NSC says ‘threat letter’ amounts to ‘blatant interference in the internal affairs of the country’

Mar 31, 2022: The National Security Committee (NSC) said on Thursday that a senior official from a foreign country contacting Pakistan’s ambassador was “tantamount to open interference in the country’s internal affairs, which is unacceptable in any case”.

This was stated by Prime Minister Imran Khan in an official press release issued immediately after presiding over the 37th session of the NSC at the Prime Minister’s House today.

The meeting was convened in the light of an alleged threatening letter from a foreign government warning Pakistan of its consequences if the no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran failed. National Security Adviser Moeed Yousuf briefed the committee in a formal meeting on the official contact of a high-ranking official of the foreign country with the Ambassador of Pakistan to the said country, which was formally informed by the Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The statement said that the NSC had expressed grave concern over the communication and termed the language used by the foreign official as non-diplomatic.

The Committee concluded that the communication was tantamount to outright interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan by the country under discussion which was in any case unacceptable.

The meeting was attended by federal ministers of Defence, Energy, Information & Broadcasting, Interior, Finance, Human Rights, Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, National Security Adviser and senior officers.

The participants also endorsed the decision of the Cabinet to take Parliament into confidence through an in-camera briefing of the NSC of Parliament at a special Cabinet meeting chaired by the Prime Minister on March 30, 2022.

The statement said that it decided that Pakistan will issue a strong demarche to the country in question both in Islamabad and in the country’s capital through proper channel in keeping with diplomatic norms.

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