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Imran Khan's Long March 2.0 - Gunshots

by Oui Thu Nov 3rd, 2022 at 02:27:26 PM EST

Grand Popular Support Imran Khan

Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan slightly injured

Punjab police say 7 injured, 1 killed in attack during long march | Dawn News |

In a statement, the Punjab police have confirmed that seven people were injured and a person was killed during the attack on PTI chairman Imran Khan's container during the long march in Wazirabad.

It stated that the deceased has been identified as Muazzam Nawaz.

The statement added that a suspect has been taken into custody from the attack site.

Fake News, Disinformation, Lies Contribute to Complot Theories

Previous diary on political turmoil in Pakistan.

Post US defeat in Afghanistan, ousted by the Taliban, leaving behind the country in a ruined state .. another immense human disaster. The power brokers in Central Asia will be its neighbours: China, Russia, and Turkey. Important nations are Iran, Pakistan and India. All of these states have been outspoken to criticize the foreign policy of both Trump and Biden administrations. Most have been targeted by US economic sanctions. A major shift in alliances is taking place.

Don't trust social media as old pics are spread on the Internet.


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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 11:02:15 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 11:03:05 AM EST

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 11:04:00 AM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 11:05:38 AM EST
The nation has narrowly avoided a grave tragedy thanks to sheer good luck and the quick thinking of one courageous bystander | Dawn News - Editorial |

It is as much the nation's good fortune as it is Mr Khan's that the dastardly attempt on his life failed. He has, according to initial reports, sustained a bullet injury.

Thankfully, being extraordinarily physically fit and active for his age, it appears that he will pull through just fine. We wish him and the others injured in this cowardly attack good health and a quick recovery.

It is also saddening to note the reports of the loss of at least one innocent bystander's life in the Thursday incident.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:07:12 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:31:02 PM EST

Consider that when asked the number of bullets in the pistol, first he said nine ten, then for a moment he looked at the man sitting on the side who said "twenty-six" then it is also saying twenty-six!!!

All of them put their favorite answers in his mouth to show that this is his statement 🖐️🖐️ #Imran_Khan_our_red_line

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:32:16 PM EST
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The brutality! ".. he crossed the 'red lines of religion'."

Khawaja Asif vows to fight against anti-army campaign as defence minister | Oct. 5, 2022 |

Says five senior officers are shortlisted for the appointment of the new army chief

With the ousting of Imran Khan, early general elections were to be held.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:33:50 PM EST
Khawaja Asif slams Imran Khan's rhetoric on army chief's appointment | Geo TV - Oct. 14, 2022 |

The minister slammed Khan for shutting down the accountability commission, along with cases pertaining to Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), Malam Jabba, and Billion Tree Tsunami.

"They are annoyed that the courts are providing relief to the PML-N," the minister said, adding that Khan's wishes have been ruined.

Khawaja said that Imran Khan would have completed five years in power had he not been "incompetent, corrupt, and arrogant".

"Imran Khan loves money, but he will get tired after continuously crying," he said.

Highlighting the sacrifices of the Pakistan Army during the press conference, Khawaja Asif said that 53 soldiers including officers have been martyred in the last three months.

"Soldiers of the armed forces are sacrificing their blood for the country's security," he said.

Berating the former PTI government, Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan's diplomatic ties with the world were affected during Imran Khan's tenure.

Referring to PTI's criticism over the acquittal of PML-N leaders, Khawaja Asif said that the court issued its ruling on merit.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:37:06 PM EST
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A bold game for survival of the state of Pakistan ... future in EurAsia or on the coattails of the Pentagon and CIA intrusion.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 09:37:24 PM EST
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War-related Death, Injury, and Displacement in Afghanistan and Pakistan 2001-2014 | Watson Inst. of Brown Univ. |

The intervention by America in Civil Strife in Afghanistan against the Soviets, the Iraq War and later in Libya and Syria brought millions of AK-47 into a violent war theater and more destruction and deaths. Do US Presidents and U.S. Congress never learn this ugly message? Or is it simply export of American violent gun culture.

