ISLAMABAD: PTI Chairman Imran Khan penned a letter to President Arif Alvi on Saturday, pleading with him to open an investigation into the “threat letter” in which the former prime minister claims to have proof of a “international plot” to destabilise the PTI administration.
In a second letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Umar Ata Bandial, the former prime minister requested an investigation into the threat letter.
Imran Khan wrote to the president, requesting that a public investigation be ordered: “The people of Pakistan look to their president to safeguard them against foreign machinations. I expect you to uphold your end of the bargain.”
“You have in your possession a copy of the cypher sent by the then ambassador of Pakistan to the United States containing a summary of an official meeting held in the Pakistan Embassy between Donald Lu, assistant secretary of state, another US official, and a note taker, and our ambassador, along with a note taker and other diplomats of the mission,” the ex-PM wrote in the letter.
The contents of the cypher, according to the PTI chairman, plainly reveal a regime change plot to depose “PM Imran Khan.”
“This is a serious matter, which led to the removal of my government through an engineered vote of no-confidence in the National Assembly with the shifting of the allegiance of allied parties of his government to the opposition and the purchase of loyalties of some members of PTI,” read the letter.
The cypher, according to the former prime minister, is also the reason why the NA deputy speaker refused to approve a vote of no confidence until the cypher matter had been adequately probed.
“Given the grave nature of this threat to Pakistani democracy posed by an externally-engineered regime change conspiracy, it is incumbent upon you, as head of state and commander in chief of the armed forces, to take action and order a public inquiry into this threat to Pakistan’s democracy and sovereignty,” Imran Khan said.
The letter stated, “Right now, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s quiet and the presidency’s silence are fostering a sense of betrayal and helplessness among the people of Pakistan.”
Imran Khan warned that this would draw people out to protest what they saw as a breach of their democratic right to elect a government for a five-year term via a foreign-engineered regime change plot.