The US does not support any particular political candidate in Pakistan
WASHINGTON: On Wednesday, the US declared that “propaganda, distortion, and disinformation” will not prevent it from maintaining its “valued” bilateral relationship with Pakistan.
Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel responded to a question about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan retracting his claims about US involvement in his ouster by saying that the US valued its “longstanding cooperation with Pakistan and has always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to US interests.”
US support to the democratic values
He said during the news conference that the US backed the “peaceful upholding of democratic, constitutional, and legal values” rather than taking a stance on one political candidate over another.
Bilateral alliance with Pakistan
Ultimately, he said, “We will not permit propaganda, ignorance, and disinformation to stand in the way of any bilateral relationship, including our cherished bilateral alliance with Pakistan.”
He emphasized that the previous premier’s accusations were unfounded and that he had nothing further to say on the subject.
Imran’s remarks regarding his trip to Russia
When questioned about Imran’s remarks that his trip to Russia on the same day as the invasion of Ukraine was “embarrassing,” the spokesperson stated he had nothing additional to say about the remarks of the foreign minister or the former prime minister Khan.
Rumors regarding the meeting between PTI and the US ambassador in Islamabad
عمران خان کا امریکہ سے معافی مانگنے کہ تیار
In response to rumors about a meeting between the leadership of the PTI and the US ambassador in Islamabad, he remarked, “I don’t have any particular meetings or calls to read out.
Patel emphasized that the US cherished its “longstanding collaboration with Pakistan” and believed that “our interests in the region and the rest of the globe” depended on a prosperous and democratic Pakistan.
Imran’s U-Turn on foreign Conspiracy
The comments follow Imran Khan’s alleged U-turn on his “foreign conspiracy narrative,” in which he claimed that the US had engineered his demise by backing the opposition’s vote of no-confidence in April of this year.
Imran’s willing to engage with Washington
Imran expressed a willingness to engage with Washington in an interview with the Financial Times, stating that while accusing the US of treating Pakistan like a “slave,” he still wants to restore fences.
If re-elected, the former prime minister declared he would no longer “blame” the US and would want a “dignified” relationship.
Imran’s trip to Moscow
He said that the supposed plot, which was refuted by both US President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, was over and behind him. “Everyone, notably the United States,” he continued, “must have excellent connections with the Pakistan I wish to lead.” He also acknowledged that his trip to Moscow in February, which he alleges the US punished him for, was “embarrassing,” but insisted that it had been planned months in advance.