ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to the Supreme Court (SC) in which he has sought the constitution of a high-powered judicial commission to investigate the lettergate scandal.
Sources said the premier in his reply to the Supreme Court, that is currently hearing the suo motu notice regarding National Assembly (NA) deputy speakers ruling on the no-trust motion, to be submitted by his lawyers had also demanded probe into horse trading and defections by the members of his party, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), to the opposition parties ahead of voting on the no-trust motion in the National Assembly.
Sources said in this connection, the prime minister held consultations with his legal team on Tuesday April 5. In his reply, they added, PM Imran made it clear to the apex court that the National Security Committee (NSC), in its meeting, had admitted that there existed a foreign conspiracy to overthrow the PTI government.
The prime minister alleged in his reply that the country’ s opposition parties, in a bid to overthrow the elected government, had pursued the foreign agenda. It is reminded here that Advocate Naeemul Hassan has also filed an application to the SC, in which he has demanded investigation into the threatening letterwhich the premier had waved before the crowd during the PTIs March 27 rally in Islamabad, and which according to him had been sent by a superpower, in which the latter had threatened Pakistan with dire consequences in the event of non-passage of the no-confidence motion.
Reports citing people familiar with the development said Khan, in his response to the Supreme Court, expected to be submitted by his counsel later today, also sought a probe into horse-trading and defections by the members of his party to the opposition ahead of voting on the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly.
The apex court is currently hearing a suo motu notice regarding the National Assembly deputy speaker’s blocking of the motion.
In this connection, the prime minister held consultations with his legal team on Tuesday.
In his response, Khan made it clear to the court that the National Security Committee (NSC) had acknowledged the existence of a foreign conspiracy to overthrow his government.
The prime minister further claimed the opposition parties, in a bid to overthrow his government, had pursued the foreign agenda.
It merits a mention here that a barrister, Naeem ul-Hassan, has also filed an application to the court, in which he has demanded an investigation into the letter.
Khan accuses the United States of helping his political opponents in their plans to oust him, saying Washington wants him “personally gone” because of his foreign policy stands that favour Russia and China.
Khan was criticised when Pakistan abstained from last month’s UN Security Council resolution to condemn Russia’s war on Ukraine — as well as for his visit to Moscow on February 24, hours after Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine.
Last week, he told a group of foreign journalists that, “the move to oust me is (a) blatant interference in domestic politics by the United States”.
The White House has denied that the United States is seeking to remove Khan from power.