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US-Pakistan Relations on a Cliff Edge

by Oui Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 01:51:07 PM EST

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.

US-China tensions have created a schism in Pakistan's strategic thinking. Its decision to skip President Biden's Democracy Summit followed by the offer to be a bridge between the US and China signals Pakistan's desire to be in both camps but also its uncertainty about Washington's response.

A new US ambassador is expected in Pakistan soon, and arriving as he will after his Senate hearing, may bring some clarity to Islamabad's perceptions of US policies and help its own policy choices.

Even though the US-Pakistan relationship is more than six decades old, neither side has a well-defined view of the other and its policies. They have thrice engaged with each other, each time prompted by Washington's short-term need for Islamabad's cooperation to serve its critical security and strategic interests, and Pakistan's long-term need for US economic support and strategic patronage.

[Source: At a crossroads by Touqir Hussain - Jan 29, 2022]

Abdur Rehman Sharf

    We reject and condemn in strongest possible terms the highly irresponsible and demeaning tone of da comments about #Pakistan by Ambassador-Designate #DonaldBlome before the #USSenate Foreign Relations Committee. #US must know that Pakistan 🇵🇰 is not a US colony so US needs to mind it's language.

Under Biden, Pakistan and the US face a dilemma about the breadth of their relationship | Brookings Inst. - Apr 12, 2021 |

Pakistan says it wants to co-exist with its neighbors and wants a peaceful outcome in Afghanistan. It seeks a potential détente with India: In February, the two agreed to honor a 2003 ceasefire agreement along the Line of Control in Kashmir, and there might be more in the offing on a rapprochement. In a recent speech in Islamabad, Pakistan's chief of army staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, notably said: "We feel that it is time to bury the past and move forward."

Pakistan also wants a more broad-based relationship with the U.S., one that goes beyond strategic concerns and the war in Afghanistan. It is conveying openness to the West, with its leadership stating that the country's economic fortunes are not wedded to China -- and the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a flagship project of China's Belt and Road Initiative -- alone.

Pakistan wants to bring together US and China to avoid 'Cold War-like' situation: PM Imran | Feb 8, 2022 |

Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan wanted to play the role of bringing together the United States and China because "another Cold War" would not benefit anyone.

He expressed these views during an interview with China Global Television Network that was filmed during his recent trip to Beijing to attend the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Post Afghanistan, US-Pakistan relations stand on the edge of a precipice

As far back as the 1950s, the interests of the US-Pakistan relationship were only partially served when `each side used the other to advance its own agenda that impacted negatively on other's interests' writes Tauqir Hussain, a former Pakistani diplomat. Consequently, every time the United States' immediate needs were met, Pakistan was jettisoned. This occurred most notably after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan in 1989 when the United States imposed nuclear-related sanctions on Pakistan.

Now, the Biden administration has noticeably turned away from Pakistan again. Washington has chosen to remain barely on talking terms with Islamabad since withdrawing from Afghanistan last summer.

The United States continues to blame Pakistan's military for supporting non-state actors, including the Taliban. And yet every American dignitary visiting Pakistan makes a beeline to pay a courtesy call on the chief of army staff and only meets the civilian leadership as a formality. While this may indicate that the United States courts those who deliver for their agenda, it has the effect of downplaying the civilian leadership in the face of the military's domineering presence in Pakistan.

A sizeable number of US policy makers are revisiting the United States' relations with Pakistan. Both Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley assured Congress that the administration is looking at the role Pakistan played during the past years and what role the United States would want it to play in the future. Twenty-two Republican lawmakers have proposed a bill in Congress that includes an assessment of support by the government of Pakistan for the Taliban between 2001 and 2020.

Wendy Sherman, the deputy secretary of state and the highest placed US official to visit Pakistan since Biden took over, made it all plain in October 2021. Departing from Mumbai for Pakistan, in an answer to a journalist's question, she said `we don't see ourselves building our broad relationship with Pakistan and we have no interest in returning to the days of a hyphenated India, Pakistan'. She added that her trip to Pakistan was aimed at accomplishing a `specific and narrow purpose' -- referring to Afghanistan.

