Plot to assassinate Pakistani PM uncovered, minister claims — Analysis

The repomassnews.comes after Imran Khan claimed a foreign nation threatened consequences for Pakistan unless he is “removed”

Pakistani Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced on Friday that the country’s security agencies reported a plot to assassinate Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“After these reports, the prime minister’s security has been beefed up as per the government’s decision,”Chaudhry’s statement, as quoted by Dawn media outlet.

A similar statement was made earlier this week by Faisal Vawda – leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, of which the PM is a member – who said there was a conspiracy developed to assassinate Khan over his refusal to “sell the country.”

Vawda stated that during the March 27 rallies in Islamabad Vawda had repeatedly been told by the PM that bulletproof glass must be placed in front of the dais. But the leader rejected the request. “But as always and as usual, he said my [death]Allah is the only one who knows. Don’t worry about it,”Vawda spoke.

The PTI leader reiterated that along with an upcoming vote of no-confidence, there was a threat on the prime minister’s life and that there have been mentions of an assassination.

The concerns over the potential plot come after Khan claimed that a certain foreign nation, which he tried not to name, had sent a message insisting he needs “to be removed” or else Pakistan will face consequences.

Pakistan PM names ‘foreign power’ that wants him toppled

“America has – oh, not America but a foreign country I can’t name. I mean from a foreign country, we received a message,”He said this in a Thursday televised speech. Khan said that Khan was also a member of the “threatening memo” was sent in an effort to meddle in his country’s political affairs.

The message reportedly came from Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, and included a recording of a senior Washington official suggesting that relations between the two countries would improve if Khan loses the no-confidence vote.

Khan is refusing to accept US pressures and condemn Russia for its sending troops into Ukraine. Pakistan does not have anything to gain from the action. This has however made Khan a target of the US and its allies. They are also upset by India’s refusal to participate in their sanctions against Moscow. 

He is facing a no-confidence vote in addition to mounting international pressures on his position as prime minister. His party also lost its majority at parliament.

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