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Pakistan lodges protest with US over interference in internal affairs

ISLAMABAD: 01, APRIL, 2022: Pakistan's Foreign Office (FO) late Thursday night summoned a senior US diplomat to lodge protest over interference in Pakistan's internal affairs.
According to sources, a senior US envoy was summoned by Foreign Office over a threatening letter that warned of dire consequences if the opposition s no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan failed.
As per the government, the US official conveyed a threatening message, stating that if the vote of no-confidence did not succeed the country would have to face consequences.
The Foreign Office also handed over a letter of protest to the US diplomat regarding the language used by a foreign official during a formal communication.
The decision to hand over the demarche to the US was taken during the NSC meeting, which was also attended by federal ministers for defence, energy, information, interior, finance, human rights and planning, besides chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, services chiefs, national security adviser and senior officers.
Sources added that the US diplomat was summoned to the Foreign Office (FO) following the directives of the National Security Committee (NSC). The US diplomat has been told that interference in Pakistan s internal affairs is unacceptable.
Sources also said that Pakistan decided to give a strong response to the ‘country’ for sending ‘threatening letter’ following the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting. (04)

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