There is a near unanimous view in Pakistan that instead of owning up to its own flawed policy and botched execution of the Afghan campaign, the United States finds it convenient to scapegoat Pakistan. US policy still looks at Pakistan through an Afghan prism and wants Pakistan for a specific purpose of over the horizon counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Pakistan seeks broad based relations focusing on geo-economics.

President Obama discarded the advice on Afghanistan from special envoy Richard Holbrooke in 2009 ...

U.S. Policy in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Richard C. Holbrooke | CFR - Dec 15, 2009 |

The United State will repeats its failure as it white hashes its own faults and always is looking for a scapegoat ... the personality of a bully and narcissist. No difference whether a Democrat or a Republican in the White House.

9% in U.S. Say Fewer or No Troops in Afghanistan; 8% Say No Change | by fairleft - Oct 23rd, 2009 |

Meanwhile back home MAGA continues ...

Islamist Jihad and Taliban Throw Out US and NATO

As defeat looms, Mr Khan has made it clear he will not go gentle into the night. Determined to turn his ouster -- if he remains unable to prevent it -- into a moment of political martyrdom, Mr Khan has built up a combative narrative, melding religious beliefs with nationalistic fervour. He has framed his troubles as the result of an international conspiracy abetted by local actors, accusing PTI dissidents and opposition leaders of being `traitors' for their alleged complicity in the plot.

New Elections Called In Pakistan

Every person willing to become president of an extremely violent and divided state like Pakistan is fully aware he meets an untimely death either by heli or aircraft 'accident’, an exploding device or assassination. Those who manage to escape with their lives will certainly face a charge of treason. American intelligence can just lean back and bide some time …

The remarkable case of the triple agent and the bombing Khost, Afghanistan

8th Victim at FOB Chapman, Jordanian CIA asset … | @BooMan by Oui - Jan 4, 2010 |

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1 Apr 2022 broadcast

The long view is: Whatever. Perpetual "regime change" disables Pakistans participation in int'l nation-building. The question left unanswered is superficial prop twist in the latest performance of "structural adjustments" to democracy worldwide and self-determination: Who is "Captain" Khan's understudy? ISI has always manipulated the PM, president scenery; ISI is not NATO-friendly; "The disruption in Pakistan-Ukraine relations caused by the war is yet another factor spurring Pakistan's intention to rely on China for military equipment and development" [15 Mar]; and Pakistan is broke. [1 Apr]

The SBP announced that its foreign exchange reserves dropped to $12.047bn during the week ended on March 25 due to a major repayment of Chinese loans while the rest was regular debt servicing. "This decline reflects repayment of external debt including a major syndicated loan facility from China," said the SBP.
"The rollover of this syndicated facility is being processed and is expected shortly," said the SBP, adding that the amount is expected to come back in the reserves after completion of the rollover process.
The SBP reserves have been falling since August 2021 despite $2bn inflows from IMF and sukuk proceeds. The foreign exchange reserves of the SBP have fallen by $8.026bn to $12.047bn from $20.073bn in August 2021. It was the lowest since October 2020.
Pakistan borrowed heavily from China during the last three years to meet its foreign obligations while the previous debts of the Paris Club and other financial institutions have already burdened the economy. The increasing growth in imports created a wide trade deficit which ultimately resulted in over a $12bn current account deficit, so far, in FY22.
The country's overall reserves fell to $18.554bn while the holdings of the commercial banks were $6.507bn during the week.
parity watch
PKR:USD, 1:0.005
PKR:EUR, 1:0.004
PKR:RMB, 1:0.03
PKR:RUB, 1:0.46
by Cat on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 03:45:10 PM EST
Never forget how many times the PM "snap election" option has saved so many Crowns in Parliament from parliamentary "opposition". That thars an English law legacy of ahem "popular vote" for ya.

