A leaked Pakistani government document obtained by The Intercept reveals that the US State Department urged the Pakistani government to remove Prime Minister Imran Khan from power during a March 2022 meeting over his neutrality on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The meeting between the Pakistani ambassador to the US and two State Department officials has been the subject of controversy and speculation in Pakistan, with Khan and his supporters claiming that his removal from power was engineered by the military and its civilian allies at the request of the US. The document, known as a “cypher,” shows that the State Department promised warmer relations if Khan was removed, and isolation if he was not. A no-confidence vote was held in Parliament one month after the meeting, leading to Khan’s removal from power.
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Secret Pakistan Cable Documents U.S. Pressure To Remove Imran Khan
- August 10, 2023
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