- Vedant Patel, the US department of State Principal Deputy Spokesperson, says that Khalilzad’s remarks are made in his personal capacity and do not reflect the stance of the Biden administration or the US government as a whole.
Washington: US Department of State Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel on Tuesday categorically said that Zalmay Khalilzad’s recent statements regarding the political situation in Pakistan were not representative of the official US foreign policy.
During a press conference in Washington, Patel stated that Khalilzad’s remarks were made in his personal capacity and did not reflect the stance of the Biden administration or the US government as a whole.
Patel stressed that political parties should respect the law and that the US supports democratic and constitutional means for choosing leaders.
It is worth noting that Khalilzad’s recent statements in support of Imran Khan’s stance on holding early elections in Pakistan were met with objections from Pakistan’s Foreign Office and criticism from other PDM leaders who called it interference in the country’s internal affairs.
Earlier, Zalmay Khalilzad had made several tweets.
The Foreign Office had earlier rejected the remarks made by former US Special Representative on Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, and stated that Pakistan did not require any “uninvited guidance.” The Foreign Office representative stated that Pakistan faces its challenges and that the country’s resilience would assist it in emerging stronger from the present difficult situation.