Moscow/Islamabad: Russia has criticized the US for making “another attempt of shameless interference” into the interior affairs of Pakistan and asserted that Prime Minister Imran Khan was paying the value for being ‘disobedient’ to Washington and being punished for visiting Russia in February this 12 months.
Khan met Russian President Vladimir Putin within the Kremlin on February 24, the day the Russian chief had ordered a ‘particular navy operation’ towards Ukraine.
In doing so, he had additionally turn out to be the primary Pakistani premier to go to Russia in 23 years after former premier Nawaz Sharif traveled to Moscow in 1999. On Monday, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova mentioned regardless of stress from the US to cancel his go to to Moscow , Khan went forward along with his journey.
“Immediately after the announcement of the working visit of Imran Khan to Moscow on February 23-24 this year, the Americans and their Western associates began to exert rude pressure on the Prime Minister, demanding an ultimatum to cancel the trip,” Zakharova mentioned in a commentary on the controversy over Khan’s allegation that the US was making an attempt to impact a regime change in Islamabad.
“This is one other try of shameless interference by the US within the inside affairs of an unbiased state for its personal egocentric functions. The above details eloquently testify to this,” Zakharova mentioned.
The US-led West has imposed a collection of crippling sanctions on Russia because it invaded Ukraine and has been urgent different nations to scale back their dependence on Russian oil and different merchandise.
The senior Russian diplomat mentioned that the sequence of occasions left little question that Washington had “decided to punish a disobedient Imran Khan,” which additionally defined why a lot of members from Khan’s ruling coalition determined to change sides and shift their allegiances forward of the April 3 no-trust vote.
Khan, 69, shocked the Opposition on Sunday by recommending snap elections inside three months, minutes after a no-confidence movement towards him was dismissed by the deputy speaker of the National Assembly.
Khan then obtained Pakistan President Arif Alvi to dissolve the 342-member National Assembly. Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the listening to on the deputy speaker’s resolution to reject the no-confidence movement towards the premier, who had misplaced a majority within the decrease home of Parliament.
Khan had named senior US diplomat Donald Lu as the one who was allegedly concerned within the “foreign conspiracy” to oust his authorities by way of a no-confidence vote tabled by the Opposition.
Pakistan’s Opposition leaders have ridiculed Khan’s allegation, and the US has dismissed these claims. Zakharova mentioned Moscow was keenly watching the occasions unfolding in Islamabad over the past three days in addition to the occasions previous it.
In her commentary, she exuded hope that the Pakistani voters can be well-informed about these circumstances after they come to vote within the elections which might be scheduled to be held 90 days after the dissolution of the National Assembly.