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Khalilzad reacts to accusations, denies being anyone’s agent

Zalmay Khalilzad, the former US representative in Afghanistan, fiercely disputed charges that he was advocating on behalf of any government or individual on Sunday.

In reaction to a comment made by PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari, he emphasized that he was not an agent of any individual or nation.

While expressing his deep concern over the developing issue in Pakistan, Khalilzad explained that in his previous tweet, he was merely advising what steps Pakistan should take to address it.

Khalilzad went on to say that the crisis in Pakistan was tragically deepening, urging Zardari, whom he referred to as “Mr. 10%,” to prioritize his country’s interests and respect Benazir Bhutto’s legacy in order to avert the approaching calamity faced by the people of Pakistan, not the elite.

He observed that individuals such as Zardari would flee to their lavish houses in other countries, while the poor people would bear the brunt of the troubles.

The former US envoy emphasized in a detailed tweet that the Pakistani establishment and political leaders must defend the rule of law and not sow divisions inside the Supreme Court (SC), but rather implement its decisions.

In order to overcome Pakistan’s issues, he urged for a commitment to the ideals of justice and equality.

In response to Khalilzad’s tweet, Shazia Marri, a spokesman for the Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP), accused the former US envoy of further exposing himself by speaking out against Zardari.

She lauded Zardari as a hero, drawing comparisons with the late Benazir Bhutto, and claimed that Khalilzad had ulterior objectives and had previously accused Pakistan of funding terrorism.

Shazia said that all “secrets” had been revealed and connected it to a scheme including the “selection” of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

She claimed that Imran was just interested in causing chaos in Pakistan, and she called for the prosecution of individuals responsible for the country’s instability.

In a recent interview, Zardari said that Khalilzad was a “salaried man” who was being influenced by a lobby to promote Imran and his party, PTI.

Zardari made this statement in response to Khalilzad’s tweet warning against the former premier’s detention.

Khalilzad had warned against Imran’s detention, claiming that successively targeting political figures through incarceration, execution, or assassination was the incorrect method and would only exacerbate the issue.

He proposed two actions to address Pakistan’s growing political and economic crises: conducting legislative elections in June and using the opportunity for the country’s major political parties to identify and address the fundamental causes of the country’s problems.

Khalilzad has stated that whichever party wins the elections will have the people’s mandate to implement the essential measures for stability, security, and prosperity.

However, his statement received a strong reaction from the Foreign Office, which declared that Pakistan did not require unwanted counsel from anyone, expressing confidence in the nation’s ability to overcome the current challenges.

US State Department also stated that Khalilzad’s remarks did not reflect US policy and that he was speaking in his personal capacity.

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