Tuesday, February 7, 2023

US Rejects Imran Khan’s Claims of “Regime Change.”

Washington, DC – The United States once again rejected former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s allegations of “regime change.” Terming it as propaganda, the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “we won’t let propaganda, misinformation or disinformation get in the way of an important bilateral relationship.”

Answering a volley of questions from Senior Correspondent Jahanzaib Ali, spokesperson Ned Price said, “what we can do is counter disinformation, misinformation with information. And we’ve said many times now, including in this briefing room, that there is no truth to these allegations.”

“We won’t let propaganda, we won’t let misinformation or disinformation get in the way of an important bilateral relationship, including our valued bilateral partnership with Pakistan.”

“We value that longstanding cooperation between the United States and Pakistan.  We’ve always viewed a prosperous and democratic Pakistan as critical to our interests.  That remains unchanged.”

To another question regarding free and fair elections in Pakistan, Ned Price said that elections have not yet been scheduled, but the US supports the peaceful upholding of constitutional and democratic principles not just in Pakistan but around the world.  He added that we discuss these issues with all of our partners around the world.

On the reports of safe havens of terrorist groups emerging in Afghanistan, Ned Price said that the United States and our partners worldwide wouldn’t allow Afghanistan to become a haven for international terrorists who pose a threat to the United States and our partners around the world.

“The Taliban’s actions in sheltering the leader of al-Qaida in Kabul, they fly in the face of the Doha Agreement and their repeated assurances to the world that they would not allow Afghan territory to be used by terrorists to threaten the security of other countries,” he added.
“President Biden has been very clear that we will maintain the capacity to act unilaterally if necessary to address any emergent terrorist threats or concerns when it comes to Afghanistan.”

“Our special representative for Afghanistan, Tom West, recently met with the Taliban in Doha.  They discussed a number of US interests, including counterterrorism, and we’ll continue to engage with the Taliban pragmatically.  And following the sheltering of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the now-deceased leader of al-Qaida, I think it’s fair to say that the Taliban will have to earn the trust of the world, and they’ll only earn that through their own actions,” he concluded.

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Jahanzaib Ali

The writer is a Washington-based journalist and author. He has been covering international politics and foreign policy issues for the last 15 years. He can be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]

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