Pak ambassador details
context and contents of
his telegram to NSC,
no conspiracy involved


ISLAMABAD: The National Security Committee, after reviewing its contents, the assessments and conclusions by the security agencies, Friday concluded that there had been no foreign conspiracy in the telegram received from Pakistan’s embassy in Washington.

Chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the 38th meeting of the NSC of the Cabinet discussed the telegram received from the Pakistan embassy in Washington.

The former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US Asad Majeed Khan briefed the Committee on the context and content of his telegram. “The NSC, after examining the contents of the communication, reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting,” said a PM Office press release.

ISLAMABAD: Civil-military leadership of the country attend the National Security Committee meeting on Friday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The NSC was again informed by the premier security agencies that they had found no evidence of any conspiracy. “Therefore, the NSC after reviewing the contents of the communication, the assessments received, and the conclusions presented by the security agencies, concludes that there has been no foreign conspiracy,” it added.

The meeting was attended by Federal ministers Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Rana Sanaullah, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Ahsan Iqbal, Minister of State Hina Rabbani Khar, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Nadeem Raza, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar, former Pak Ambassador to US Asad Majeed and senior civil & military officers.

On March 27, former Prime Minister Imran Khan, while waving a letter, had told a public gathering that in a meeting with Pakistan’s ambassador, a US government official had threatened Pakistan for repercussions if the no-confidence motion against him failed. However, if Imran Khan is ousted, the United States would forgive all of its wrongdoings.

Citing the very communication, the ex-prime minister had contended that the United States had hatched a regime change conspiracy in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s ambassador Asad Majeed Khan

According to the statement, the NSC examined the “contents of the communication” shared by the ambassador and “reaffirmed the decisions of the last NSC meeting. The NSC was again informed by the premier security agencies that they have found no evidence of any conspiracy,” the statement said, adding that the meeting concluded that “there has been no foreign conspiracy”.

The statement by the NSC comes as former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan has launched a campaign, claiming that his government was ousted by a “foreign conspiracy”. To back his claim, Imran has continuously referred to a cable sent by Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed, which he said contains evidence of the conspiracy to topple his government.

This is the second time in as many months that the NSC has held a meeting to review the contents of the cable sent by Majeed.

In March, the NSC had decided to issue a “strong demarche” to a country, that it did not name, over what it said was “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”. While the forum had stopped short of calling the interference a conspiracy in its last meeting, which was chaired by then-prime minister Imran Khan and included the same services chief who attended today’s meeting, it had explicitly not denied that a conspiracy was hatched.

Last month’s NSC meeting had also termed the interference “unacceptable under any circumstances”.

Earlier this month, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Babar Iftikhar categorically said that the word “conspiracy” was not used in the statement issued after March’s NSC meeting.

“As far as military response about the NSC meeting is considered, that stance, in that meeting was fully given, and then a statement was issued … which clearly says what was concluded in that meeting.

“The words used are in front of you … as I said … the words used are clear. Is there any word such as conspiracy used in it? I think not,” he had said in response to a question asked by a journalist.

The DG ISPR had also said that issuance of demarches was not specific to the hatching of conspiracies but could also be given for other reasons. “In this case, it was given for undiplomatic language and … interference,” he had said.