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America responded to Imran Khan's coded comment the very following day.

 America responded to Imran Khan's coded comment the very following day.

America responded to Imran Khan's coded comment the very following day.


The Foreign Office has been informed that there is a lack of understanding in the US capital regarding the speech made by Prime Minister Imran Khan during a public rally in Islamabad on March 27, 2022. Image file for Islamabad: The American Embassy notified the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 28, 2022, that the remarks made by the former prime minister, Imran Khan, about the cypher at the Awami rally were "not being considered well in America."

The United States responded to Imran Khan's comments the following day. Additionally, the app message asked that the Foreign Secretary and Foreign Minister get us access to the document that was being waved and purportedly discussed US meddling in Pakistani politics.

The Foreign Office has been informed that there is a lack of understanding in the US capital regarding the speech made by Prime Minister Imran Khan during a public rally in Islamabad on March 27, 2022. The Foreign Minister and the Foreign Secretary were notified of the US Embassy's request on the same day, March 28, when the top US diplomat contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nonetheless, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi instructed the involved Foreign Office officers to refrain from sharing any documents with third parties. The Pakistani envoy in Washington notified the then-foreign secretary on March 8, 2022, of the meeting on March 7 with the US Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs. The ambassador informed the Foreign Secretary of the delicate nature of the situation and stated that he had forwarded a cypher telegram-formatted document to the Ministry. Copies of the cypher telegraph were forwarded by the Foreign Secretary to all relevant authorities, including the Prime Minister's then-secretary, on the same day.

During the FIA inquiry into the cypher issue, the Foreign Secretary made a statement in which he stated that he was taken aback on March 27, 2022, when he saw Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi giving public speeches on electronic media. are using the letter they received as a political and personal tool, citing it without even taking into account the fact that the state's entire cypher security system and Pakistani embassies abroad's covert communication method are on the line.

Moreover, Imran Khan floated the cipher telegram in public and exaggerated the facts of the cipher telegram in his speech which later benefited the foreign states. On March 28, 2022, I received an internal note from the Additional Secretary (USA) regarding the communication of the US Secretary of State with him, in which he expressed concern over Imran Khan's statements in the public meeting on March 27. .

In sending this note to the Secretary of State, I suggested that it would be prudent to maintain relations with the United States and avoid public resentment. The purpose of the advisory was to secure Pakistan's relationship with an important country and to prevent politics and public debate over classified and privileged communications. Note: This news has been published today in Jang newspaper dated 22 November 2023.


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