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British govt distances itself from Foreign Office Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith after his tweet in support of Imran Khan UK Govt | Imran Khan
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British govt distances itself from Foreign Office Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith after his tweet in support of Imran Khan

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 13 Apr 2022, 06:21 pm

Islamabad: The British government has distanced itself from Foreign Office Minister Lord Zac Goldsmith after he tweeted in support of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Geo News reported quoting British media that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office has slapped down Foreign Office Minister Lord Goldsmith after he intervened in Pakistani politics over the ousting of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s prime minister through a vote of no-confidence.

Downing Street was asked whether Lord Goldsmith, who is Foreign Office Minister for the Pacific and the International Environment, was speaking on behalf of the government, the Pakistani media outlet reported.

A spokesperson told the Pakistani media: “With regard to Pakistan, we respect Pakistan’s democratic system and we would not get into its domestic political affairs. We have longstanding ties with Pakistan and are monitoring developments.”

The 10 Downing Street spokesperson was unable to say whether Lord Goldsmith would be told to take down his tweet or make clear it was issued in a personal capacity.

Zac Goldsmith's elder sister Jemima Goldsmith was once married to Khan.

Zac Goldsmith tweeted: "Sad to see last night’s events in Pakistan. Imran Khan is a good and decent man, one of the least corruptible politicians on the world stage. I have no doubt he will be returned with a big majority in the upcoming elections."

Khan was ousted from power after a no-trust motion against him in the country's National Assembly recently.

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