blaming the US and the incumbent dispensation in Islamabad for colluding and conspiring to overthrow his government. Imran said he no longer “blamed” the US administration for his removal from power and wanted a “dignified” relationship between Washington and Islamabad. He also clarified that the US did not have “a position on one political candidate of a party versus another. Imran said that according to the cypher, the document on which the PTI has based the US-backed regime change narrative, US official Donald Lu told the Pakistani ambassador in Washington that there would be consequences for the South Asian nation unless he was ousted through the no-confidence vote. (“There has never been any truth to Imran’s foreign conspiracy claims: US,” Dawn, 17 November 2022)