Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb introduced on Thursday the federal government had determined to type an “independent” inquiry fee to probe the alleged “foreign conspiracy” that former prime minister Imran Khan has been claiming was behind the ouster of his authorities.
The minister informed a press convention in Islamabad that the fee will “fairly decide that the narrative of foreign conspiracy was all drama and the real character behind it was Imran Khan”.
“These allegations are an attempt to cause irreparable damage to the country,” the knowledge minister stated.
Predicting the post-inquiry situation, Aurangzeb stated anybody who levelled such allegations “will be dealt as per the law” in gentle of the choice made by the inquiry fee.
She reiterated that the fee can be impartial and its probe report can be introduced earlier than the general public. “This drama should now end.”
The minister stated the phrases of reference of the inquiry fee can be positioned earlier than the cupboard for approval in its subsequent assembly.
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No one together with Imran Khan would have the ability to increase an objection to the identify of the fee’s head, Aurangzeb added.
She accused the PTI chief and former premier of trying to divert public consideration from the alleged corruption of Farah Khan — an in depth good friend of Imran’s spouse Bushra Bibi.
The minister lambasted Imran, saying the PTI-led authorities facilitated opening of round 34 financial institution accounts between 2018 and 2022, most of them within the identify of Farah. “Rs 870.4 million were transferred into those accounts during the period.”
The PML-N chief went on to say the PTI authorities “sold” Pakistan’s international coverage and invited the wrath of “friendly countries”.
She stated Imran wouldn’t settle for the inquiry fee however “its findings will be accepted by the parliament and people of Pakistan.”
The controversy surrounding the no-confidence movement in opposition to the previous premier Imran Khan took a dramatic flip when the embattled PM brandished a letter at a rally on March 27 — days earlier than his ouster — claiming it contained proof of a “foreign conspiracy” hatched to topple his authorities.
Imran had stored mum concerning the contents of the letter when he first unveiled it however he spilled the beans days later by naming the United States when the exit of his authorities appeared imminent.
Imran’s allegation that the US spearheaded his exit from energy was primarily based on a cable acquired from Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed, through which the envoy had reported a couple of assembly with Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs Donald Lu.
Majeed had reportedly stated that Donald Lu warned that Imran Khan’s continuation in workplace, who was set to face a vote of no confidence, would have repercussions on bilateral relations. The US was stated to be irritated with Imran over his “independent foreign policy” and go to to Moscow.
The Pentagon and the State Department have repeatedly rejected the accusations, saying there was no veracity to it.
The National Security Committee (NSC), which incorporates all providers chiefs in addition to the top of Pakistan’s high intelligence company, took up the matter on March 31 with then premier Imran Khan within the chair. The discussion board determined to challenge a “strong demarche” to a rustic that it didn’t identify over what it termed as “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.
It had additionally termed the interference “unacceptable under any circumstances” and stated the language used within the communique was undiplomatic.
While the discussion board had stopped wanting calling the interference a conspiracy on the time, one other assembly of the NSC was held on April 22 with newly elected premier Shehbaz Sharif within the chair, and which included the identical navy chiefs who attended the March 31 session.
During its second assembly, the NSC assertion stated it “reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting” and explicitly went on so as to add that it discovered no proof of a international conspiracy.
PTI rejects fee
Addressing a press convention later within the day, former info minister Fawad Chaudhry stated the PTI had already rejected the federal government’s fee which “would be tasked with concealing the truth”.
“PTI will only accept an independent judicial commission which will conduct an open hearing of the case,” he demanded.
Chaudhry stated a US defence analyst just lately spoke concerning the circumstances US imposed on Pakistan together with siding with Ukraine and limiting ties with China, including that the brand new authorities was “doing exactly the same”.
Responding to the allegations in opposition to Farah Khan, the ex-minister stated the federal government had not but filed a case in opposition to Farah. “She will herself respond once the cases are filed.”
He additionally castigated the knowledge minister for holding press briefings each day with out furnishing proof.
Calling PM Shehaz ‘crime minister’, Chaudhry stated the vitality disaster was a serious challenge however the authorities had not appointed an vitality minister up to now.
He stated Imran had six public gatherings deliberate from May 6 to May 20, including that the ex-PM would give a name to individuals to march in direction of Islamabad in days to return.