President Arif Alvi has written to Chief Justice of Pakistan Umar Ata Bandial, seeking formation of a judicial commission for the investigation of the ‘regime change conspiracy’ that former prime minister Imran Khan claims was the reason for the ouster of his government.
In the letter, President Alvi requests that a judicial commission, preferably headed by CJP Bandial himself, should be set up to thoroughly investigate the conspiracy that he believed had transpired.
Alvi’s letter comes two weeks after Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairperson and ousted prime minister Imran Khan also penned a similar letter to the Chief Justice, asking him to investigate the ‘threat letter’ that stands at the heart of ‘lettergate’.
The president also mentioned that the establishment of a judicial commission is in line with past precedents, as there have been many such commissions set up to investigate particular instances, such as the one set up to investigate the 2013 election rigging, or the one established to look into Memogate.
Similarly, he also said that regime change was not an unheard thing, where many countries had their governments toppled through foreign conspiracies that were unearthed only when top-secret official documents became declassified years later.
The president said it was important to investigate this matter thoroughly because the economic crisis and the political polarization was turning Pakistan into a “political powder keg” that could ignite at any moment.
“I am of the strong opinion that even recorded circumstantial evidence can lead the way towards some conclusions,” he said. He referenced the cypher from US Secretary of State Donald Lu, received by Imran Khan, and said that it clearly stated the no-confidence motion and spelled out the consequences of its failure and success.
The president concluded the letter by saying that the nation held the Supreme Court in high regard and expects it to meet the expectations.