The federal government has decided to set up a commission of inquiry to investigate the alleged “foreign conspiracy”, which former prime minister Imran Khan says was behind the overthrow of his government.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Thursday, Federal Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb said the commission would “rightly decide that the foreign conspiracy tale was just a drama and that the real character behind it was Imran Khan”.
“These allegations are an attempt to cause irreparable damage to our country,” she added.
The minister warned that if the commission found the allegations to be false, the people who made them would be dealt with according to law.
The minister added that the commission’s terms of reference would be presented to the cabinet for approval at its next meeting.
The head of the commission would be someone whose credibility could not be challenged by anyone, she added.
Marriyum claimed that the allegations were aimed at covering up the corruption of Farah Khan alias Gogi, a close friend of Imran’s wife, Bushra Bibi.
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The minister added that the PTI-led government had facilitated the opening of around 34 bank accounts between 2018 and 2022, most of them in Farah’s name. “870.4 million rupees were transferred to these accounts during this period.”
The minister maintained that inflation in the country was at an all-time high due to former Prime Minister Imran’s incompetence, inefficiency and looting.
Marriyum argued that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif relieved the people of years of inflation in just two weeks.
“Today, after four years, people are taking advantage of cheap sugar, wheat flour and ghee because today cartels and the mafia are not imposed on them.”
The minister claimed that “economic terrorists” plundered the country for four years and planted “economic landmines” before leaving.
She said brotherly countries including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were forging business partnerships for the development of the country while in the past former Prime Minister Imran asked for help.
Marriyum said the government was also determined to protect freedom of expression, which had become obscure under the previous regime.
A few days ago, former Prime Minister Imran penned letters to Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and President Dr Arif Alvi urging them to investigate the summary of an official meeting held at the Pakistan Embassy. Pakistan with Donald Lu, US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and another US official.
In the letters, Imran said the summary contained evidence that the vote of no confidence – which saw him removed from office on April 9 – was part of a “foreign-funded conspiracy”.