Responding to the National Security Committee’s statement, the former ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Friday said that the NSC’s findings validated its position on the “threat letter”.
“The existence of the letter is a fact and every word of PTI Chairman Imran Khan is true in this regard,” a PTI statement said following the NSC’s high-level huddle.
It said that the statement proved foreign interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan, adding that the decision to lodge a protest with the United States was correct.
The statement called for the formation of a judicial commission as soon as possible to get to the bottom of the controversy and bring facts in front of the nation.
Imran Khan-led PTI also urged the commission to investigate the letter containing details about a meeting of a representative of Pakistan. “Isn’t this true that during the meeting the no-confidence motion [against Imran Khan] and forgiving Pakistan in case Imran Khan was removed were mentioned?”
The previous ruling party urged the commission to investigate the threat given to Pakistan and trace the local characters who are part of the controversy.
The statement demanded investigators look into meetings between ambassadors of a “certain country”, opposition parties (currently in government) and PTI dissenting members.
The PTI also said that the proceedings of the judicial commission must be completely opened. “There is no scope of closed-door or secret proceedings and if conducted in such a manner, will not be accepted,” it added.
The ex-ruling party’s response came hours after the NSC concluded that based on the input of security agencies as well as Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, no evidence of “foreign conspiracy” to oust former prime minister Imran Khan had been found.
The meeting, however, reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting which was chaired by ousted PM Imran.
The last meeting decided to record formal protest with the US while terming the language used by an American official undiplomatic that tantamount to “blatant interference” in the internal matters of Pakistan.
But today’s meeting which was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif concluded that no evidence had been found to back Imran Khan’s claim of a foreign conspiracy.
Former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US briefed the committee on the context and content of his telegram. The NSC after examining the contents of the communication reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting.
The NSC was again informed by the premier security agencies that they have found no evidence of any conspiracy.
“Therefore, the NSC after reviewing the contents of the communication, the assessments received, and the conclusions presented by the security agencies, concludes that there has been no foreign conspiracy.”
Former prime minister Imran had claimed that he was ousted from power through a conspiracy hatched by the US with the connivance of leaders of the then joint opposition earlier this month, when Imran became the first prime minister in the country’s history to be unseated by a parliamentary revolt.
The joint opposition’s no-confidence motion, which required 172 votes in the 342-strong parliament to pass, was supported by 174 lawmakers, shaking the political earth of the country with an unprecedented ouster of the premier and seemingly bringing to an end the protracted crisis.