Supply of arms to "rebel groups" or "freedom fighters" in Chechnya ... true definition are jihadists who spread terror and chaos, thus the breeding ground for Bin Laden's Al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The involvement of Salafism/Wahhabism in the support and supply of arms to rebel groups across the world

The invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1979 can be considered as ... fears the heavier weapons (Stinger missiles) could end up in the hands of terrorists (Worth,

The war in Afghanistan is undoubtedly a key moment in the emergence of an armed rebellion in the Muslim world. The impact of this conflict quickly exceeded the borders of Afghanistan to extend Pakistan. Since then, the Iraq war, the civil war that engulfed Syria and the armed conflict in the Sahel have helped to increase guerrillas in the Muslim world. This study aims to analyze the role of the Salafi / Wahhabi networks in financing and arming rebel groups.

UNIDIR: The Small Arms Problem in Central Asia: Features and Implications | 2000 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:39:21 PM EST
Terrorism and the Dynamics of Threat Exaggeration | 2005 |

Prepared for presentation at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Washington, DC, September 1-4, 2005.


It has been common to exaggerate and to overreact to foreign threats, something that seems to be continuing with current concerns over international terrorism. This paper assesses threat exaggeration and overreaction from Pearl Harbor to the post-Cold War period and applies that experience to post-9/11 fears of, and policies toward, international terrorism. Alarmism and overreaction can be harmful, particularly economically. And, in the case of terrorism, they can help create the damaging consequences the terrorists seek but are unable to perpetrate on their own. Moreover, stoked by the terrorism industry, many of the forms alarmism has taken verge on hysteria. The United States is hardly likely to be facing an existential threat in the sense that it will be toppled by dramatic acts of terrorist destruction, even extreme ones. The country can, however grimly, readily absorb considerable damage if necessary, and it has outlasted more potent threats in the past. A reasonable policy might be to seek to reduce fears about what may well prove to be quite a limited problem.

The State of Israel, Iraq War provoking America, and FEAR Inc.

Fear Inc: Funding Islamophobia in America | @BooMan - Aug. 27, 2011 |

FEAR creates mental instability which will be exploited by men meaning to do evil.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:44:47 PM EST
OHCHR: "Human suffering, moral blankness and the ties of sentiment" | 08 June 2015 |

The German novelist Gunther Grass died six weeks ago. In his last interview before his death, he told the newspaper El Pais that today,

    "There is war everywhere. We run the risk of committing the same mistakes as before; without realising it, we can slip into a world war."

Many of our most chronic crises -- their human rights abuses and attendant suffering included - still remain unresolved, from the occupied Palestinian Territory, to the deeply-wounded eastern communities of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 

Added to them in recent years, have come fresh disasters like Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Libya and Yemen. 

And it is that accumulation of crises, at rates faster than our collective ability to resolve them - or even the earlier ones - which now, indeed, creates heightened cause for concern.  The horrific abuse of human life, of the inalienable rights of people by Takfiri groups such as Da'esh, Boko Haram and the Shabab organizations, have staggered us all. Dumbfounded us. And certainly require a response from states that is as effective as it is intelligent. 

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:46:43 PM EST
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Chapter 5 Contributions from the Military Counterinsurgency (COIN)
= Literature for the Prevention of Terrorism =

In addition to Van Heutsz's manuals, in drafting the new manual, the Dutch army staff also used the British counterinsurgency manual, which is one the most detailed for this type of warfare. Of the former colonial powers, the British - and to some extent the French - have not given up their colonial military skills and the mindset to carry out counterinsurgency operations. Especially, the counterinsurgencies in the Dhofar province in Oman (1965-1975) and "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland (1969-1998) have given the British first-hand experience. In Dhofar, strategic interests were at stake because Oman's leaders could control the vital oil route of the Strait of Hormuz. The Dhofar campaign was a classical, rural counterinsurgency campaign, while the one in Northern Ireland was a mix of rural and urban fighting. To this day, the most elaborate COIN doctrine remains the one developed by the British military.

An important Lesson Learned has been that unconventional warfare is first of all a method of achieving asymmetry. Asymmetry is a key concept for confronting the adversary not on his own terms. It is often the tactic of the weak. At the strategic level, the opponent using asymmetrical tactics exploits the fears of civilian population, thereby undermining the government, compromising its alliances, and affecting its economy. To achieve this, the opponent uses unconventional warfare techniques at the tactical level to change the course of action in order to prevent the opponent from achieving political objectives. The tactics of unconventional warfare include guerrilla ambushes, hit-and-run attacks, sabotage, terrorism, and psychological warfare. Usually, rebels, terrorists and criminals with small, but well- organized forces or militias tend to adopt such tactics.

