Commission to probe PTI claims about foreign conspiracy

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Marriyum says drama of allegations should come to an end now

Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb announced on Thursday the government had decided to form an “independent” inquiry commission to probe the alleged “foreign conspiracy” that former prime minister Imran Khan has been claiming was behind the ouster of his government.

The minister told a press conference in Islamabad that the commission will “fairly decide that the narrative of foreign conspiracy was all drama and the real character behind it was Imran Khan”.

“These allegations are an attempt to cause irreparable damage to the country,” the information minister said.

Predicting the post-inquiry scenario, Aurangzeb said anyone who levelled such allegations “will be dealt as per the law” in light of the decision made by the inquiry commission.

She reiterated that the commission would be independent and its probe report would be brought before the public. “This drama should now end.”

The minister said the terms of reference of the inquiry commission would be placed before the cabinet for approval in its next meeting.

No one including Imran Khan would be able to raise an objection to the name of the commission’s head, Aurangzeb added.

She accused the PTI chief of attempting to divert public attention from the alleged corruption of Farah Khan, a close friend of Imran’s wife Bushra Bibi.

The minister lambasted Imran, saying the PTI-led government facilitated opening of around 34 bank accounts between 2018 and 2022, most of them in the name of Farah. “Rs 870.4 million were transferred into those accounts during the period.”

The PML-N leader went on to say the PTI government “sold” Pakistan’s foreign policy and invited the wrath of “friendly countries”.

She said Imran would not accept the inquiry commission but “its findings will be accepted by the parliament and people of Pakistan.”

The controversy surrounding the no-confidence motion against the former premier Imran Khan took a dramatic turn when the embattled PM brandished a letter at a rally on March 27 — days before his ouster — claiming it contained evidence of a “foreign conspiracy” hatched to topple his government.

Imran had kept mum about the contents of the letter when he first unveiled it but he spilled the beans days later by naming the United States when the exit of his government appeared imminent.