Russia support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law: Russian MFA

“We hope that Pakistani voters will be informed about these circumstances when they come to the elections,” Russian MFA

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ISLAMABAD, Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maria Zakharova has said that there was an attempt by the US to interfere in the internal affairs of an independent state.

Commenting upon the political developments in Pakistan the other day, she said from facts and reports, it emerged that a conspiracy against the government was inspired and financed from abroad.

She further noted that immediately after the announcement of working visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Moscow on February 23-24, certain countries began to exert pressure demanding cancellation of the trip.

“We hope that Pakistani voters will be informed about these circumstances when they come to the elections,” Russian foreign ministry quoted her official as saying. “According to the Pakistani media, on March 7 this year, in a conversation with Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majid, 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 partnerships with the United States are possible only if Imran Khan is removed from power,” Zakharova said.

The Russian official said that further development of the situation left no doubt that the US “decided to punish the ‘disobedient’ Imran Khan”, noting how lawmakers from within the PTI switched sides to the opposition while the no-confidence vote was submitted to Parliament.

“This is another attempt of shameless US interference in the internal affairs of an independent state for its own selfish purposes. The above facts eloquently testify to this,” Zakharova said.

“The [Pakistan] prime minister himself has repeatedly stated that the conspiracy against him was inspired and financed from abroad. We hope that Pakistani voters will be informed about these circumstances when they come to the elections, which should be held within 90 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly,” she said.

The statement from Russia’s foreign ministry comes after PM Imran named US Assis­tant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Donald Lu as the official who made “threatening remarks” about his regime in a letter, which the premier had brandished during a public rally in Islamabad last month.

Last month, the National Security Committee, which includes all services chiefs, had decided to issue a “strong demarche” over the letter, terming it “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.

Imran has alleged that the no-confidence motion against him is part of the “foreign conspiracy” to oust him from power.

However, the US State Department said claims of a US involvement in the no-trust move against Imran Khan were just allegations without any truth. In a recent interview, Donald Lu, the US diplomat who allegedly made the threat to Pakistan’s ambassador, evaded the question when asked about the regime change in Pakistan.

During the interview, on a question about his conversation with Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington, the interviewer asked: “Imran Khan seems to suggest that you had a conversation with the Pakistani ambassador in the US and told him that if Imran Khan survives the no-confidence motion, Pakistan is in trouble and the US won’t forgive Pakistan. Any response?”

Donald Lu avoided direct reply and said: “We are following developments in Pakistan, and we respect and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law.”

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