He hasn't got a clue about supporting terror groups and paying the heavy price of blow-back.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:51:21 PM EST
Shifting Ties Boost China's Influence in Iranian, Pakistani Ports | Maritime Report - Nov. 22, 2019 |

In the wake of escalating US-Iran tensions in the Persian Gulf, the geopolitical realities of the Asian region are rapidly changing. New strategic alliances are being formed as old partnerships give way.

A good example is the trouble surrounding a three-way transit agreement between Iran, India, and Afghanistan. The deal, signed in May 2016, had promised to open new routes of connection by converting Iran's Chabahar port into a transit hub.

But Tehran has grown increasingly frustrated with New Delhi in recent months over what might be described as a policy of running with the hare and hunting with the hounds in the wake of U.S.-Iran tensions. After crippling unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S., India also shut down oil imports from Iran, leading to warnings that New Delhi's future in Chabahar port might be hurt.

Iran has instead looked to China. Beijing has continued importing oil from Iran, despite the sanctions reimposed by the U.S. last year. Iran has also showed interest in building an LNG pipeline to China along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China's One Belt One Road initiative.

Strategically located on the Gulf of Oman outside the Strait of Hormuz, the Chabahar port provides India direct access to the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Central Asia, bypassing Pakistani territory. It offers an alternative to the Chinese-run Gwadar Port in Pakistan, another regional port that is an essential part of the CPEC. Both bypass the congested pinch point that is the Strait of Hormuz.

By retreating from Afghanistan as a lost military campaign, Trump and Biden seek new avenues to combat the loss of a foothold in Central Asia. Military campaign in Ukraine against Russia is a first stepping stone.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 12:54:47 PM EST
h/t Cat UNHCR voted down a US-led draft decision on Xinjiang

Previous posts:

Biden's 'Multilateralism' Amounts To AmericaFirst!!

A new face, a bit of adjustment in packaging the act.

On Defense and Security, NATO and the EU preemptively complied with the wishes of the new Biden administration ... wishful thinking there will be reciprocity.

EU envoys agree first China sanctions in three decades | Reuters - March 17, 2021 |

The European Union agreed to blacklist Chinese officials for human rights abuses, two diplomats said, the first sanctions against Beijing since an EU arms embargo in 1989 following the Tiananmen Square crackdown.

EU ambassadors approved the travel bans and asset freezes on four Chinese individuals and one entity, whose names will not be made public until formal approval by EU foreign ministers on March 22, as part of a new and wider rights sanctions list.

My earlier diaries ...

After 9/11 and the terror attack on Beijing's Tiananmen Square ...

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 07:15:26 PM EST
Uighur Foreign Fighters: An under-examined Jihadist challenge | ICCT The Hague - Nov. 2017 |

Uighurs, specifically individuals of Turkic decent from China's northwest province of Xinjiang, have become a noticeable part of the constellation of globally active jihadist terror groups. Uighur jihadists first came to the world's attention when the United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001.

While continuing their cooperation with the Taliban under the banner of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), Uighur jihadists have now spread to Southeast Asia and the Middle East. ETIM's members are part of the Turkestan Islamic Party fighting with the Al-Qaeda umbrella group in Syria, but other Uighurs have joined IS in Syria and Iraq, and still others have joined local terror groups in Indonesia.

However, Uighurs are currently underexamined as active participants in jihadist organisations. Publications about Uighurs have been piecemeal - focusing on their struggles against the Chinese government or narrowly describing the specific groups in which Uighurs have been participants.

This Policy Brief explores the scope and scale of Uighur Foreign Fighters (UFF) activity in various locations, its implications and how their participation in global jihadist groups may evolve.

In one of my diaries I linked to a report in Chinese, after studying the Israeli approach and policy towards "terror", China duplicated most of those policies. No further comment needed. Hypocrisy of the Atlanticists.

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by Oui (Oui) on Fri Nov 4th, 2022 at 07:16:21 PM EST
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