The US-backed soft coup against Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has succeeded

Washington helped organize a campaign pressuring opposition lawmakers to oust Khan with a no-confidence vote

It's very similar to the US-backed soft coup in Brazil in 2016…
This is important analysis from a brilliant Indian geopolitical analyst and former diplomat: "Regime change pulls Pakistan back into US orbit"

Imran Khan was much too independent for Washington, and improved relations with Russia and Iran, angering the US
This article by a Pakistani scholar explains why the US supported the soft coup against Prime Minister Imran Khan:

He was very close to China, significantly improved relations with Russia & Iran, distanced from Saudi Arabia, & strongly supports Palestine…
In response to a US-backed political coup against Pakistan's elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, huge numbers of people all across the country held massive protests

These are some of the biggest protests in Pakistan's history
The US empire thinks it can overthrow governments anywhere without consequences

But by toppling Pakistan's elected Prime Minister Imran Khan, the US and Pakistani elites unleashed a huge movement

Even the Pakistani military can't hold this back forever
Another factor in the US-backed coup in Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan called for Washington to lift its illegal, murderous sanctions on Iran

He also was very close to China, improved relations with Russia, and refused to normalize apartheid Israel
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan spent years protesting the US so-called "war on terror"

He said Pakistan joining this war was a "self-inflicted wound" and was motivated by money, not the interest of the Pakistani public…

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Khan says he has proof of foreign funding for a regime-change op to reverse his independent foreign policy – especially his alliance with China and Russia…
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This is yet another US-backed coup attempt
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This is clearly a coup attempt in motion…
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