Consortium News:ㅤThe US Toppling of Imran Khan

Consortium News:ㅤThe US Toppling of Imran Khan

05-02-24 11:00:00,

The Pakistani leader probably sealed his fate when, at a rally, he berated the West for pressuring him to condemn Russia over Ukraine at a vote in the United Nations, writes Jeffrey Sachs.

Imran Khan livestreaming an address to Pakistan in 2023. (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, YouTube, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0)

By Jeffrey D. Sachs
Common Dreams

A principal instrument of U.S. foreign policy is covert regime change, meaning a secret action by the U.S. government to bring down the government of another country. 

There are strong reasons to believe that U.S. actions led to the removal from power of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan in April 2022, followed by his arrest on trumped-up charges of corruption and espionage, and sentencing this week to 10 years imprisonment on the espionage charge. 

The political objective is to block Pakistan’s most popular politician from returning to power in the elections on Feb. 8. 

The key to covert operations of course is that they are secret and hence deniable by the U.S. government. Even when the evidence comes to light through whistleblowers or leaks, as it very often does, the U.S. government rejects the authenticity of the evidence and the mainstream media generally ignore the story because it contradicts the official narrative.

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