For the first time since Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan accused the United States of supporting a coup against him, the Russian foreign ministry stated that all developments leading up to and following the Pakistani PM’s visit to Russia indicate that the United States has decided to “punish disobedient” Imran Khan for not canceling his February visit to the country.
In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry stated that when Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan was scheduled to visit Moscow (Russia) in February 2022, the United States and its allies exerted pressure on Khan to cancel the trip ahead of the Ukraine war.
The statement goes on to say that the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs summoned Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan and pressured him to cancel the visit, but that the pressure was rejected and Imran Khan went ahead with his plans regardless of the pressure.
“All of a sudden, a number of the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Members of Parliament (MNAs) joined the opposition, and a no-confidence resolution was submitted against him,” according to the media house.
In response to allegations in Pakistani media regarding the threat note, Russia’s foreign ministry stated that this demonstrates that the United States made a “shameful” attempt to interfere in Pakistan’s internal affairs in order to punish “disobedient” Prime Minister Imran Khan.