Imran Khan Meeting With Former CIA Analyst Raises Eyebrows
ISLAMABAD, (IANS) – Former Prime Minister and Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has claimed repeatedly that the reason behind his ouster from power through a no-confidence motion by the opposition alliance in the parliament was part of a US-led conspiracy of regime change.
Since his ouster, Imran Khan has carried this claim and built up an anti-US narrative, which he has repeatedly slammed for ousting him off power because of his extension of better relations and trade with Moscow during the Russia-Ukraine crisis.
Today, Imran Khan stands as by far the most popular leader in the country’s political arena as hundreds of thousands of his supporters take to the streets every time, he calls upon them to stand with him against what he terms as the current ‘imported government’, brought into power at the behest of the United States regime change conspiracy with an agenda to be “slaves of the US and the West.”
With this narrative, Imran Khan met with the former American diplomat, CIA analyst, and lobbyist Robin Raphel at his residence in Bani Gala in Islamabad. The meeting comes after PTI’s US team decided to hire the services of Robin Raphael’s company to lobby in favor of PTI and create in-rows into the Biden administration to fix its image and relations with Washington, a step taken parallel to the ongoing slamming of the US administration for conspiring against Imran Khan in public rallies and gatherings across Pakistan. It was also revealed that head of PTI USA chapter accompanied Robin Raphel.
The meeting on September 11 comes at a time when Imran Khan has been publicly accusing American diplomat Donald Lu of conspiring against the then government under Khan. Imran Khan waved a letter in a public gathering in Islamabad, claiming that he has letter with details of the conversation between Donald Lu and then Pakistani High Commissioner in the US in which, clear threats are being given of dire consequences if Imran Khan continues to stay in power.
Questions are being raised over the political narrative building of Imran Khan, who on one side, slams the US for conspiring against his government and ousting him off power, and on the other hand, reaches out to a former CIA analyst to lobby for PTI in the US to better relations with the US administration.