The Cradle | Imran Khan takes on America, 2 Mar, not really

the Pakistani opposition had mistakenly believed that as soon as they showed their required numerical majority in the parliament, the prime minister would either step down or resign.
Like Cameron? < wipes tears > May, or BoJo? OSF is short PK "native" SCL Group, Pegasus material
Opposition members boycotted the [National Security Committee (NSC)] meeting, but participants took a unanimous decision to reprimand the United States for its actions and ensure that Pakistan would not allow US authorities off the hook so easily. Subsequently, the Foreign Office called the acting US ambassador and reprimanded him - none of which could have conceivably been done on the pretext of a false letter.

What's in the letter?

WHO CARES? Elections are for counting opposition hit wickets!
Most Pakistanis do not care about US sanctions any longer, especially as they watch other nations circumvent them with new allies. The public mood and sentiment is to dismiss sanctions threats, recognizing that there will be consequences from the Pakistani side which could lead to the expulsion of American diktats from the Af-Pak-Iran region.

Khan's narrative about US interference has gained heavy momentum in the past week. The storyline is one of two sides butting heads at a critical juncture in the country's history: on one side, an Indo-US alliance, corrupt Pakistani opposition parties, the country's corporate media, and a handful of western-styled liberals. On the other side, a legally elected, popular and feisty prime minister, supported by the Russo-China alliance [!] and an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis.

needs moar Project Syndicate offices
archived KEY WORD prorogation and snap election 2019, The new EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill: What's changed? 2019
by Cat on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 10:00:47 PM EST
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WHO CARES? Elections are for counting opposition hit wickets!

Cricket fans are turning up in the most unexpected places.

In a proper "Westminster" system, nothing is unconstitutional because there is no constitution. Pakistan has cheated, having a written document, but there are unresolved issues, which the Supreme Court will, or will not, rule on :

The most significant decision before the Supreme Court is whether Suri, the deputy speaker, had the constitutional authority to throw out the no-confidence vote, according to constitutional lawyer Ali Zafar.

Zafar told The Associated Press that the court also has to decide whether it even has the authority to rule on this matter. Khan's party insists actions of a parliament speaker are privileged and cannot be challenged in court.

If the court rules the deputy speaker was out of line, the parliament will reconvene and hold the no-confidence vote on Khan, legal experts say. If the court upholds the latest actions, Pakistan is heading into early elections.

In the final analysis, it's likely the electors will decide. (Or the army. Place your bets.)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 01:59:44 PM EST
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It is a little known fact, based on observations my opinion is, cricket is passive sport devised to entertain the least flaccid among torpid spectators counting stationary sticks; a passtime more inervating than either the longest inning or longest game in the history of US American baseball.

I am not a "fan." I need not consult MSM petty reportage nor "like" a topic in order to collect the information needed, especially in this case, in order to construct an analogy relating particpants' rules and objectives in any one domain of competition. Rules and objectives, if any, form the basis of my personal conduct and value judgments of others' conduct.

Second, I only need to find online a reference to Generally Accepted Cricket Principles (GACP) and therein a rule in that domain of knowledge conforming "Captain" Khan's strategy to defeat his opponents in another, Majlis-e-Shoora (parliament): simply put, to exercise a statuory authority to advise relevant cabinet members, the speaker (to prorogate the corrent session in lieu of a no-confidence resolution) and the the president (to dissolve the National Assembly), thereby obviating an array of defective members who have affected solidarity among themselves as with disaffection for a government manqué (read: PM) who they, not the polity, duly elected to represent Pakistan's head of state in Majlis-e-Shoora.

Given this form of consistitutional government (proscribing hierchical powers of its parts), a no-confidence measure against the PM is an affront to the president elected by common "democrats", until further notice. Whom the National Assembly could and did not prepare to consult, but Khan did. To thwart the personal aspirations of his rivals, he moved their "no-confidence vote" to public polls in order to test if theoretical strengths, weaknesses, and objectives of each opposition member indeed vindicates or deposes the "government" agenda he represents. So science-y.

The general election should occur in sixty (60) days. Result should be published no later than fourteen (14) days there after.

The Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Ch 3, § 90-91, 94-95
Ch 2, §54 prorogation
Ch 2, §58 dissolution
Ch 2, §63A defection
Ch 1, § 41-19, president
Ch 2, § 224, 224A election and by-election

by Cat on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 12:14:44 AM EST
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DAWN | Set to decide on deputy speaker's ruling today, SC adjourns hearing till tomorrow, 4 Apr
The Supreme Court adjourned on Monday its hearing on the legality of the current situation in the country following the dismissal of a no-confidence motion against [PM] Imran Khan by National Assembly (NA) Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri and the subsequent dissolution of the [National Assembly] by President Arif Alvi on the prime minister's advice
Art. 5    Loyalty to State and obedience to Constitution and law.
(1) Loyalty to the State is the basic duty of every citizen.
(2) Obedience to the Constitution and law is the  [inviolable]10 obligation of every citizen wherever he may be and of every other person for the time being within Pakistan.
After a brief hearing on Sunday, a written order was issued which said the court would like to "examine whether such an action (dismissal of the no-trust motion on the basis of Article 5) is protected by the ouster (removal from the court's jurisdiction) contained in Article 69 of the Constitution." Article 69 of the Constitution essentially restricts the court's jurisdiction to exercise authority on a member or officer of parliament with respect to the functions of regulating parliamentary proceedings or conducting business.
At the outset of the [Assembly's last] session, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf's (PTI's) Fawad Chaudhry took the floor and referred to the clause, reiterating the [PM]'s earlier claims that a foreign conspiracy was behind the move to oust the government.

"On March 7, our official ambassador was invited to a meeting attended by the representatives of other countries. The meeting was told that a motion against PM Imran was being presented," he said, noting that this occurred a day before the opposition formally filed the no-trust move.

"We were told that relations with Pakistan were dependent on the success of the no-confidence motion. We were told that if the motion fails, then Pakistan's path would be very difficult. This is an operation for a regime change by a foreign government," he alleged.

by Cat on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 04:10:51 AM EST
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The whole business about the no-confidence motion filed on 8 March, the no-trust motion against the Speaker, dismissed by his deputy, on clearly spurious grounds, followed by the dissolution of the National Assembly by the President, reminds me of the dismissal of Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

From memory : Whitlam did not have a clear governing majority; the Governor General, Kerr, chosen by Whitlam (?) but in cahoots with the opposition, decided to dismiss Whitlam and call new elections. Whitlam could have dismissed Kerr, if he had known what was coming.

In the current case in Pakistan, my guess is that the dissolution, once pronounced by the President, makes the other points moot.
But perhaps that depends on who controls the Supreme Court.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 09:01:18 AM EST
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A few first principles
litigation of the PM Johnson's controversial prorogation preceding the snap election in Dec 2019, notwithstanding the Labour Party's October conference strategy ("It's A Trap!").
by Cat on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 01:13:49 PM EST
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The dismissal of the Whitlam Government by Governor-General Sir John Kerr was perhaps the most dramatic and controversial event in Australia's constitutional and political history. The events themselves have long been contested.

The dismissal: 45th anniversary

The release in July 2020 of the Palace Letters--correspondence between Governor-General Kerr and Buckingham Palace--and other archival material has provided fresh insight into these events.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 01:58:25 PM EST
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Pakistan's PM blocks no-confidence vote, calls early election

Pakistan is on the brink of a constitutional crisis and the prime minister, Imran Khan, is facing accusations of treason after he dissolved parliament and called fresh elections in order to block a no-confidence vote that was expected to remove him from power.

The former superstar cricketer turned politician stunned the country after he took the dramatic action of dissolving the legislature prior to a parliamentary vote that could have stripped him of his prime ministership.

Khan has alleged that the no-confidence vote was a "foreign conspiracy", citing an alleged "threat letter" from the US about his removal. The US has denied any involvement.

