Imran Khan demands dismissal of US diplomat over ‘bad manners’

  • Former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's interview comes amid protests from PTI supporters calling for an early general election this year.
Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad.(AFP / File)
Former Pakistan's prime minister Imran Khan gestures during a press conference in Islamabad.(AFP / File)
Published on May 25, 2022 07:01 AM IST
Copy Link

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called for the sacking of US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia, Donald Lu for his "sheer arrogance and bad manners". The ousted PM accused the American diplomat of threatening Pakistan's former ambassador to the US Asad Majeed as he doubled down on his claim of “foreign conspiracy” behind the regime change, Dawn reported citing Khan's interview with CNN.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman alleged that Lu had warned of “consequences” if Pakistan National Assembly fails to remove Imran through a no-confidence vote. Khan also claimed the threat triggered a chain of events that resulted in his ouster and the conspirators joining to launch their conspiracy.

"Imagine telling the ambassador of a country of 220 million people that you get rid of your Prime Minister," Imran Khan said in the 23-minute interview aired on American television show.

Referring to Pakistan foreign minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari's stance on Pak-US relations, Imran Khan said, "I had a perfectly good relationship with the Trump administration. It's only when the Biden administration came, that it coincided with what was happening in Afghanistan and for some reason -- which I still don't know -- they never got in touch with me.

When CNN's Becky Anderson asked Khan if he "genuinely" believed in his foreign conspiracy theory to topple his government, the PTI chairman said that the US embassy was calling and meeting disgruntled PTI members even before the meeting between Lu and Pakistan's then-ambassador to the US. 

“What were they meeting [US officials] for? They were the first ones to jump ship and they were the ones who then offered million dollars each to buy my other MNAs who jumped ship later on,” he added. "Why would the US embassy be interested in our party backbenchers?" 

The former prime minister also defended his Russia visit amid the war on Ukraine, saying the visit was planned long back and all stakeholders in Pakistan were onboard.

"The military wanted Russian hardware, we wanted oil, there was a gas pipeline which was being negotiated for the past six years before my government came in ... how would I have known that the day I land in Moscow, President [Vladimir] Putin would decide to go into Ukraine?"

Khan's interview comes amid protests from PTI supporters calling for an early general election this year.

(With ANI inputs)

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Follow the latest breaking news and developments from India and around the world with Hindustan Times' newsdesk. From politics and policies to the economy and the environment, from local issues to national events and global affairs, we've got you covered.

Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  •  A rescuer stands amid rubbles following the destruction of a heating system plant after a Russian missile attack in Kostyantynivka, in Donetsk region.

    'Massive' missile attack from Belarus, Russia ally not involved in war: Ukraine

    Ukraine said it came under "massive bombardment" Saturday from neighbouring Belarus, a Russian ally not officially involved in the conflict, the day after announcing a retreat from the strategic city of Severodonetsk. Belarus has provided logistic support to Moscow since the February 24 invasion, particularly in the first few weeks, and like Russia has been targeted by Western sanctions -- but is officially not involved in the conflict.

  • People march across the Brooklyn Bridge to protest against gun violence. (File image)

    Biden signs first significant US gun control law in decades

    President Joe Biden on Saturday signed into law the first significant federal bill on gun safety in decades, saying that while it falls short of what's really needed it will "save lives. While this bill doesn't do everything I want, it does include actions I've long called for that are going to save lives," he said at the White House before leaving for major diplomatic summits in Europe.

  • European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles

    Talks to revive Iran nuclear deal to restart within days

    Iran's talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal with the US will restart in the “coming days,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell Fontelles said. The negotiations “have to be finished, three months have passed,” Borrell said. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian reiterated his call to the Biden administration to take a “realistic and fair” approach to help reach an agreement. The US pulling out of the Iran accord has increased tensions between the countries.

  • A Chinese PLA J-16 fighter jet flies in an undisclosed location. (AP/FILE)

    China scrambles air, ground forces to monitor US recon plane over Taiwan Strait

    China deployed “aerial and ground forces” to monitor an US P-8A Poseidon reconnaissance aircraft, which flew over the Taiwan Strait on Friday in the backdrop of large scale Chinese armed forces' military drills around the self-ruled island of Taiwan earlier this week. The US Navy's reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Taiwan Strait on Friday in what the US Indo-Pacific Command described as a demonstration of the US's “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”.

  • Prabhmeet Sarkaria (right) after being appointed to the Ontario Cabinet on Friday, but with an expanded mandate. (Prabhmeet Sarkaria/Twitter))

    2 Indo-Canadians get key portfolios in new Cabinet of Ontario province

    When Ontario's Conservative Party premier Doug Ford was first given the mandate to lead Canada's most populous province, he did not have a single Indo-Canadian minister, though he rectified that omission later. Beginning the second term as premier, Ford appointed two Indo-Canadians to significant portfolios. Sarkaria, who represents the riding (as constituencies are called in Canada) of Brampton South, tweeted, “I'm truly honoured and grateful to be chosen for this important role.”

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Saturday, June 25, 2022