US welcome Pakistan’s NSC statement

US values longstanding cooperation with Pakistan

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WASHINGTON, The United States Friday welcomed a Pakistan’s National Security Committee (NSC)’s statement ruling out foreign conspiracy behind Imran Khan’s ouster from power, saying Islamabad is critical to Washington’s interests.

Responding to a question at the daily news briefing, State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Jalina Porter said, “So, as we have continued to say all along, there’s absolutely no truth to those rumours, so we welcome this statement.

 

“And I would also like to underscore that the United States values our longstanding cooperation with Pakistan and has always viewed a strong, prosperous, and democratic Pakistan as critical to US interests,” she added.

The NSC, in its meeting on Friday, ruled out a foreign conspiracy behind the ouster of the PTI-led government in a setback to ex-PM’s narrative of a “regime change” conspiracy. It is note that Shehbaz Sharif chaired 38th meeting of the National Security Committee of the Cabinet.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Rana Sanaullah, Ms. Marriyum Aurangzeb, Mr Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar, former Pak Ambassador to US Mr Asad Majeed and senior civil & Military Officers.

The NSC discussed the telegram received from the Pakistan embassy in Washington. The former Pakistan’s ambassador to the US briefed the Committee on the context and content of his telegram. The NSC, after examining the contents of the communication, reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting. The NSC was again informed by the premier security agencies that they have found no evidence of any conspiracy. Therefore, the NSC after reviewing the contents of the communication, the assessments received, and the conclusions presented by the security agencies, concludes that there has been no foreign conspiracy.

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