What Includes In the Leaked Cipher Hints?
As reported by a news organization based in the United States, the leaked cipher hints included the verbatim record of a discussion involving Pakistani representative Asad Majeed Khan and officials from the US State Department, among them Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Donald Lu.
In the leaked cipher hints, Lu expressed concern over Imran Khan’s foreign policy stance regarding the Ukraine crisis. The leaked cipher hints suggested that if a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister were successful, the US might overlook his Russia visit as a political decision. The former PM claimed these words indicated a US conspiracy to overthrow his government.
While the authenticity of the leaked cipher hints remains unverified, the US State Department refrained from validating its content, emphasizing that the cable didn’t show any stance on Pakistan’s leadership. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the spokesperson for Pakistan’s Foreign Office, mentioned that the organization refrains from providing statements on purported leaks.
The leaked cipher hints detailed Asad Majeed Khan’s attempts to clarify Pakistan’s position on Ukraine to US officials. It also highlighted the feeling that the US didn’t reciprocate Pakistani support on important matters.
Leaked Cipher Hints’ Timing
The leaked cipher hints’ timing is noteworthy as it coincides with Imran Khan’s imprisonment on graft charges. The source of the leak remains uncertain, with suggestions that it might be linked to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party itself. Only a handful of key officials had access to the confidential document, making the leak’s origin and timing intriguing.
In response, the US State Department emphasized that the allegations of interfering in Pakistan’s leadership decisions were false. Spokesperson Matthew Miller stated that the US government expressed concerns over policy choices, not leadership preferences.
The leaked cipher hints have added complexity to the Pakistani political landscape, and both local and international communities are closely watching the unfolding situation.