Russia’s Foreign Affairs tag Imran Khan and celebrate diplomatic relations

The Russian Foreign Ministry tagged former Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi as they posted about the anniversary celebration of Pak-Russia diplomatic relations.

On Sunday, the Russian Foreign Ministry released a message with a photo celebrating 74 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Diplomatic relations between the two countries began on May 1, 1948.

“On May 1, 1948, diplomatic relations between our country and Pakistan were established. Today, Russia and Pakistan are major partners in foreign policy. Sergey #Lavrov: Russian-Pakistani relations are constructive and mutually beneficial,” the Russian Foreign Ministry wrote.

Interestingly, they tagged PTI leader and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, PTI leaders Shahbaz Gill and Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari. The ministry did not tag current Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar. The ministry also tagged the government of Pakistan and some other institutions in Pakistan.

It is important to remember that former Prime Minister Imran Khan claims he was ousted for wanting an independent foreign policy for Pakistan. He had visited Russia in February. Imran Khan has become the first Pakistani prime minister to visit Russia after two decades.

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Imran Khan claims he was removed from office following a foreign plot, allegedly by the United States, in collaboration with opposition parties. He claims the reason for his withdrawal from office to want to develop diplomatic and economic relations with Russia.

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s claims that he had received a “threatening letter” had caused a real storm in Pakistan. Addressing the audience at the March 27 PTI rally, Prime Minister Khan said a foreign-funded plot was aimed at overthrowing his government. In addition, he holds up a letter, without disclosing its contents, as proof of the existence of the plot to overthrow his government.

He said the letter said Pakistan would be forgiven if Imran Khan was removed from office.