According to the above article:

They showed the letter from a distance. It is very clearly evident [from the letter] that whatever is happening in Pakistan through the no-confidence motion was conveyed on March 7 and [whoever the letter was addressed to] was told that if the vote of no-confidence is successful, Pakistan's problems internationally will be reduced but if Prime Minister Imran Khan survives the no-confidence vote, arm-twisting of Pakistan will be done.


"What they shared with us is that this letter is a conversation between Pakistani officials and officials of another country. According to my understanding, that country is America but the government did not name the country. They did not tell the number of officials or the location of the meeting. They said that Europe and the US are not happy with Pakistan's stance on Russia and Ukraine."

According to the above Urdu vlog of a Pakistani journalist, PM Imran Khan called them to show the portion of an official document of records of a visit of Pakistani officials to a foreign country. During this visit, the Pakistani officials were conveyed a message that -

the administration of the foreign country is not happy with the Pakistani PM's policies, especially regarding Russia. Therefore, the PM has to go. There is a no-confidence motion coming up against him, and if he survives, Pakistan will face a grim future.

While PM Imran Khan was showing the evidence to the journalists, he also told them that, the actual language from the document was derogatory and threatening at the same time which PM cannot reveal because of the Pakistani secrecy act.

The most important part of this incident is, this meeting was held on 7th March when there were no talks of no-confidence from the opposition. This means that this no-confidence motion was arranged by that foreign administration.

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In the above photo, a US embassy official is seen reading out instructions to opposition MPAs.

By the way, this is not the first time this is happening in Pakistan. The foreign powers have a history of actively interfering with Pakistan's internal affairs.

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This is an example of how powerful and rich countries in the West arm twist poorer countries to achieve their own objectives, and the poorer countries have to sacrifice their sovereignty.

How can developing and underdeveloped countries get out of the arm-twisting cycle?

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    I'm sorry but how is this not a crazy conspiracy? So as I understand that article, there supposedly was some covert US plan against the Pakistani government and the evidence for this is a letter which then made it to the very people the plan was supposed to undermine? To be honest, I don't think this is really answerable because we don't know what the alleged plan is or if it's even real.
    – JJJ
    Mar 30, 2022 at 21:00
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    I believe what @FluidCode was misinterpreting was the term “survives” as in “lives through” instead of “retains his position after”, thereby asking the question of why he would be killed. I can’t speak to the “a man so useful for their interests” part of the comment Mar 30, 2022 at 22:54
  • The main question is how can it be proved that he letter was from any foreign country and not fabricated by one of them?
    – user42728
    Mar 31, 2022 at 1:26

1 Answer 1


There is no right to be traded with, or to be liked.

In an interconnected global society, countries trade, people visit, and that makes absolute sovereignty a theoretical notion. We have become used to a world where most nations have relations which go beyond the minimum between sovereign nations, but going beyond that minimum is not a right. In a way, one of the most sovereign nations is the DPRK, and look what it got them.

Look at the EU rule of law controversy, and how Poland was pressured to uphold EU standards by the threat of withholding money with the Polish government considered their due. For that matter, there are international political parties in the EU, and foreigners actually come and campaign in national elections of neighbouring states. The fights about the EU budget are vicious, too. Or look at the new Afghan government, which found that the West wouldn't donate them the same sums the previous government got. This can go the other way, too. When the Somali government helped Germany with an aircraft hijacking incident, they received more aid and other political considerations than other countries in the region, for years afterwards.

So the answer is: there will never be an end to arm-twisting as long as countries want to interact with the international community. That can be more or less polite, and the issues will change as countries get more interconnected.

  • The problem with your answer is that: (1) there is a cartel led by the USA whose interests are similar; (2) this cartel's major ally is India, not Pakistan. Hence, Pakistan is trapped in a position, unlike any other country.
    – user366312
    Mar 31, 2022 at 21:23
  • For example, how are these poor countries going to stop the corrupt politicians from stashing money in the tax havens provided by the cartel?
    – user366312
    Mar 31, 2022 at 21:25
  • @user366312, I don't see it that way. Tax havens are a global problem. And pressure is part of any high-stakes negotiation. One sees that where one is affected. As I see it, Pakistan got away with things that would have gotten other countries sanctioned because of their help in the Afghanistan conflict.
    – o.m.
    Apr 1, 2022 at 4:32
  • I don't see it that way. Tax havens are a global problem. And the pressure is part of any high-stakes negotiation. One sees where one is affected. --- Why are so many politically exposed persons from poorer countries living in exile in the UK and the USA? E.g. Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan?
    – user366312
    Apr 2, 2022 at 7:01
  • As I see it, Pakistan got away with things that would have gotten other countries sanctioned because of their help in the Afghanistan conflict. --- Like what?
    – user366312
    Apr 2, 2022 at 7:01

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