Conspiracy Theory Dismissed – Pakistan Observer

BEING an apolitical platform, the National Security Committee (NSC), in its statement after a crucial meeting on Friday, did not delve into the ongoing PTI propaganda, but it once again strongly rejected the allegations of a foreign-funded plot to oust Imran’s khan government.

Based on Ambassador Asad Majeed’s first-hand briefing as well as investigations by relevant security agencies, the NSC reiterated that the language used by the foreign official in the letter was undiplomatic and blatant interference. in the internal affairs of Pakistan, but a thorough examination of the communication concluded that there was no foreign conspiracy.

The way the issue has been handled over the past month has made Pakistan a laughing stock in the concert of nations and after a categorical clarification from the NSC, it should no longer be exploited by petty political gains.

A false narrative was built around the so-called ‘letter from a foreign government’, which ultimately turned out to be a routine diplomatic cable from the Pakistani ambassador in Washington to cloud the minds of the general public on the reasons for the political change in the country.

The motion of no confidence was simply a matter of the numerical majority of the opposition and the Treasury in the National Assembly and instead of accepting the loss of the majority with sportsmanship, a propaganda campaign was launched to give the impression that the government of Imran Khan was suppressed at the request of the United States.

This is despite the fact that throughout its tenure, the PTI government has done nothing unusual to offend the world’s sole superpower and instead appeased it by toeing its lines on CPEC and Kashmir.

It was also during the reign of the PTI that Pakistan not only helped to deal with the economies of the United States on the Afghan issue, but also provided safe passage during the withdrawal phase.

It is not for the first time that the conspiracy theory is exposed as the NSC in its previous meeting also came to the same conclusion as the allegations of a foreign-funded conspiracy to oust Imran’s government. Khan have not been proven and the ISPR chief executive also reiterated the same position in his briefing a few days later.

There is no doubt that the communication is fact and not fiction as originally believed by the joint opposition at the time and to that extent the PTI position is justified, but it must be realized that nor was it a direct threatening letter from the US government (which is not normally conceivable in the field of diplomacy) nor does its contents confirm the presence of a plot to overthrow the government in Pakistan.

The reaction given by PTI Vice President and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to the NSC’s latest statement is also irrelevant.

He asserted that “our position was reaffirmed that not only was the letter and its contents correct, but also that the release of a letter of protest by the PTI government on the matter in light of the decision of the National Security Committee was the right decision.

“The real dispute is about the connection between the conspiracy and our own ambassador’s internal assessment based on his meeting with a State Department official.

In any case, this is the first time that a diplomatic cable has been politicized on this scale just to gain political ground by a party and its leader in the face of a constitutional process of change and therefore not only Pakistan’s bilateral relations with the United States has been affected, but our diplomats have also expressed concern that their work has been made difficult as the issue has implications for the conduct of smooth diplomacy.

There is also no justification for the formation of a judicial commission to investigate an imaginary conspiracy as demanded by some leaders of the PTI.

Such an investigation might suit the political strategy of the party, which wishes to keep the matter in abeyance until the investigation is completed by the Commission, but it would be a complete waste of time and would amount to further politicizing a matter of policy. foreign affairs, which are handled routinely and discreetly by members of the diplomatic community around the world.

Sharon D. Cole