Khan instructed the deputy speaker of the house, a close ally, to suspend the vote and asked the president to dissolve parliament on Sunday morning, hours before the vote was due to take place. In his address, soon after the session was adjourned, Khan said: "I congratulate the nation, a foreign conspiracy against the government has been defeated."

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 04:14:54 PM EST
Exactly no one employed by BREXIT survivor Guardian knows what is a "constitutional crisis."
by Cat on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 05:44:52 PM EST
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A personal interpretation: Khan, having lost the support of the US and of the military, and of a couple of parties which contributed to his parliamentary majority, is taking a gamble by appealing "over their heads" to the electors.

Whether it's unconstitutional I have no idea, perhaps you can illuminate us?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Apr 3rd, 2022 at 06:41:39 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 09:39:40 PM EST

Set to decide on deputy speaker's ruling today, SC adjourns hearing till tomorrow

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 09:40:21 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 09:41:11 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 09:45:30 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 4th, 2022 at 10:37:44 PM EST
Leader of the opposition Shehbaz Sharif accused Imran of "high treason" for stonewalling the no-confidence vote.
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said the move was "unconstitutional" and tantamount to manipulating the laws.

"Immediately after the announcement of the working visit of Imran Khan to Moscow on February 23-24 this year, the Americans and their Western associates began to exert rude pressure on the prime minister, demanding an ultimatum to cancel the trip," she said.

"When he nevertheless came to us, [Lu] called the Pakistani ambassador in Washington and demanded that the visit be immediately interrupted, which was also rejected," she stated.

"According to the Pakistani media, on March 7 this year, in a conversation with Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majid, a high-ranking American official (presumably the same Donald Lu) sharply condemned the balanced reaction of the Pakistani leadership to the events in Ukraine and made it clear that partnerships with the United States are possible only if Imran Khan is removed from power," Zakharova said.

Pakistani Ambassador Asad Majid meets American official Donald Lu for rebuke Moscow visit Imran Khan

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 08:23:40 AM EST
Donald Lu helped Pakistan get IMF loan before hatching 'conspiracy'

Before that in an exclusive interview with SAMAA TV' Imran Riaz Khan, the prime minister revealed how many people were at the meeting where the threat was made.

There was Pakistan's ambassador, the military attache and notetakers from the Pakistan side and Donald Lu, another US official, and notetakers from the American side.

In the interview, Khan said that the high ranking US official was an "undersecretary,' but on Sunday he named Donal Lu, who is an assistant secretary. The second US official is understood to be Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Lesslie Viguerie.

Imran Khan told SAMAA TV that the US officials said they were representing the White House and the senior-most US official at the meeting clearly warned that the US-Pakistan relations would improve only after Imran Khan is removed.

On February 25, 2022, President Joe Biden nominated Lesslie Viguerie to serve as the United States ambassador to Kyrgyz Republic

Pakistan Seeks to End 50 Years of IMF Debt With ESG Bond, Trade

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 08:24:35 AM EST
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Ex-AJK president Masood Khan will replace Dr Majeed as Pakistan's envoy in Washington and the US government has already issued the agreement for the appointment of Sardar Masood Khan.

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by Oui (Oui) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 08:25:11 AM EST
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PM's aide demands 'proof' from journalist Asma Shirazi over article 'abusive of Bushra Bibi' | Dawn News - Oct 21, 2021 |

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Political Communication Dr Shahbaz Gill on Thursday fired a broadside at journalist Asma Shirazi for allegedly maligning First Lady Bushra Bibi in an article about the existing political situation and the government's handling of it.

Gill held a presser in connection with the article written by Shirazi for BBC Urdu which criticised the government without naming it or any individual, including Prime Minister Imran Khan's wife. It said the derailing economy couldn't be fixed by the "slaughtering of goats" or "spilling the blood of pigeons".

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 09:27:57 AM EST
Farah Khan: Who are the friends of Imran Khan's wife Bushra Bibi and where are they now? | BBC Urdu |

Farah Khan's name first surfaced in 2018 after the marriage of Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi and later the formation of PTI government. After that she appeared most of the time with Khatool Awal Bushra Bibi. Farah also used to post pictures of herself and Bushra Bibi on her social media accounts.

