Yet another U-Turn



July 24, 2022

It has been reliably reported that secretary of Overseas PTI Abdullah Riar has approached US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu and asked him to forget the past and move forward. This so-called past pertains to the hell raised by Imran Khan about the purported instigation of the US conspiracy to oust him from office and Lu was described as the central character behind it. This claim was based on a cable that former Pakistani ambassador in Washington sent detailing the conspiracy in which it was mentioned that Lu did convey the Biden administration’s unhappiness over former PM’s visit to Moscow on the day Russia invaded Ukraine. Apparently Lu added that this unhappiness would continue as long as Imran Khan was in power. It was also during this conversation that Lu inquired about the no-confidence movement against the PTI government. In this context when the US state department was asked to comment on Riar’s contacting Lu the reply was that no comment is offered on private diplomatic contacts. It appears to be yet another U-Turn resorted to by the PTI that is now widely acknowledged to be a master in this rather indelicate field. TW


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