Russian Foreign Ministry: US’ Interference In Pakistan’s Internal Affairs Is Shameful
By News Desk
Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova has given a statement on the recent political upheaval in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan:
On April 3, the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Arif Alvi, on the recommendation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, dissolved the National Assembly (the lower house of parliament). We would like to note that this was preceded by the following events.
Immediately after the announcement of the upcoming working visit of Imran Khan to Moscow on February 23-24 of this year, the Americans and their Western like-minded people began to exert crude pressure on the Prime Minister, ultimately demanding to cancel the trip. When he did come to us, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Donald Lu summoned the Pakistani ambassador to Washington and demanded that the visit be immediately interrupted, which was also rejected.
According to the Pakistani media, on March 7 of this year, in a conversation with Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan, a high-ranking American official (presumably the same Donald Lu) sharply condemned the balanced reaction of the Pakistani leadership to the events in Ukraine and made it clear that partnership relations with the United States are possible only if Imran Khan is removed from power.
Further development of the situation leaves no doubt that the United States decided to punish the “disobedient” Imran Khan: a group of party members of the Prime Minister “suddenly” switched to the opposition and the parliament immediately introduced the application of a vote of no confidence in the head of government, the vote on which was scheduled for April 3.
This is another attempt at unabashed US interference in the internal affairs of an independent state for its own narrow selfish purposes. The above facts speak volumes about this. The Prime Minister of the Pakistan himself has repeatedly stated that the conspiracy against him is sponsored and financed from abroad. We hope that Pakistani voters will be informed of these circumstances when they come to the elections, which are to be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly.