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America wants me out of power, says Imran Khan in address to nation

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Islamabad, Apr 08: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan once again reiterated allegations of US conspiracy and evidence of "treat" letter as part of bid to topple his government.

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Addressing the nation, Imran Khan said "I am upset with the Supreme Court's decision. I was upset because when the Dy Speaker conducted the probe, the SC should have investigated it."

Khan in recent weeks has talked about a 'threat letter' and claimed that it was part of a foreign conspiracy to remove him as he was not acceptable for following an independent foreign policy.

"The US diplomat said that when the vote of no-confidence comes, if Imran Khan loses, then Pakistan "will be forgiven", alleged Imran Khan in his national address to the nation on the eve of no-trust motion against him in the parliament.

He said that he has a great wish that people could see the document but he refused to share it due to national security. But he shares its gist in his own words. Khan repeated his allegations that a US diplomat threatened regime change in Pakistan. He said that during the meeting between the Pakistani ambassador and the US official, the latter complained that "I [Imran Khan] should not have visited [Russia]."

"It is so shameful for the 220 million people of Pakistan that a foreign official is ordering the sitting prime minister of the country through a third person, warning of severe consequences and alluring them of forgiveness if I [Imran Khan] leave the office," he said.

He asked the people to come out and reject the foreign conspiracy to remove the government. "If you are not standing up, no one will come to save you," he said.

Ahead of the no-trust vote, he said he will not accept imported government and called for peaceful street protests on Sunday evening.

Khan, who has effectively lost the majority in the 342-member house, repeated his allegations that a US diplomat threatened regime change in Pakistan. In a landmark 5-0 verdict, a five-member bench headed by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Thursday unanimously struck down the deputy speaker's ruling on the rejection of the no-confidence motion against Khan and ordered restoration of the National Assembly, saying the prime minister's move to dissolve Parliament and call early elections was "unconstitutional".

The court also ordered the speaker of the lower house to call the session of the national assembly on April 9 at 10 am (local time) to organise a no-confidence vote. It ordered the election of the new prime minister if the no-confidence motion succeeded.

The opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to orchestrate the downfall of Prime Minister Khan and already they showed the support of more than the needed strength.

Now Khan faces the possibility of being the first prime minister in Pakistan's history to be voted out in a no-confidence motion.

The cricketer-turned politician came to power in 2018 with promises to create a 'Naya Pakistan' but miserably failed to address the basic problem of keeping the prices of commodities in control. The current term of the National Assembly was to end in August, 2023.

No Pakistani prime minister has ever completed a full five-year term in office.

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