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We do not support one political party over another: US

05 Apr, 2022
“There is absolutely no truth to the allegations. As you heard from me last week, we support the peaceful upholding of constitutional democratic principles,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price replied to a question during the weekly press briefing in Washington on Monday. Reuters/File
“There is absolutely no truth to the allegations. As you heard from me last week, we support the peaceful upholding of constitutional democratic principles,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price replied to a question during the weekly press briefing in Washington on Monday. Reuters/File

At a time when an apparent foreign conspiracy narrative has reached a crescendo, the United States reiterated that there was “absolutely” no truth to the threat letter allegations which PM Imran Khan had made during March 27 power show.

Such allegations, which were presented as proof by former law minister Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday’s parliament session, prompted National Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri to reject the opposition’s no-confidence motion and termed it against Article 5 of the Constitution. He gave the ruling that the no-trust move was “against the Constitution, law and national sovereignty and is against the rules and business”.

Over the past few weeks, the United States reiterated that there was no truth to allegations pertaining to toppling the PTI-led government. But, as the “cable gate” saga unfolded, the premier and his last cabinet further proved their stance by sharing details of US officials' meeting with the PTI dissidents.

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“There is absolutely no truth to the allegations. As you heard from me last week, we support the peaceful upholding of constitutional democratic principles,” US State Department spokesperson Ned Price replied to a question during the weekly press briefing in Washington on Monday.

“That is the case in Pakistan; it is the case around the world. We do not support one political party over another,” Price said, adding that the US supported the broader principles, the principles of rule of law, of equal justice under the law.

According to experts in Pakistan, the speaker’s ruling has led the country towards a Constitutional crisis. They lamented that yet again the parliamentary matters were being addressed in the court, stressing the importance of the august house and the law.

Many experts were of the view to go with fresh elections as the premier called for such a move and suggested two names for the interim set-up. Furthermore, they are also criticising the former government’s move but they are also questioning the multi-party confab about their decision to hold delayed elections and measures to resolve the lingering issues – including inflation and high commodity prices – which have a direct impact on the public.

It is pertinent to mention that the Supreme Court would issue a “reasonable order” on Tuesday (today) on its suo motu case pertaining to the prevailing political crisis.