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Pakistan News LIVE updates: PM Imran Khan calls for protest against ‘foreign conspiracy’

Facing a tough test of survival in the no-confidence motion, Khan first talked about the ‘foreign conspiracy’ to dislodge his government. At his massive rally in Islamabad on March 27, he waved a letter as proof. On the occasion, he also hinted that former PM and PML(N) supremo Nawaz Sharif was a part of this plot and that he was holding secret meetings in London. After the opposition questioned the authenticity of his claims, Khan showed the ‘secret letter’ to his Cabinet members and allies and gave a gist of the same to select journalists on March 30.

As per reports, the letter referred to by Imran Khan was based on a telegram sent by former Pakistan’s envoy to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, to Islamabad on March 7. The latter, who has been replaced by Ambassador Masood Khan, shared details about his meeting with a senior US official. The 1992 World Cup-winning captain did not specifically name the US but revealed that the official of a country had expressed displeasure with Pakistan’s stance on the Russia-Ukraine war.

It is pertinent to note that Islamabad-based Western diplomats had issued a statement on March 1, urging the PTI-led government to condemn the Russian attack on Ukraine and support the UNGA resolution in this regard. The official of the unnamed country also contended that the decision to visit Russia on the eve of the invasion was Imran Khan’s call and not that of the military establishment. The letter also quoted him as saying, “A vote of confidence is coming and if that succeeds all mistakes of Pakistan will be forgiven, otherwise, Pakistan has to face dire consequences”.

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