Even during Imran Khan's rule, the question was often raised by many quarters that who is this Farah Khan?

There were frequent whispers in response to this question, but two days ago an angry PTI member and former provincial minister Aleem Khan mentioned Farah Khan's name and leveled serious allegations against her and according to Aleem Khan Imran Khan Everyone knew about it.

Prior to Aleem Khan's allegation, former Punjab Governor Chaudhry Sarwar had also leveled similar allegations, while PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz also spoke of Farah Khan's alleged interference in government affairs in the government.

Although Farah Khan has never offered any explanation or denial in this regard, former Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar has dismissed the allegations as baseless.

In a message on Twitter, Usman Bazdar said, "I strongly reject the fabricated allegations of Aleem Khan, Chaudhry Sarwar and other opposition members and condemn the allegations without any evidence." Appointments and transfers in Punjab are based on merit and rules and regulations.

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 09:28:50 AM EST
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SC to announce verdict on deputy speaker's ruling, NA dissolution shortly

The verdict will be announced at 7:30pm. In anticipation of the verdict, security has been beefed up at the SC premises with television footage showing riot police deployed outside the apex court.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 02:34:10 PM EST
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Supreme Court restores National Assembly, orders no-confidence vote to be held on Saturday

The Supreme Court has set aside deputy speaker's ruling to dismiss the no-trust resolution against Prime Minister Imran and the subsequent dissolution of the NA by the president on the PM's advice, with all five judges unanimously voting 5-0 against it.

The apex court ruled that President Dr Arif Alvi's decision to dissolve the National Assembly was "illegal" and restored Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as his cabinet.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 04:21:10 PM EST
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This turn of events has acquired a Venezuelan vibe.
by Cat on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 04:28:30 PM EST
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Twitter @UsmanAKBuzdar (Urdu)

By the grace of Allah, he delivered honestly in Punjab in his three and a half years
Without any proof, whether you are the first lady of the house or Farah Khan, you accuse them.
The only purpose is to criticize Imran Khan in any way - you will fail because no one can point a finger at Imran Khan's honesty!

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 09:29:31 AM EST
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Asma Shirazi wins 2014 Peter Mackler award

Another comment: "@asmashirazi American Agent She is.!"

Amar Jalil, Asma Shirazi honoured over courageous journalism | Ahfaz-ur-Rahman Award 2022 |

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 09:30:18 AM EST
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Someone Named 'Bibi'  😂

Farah Khan's original name is Farah Shahzadi. Farah Khan was believed to be the frontwoman of someone, allegedly Usman Buzdar, the former chief minister of Punjab. Her husband has also fled Pakistan, it is believed. 

What Farah Khan did with my mother, PM Imran Khan was not right: first lady's son Musa Maneka

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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 09:31:24 AM EST
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I idly wish that I'd been keeping up with PK celebrity gossip. I'm confused by explosive twitter exposé. Are PK's dynastic military commanders and Real House Wives of Punjab for or against Captain Khan's populist defense of Article 5?
by Cat on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 06:49:30 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Wed Apr 6th, 2022 at 07:56:04 PM EST
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< wipes tears >
by Cat on Thu Apr 7th, 2022 at 04:16:51 PM EST
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by Oui (Oui) on Sat Apr 9th, 2022 at 08:24:58 PM EST
Any rumor or declaration promoting the PM candidate of the opposition?
by Cat on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 02:10:19 PM EST
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The new prime minister is expected to be Sharif's brother Shahbaz Sharif after a vote for the new prime minister is held in Parliament on Monday.
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"This would be the FIRST TIME in Pakistan's HISTORY that a no-confidence vote [!] succeeds in ousting a Prime Minister -- the fulfilment of a constitutional process that was far from guaranteed after Khan's attempts to derail the vote," said Elizabeth Threlkeld, ["]Pakistan expert["] at the U.S.-based The Stimson Center. "That, in itself, is significant, and could give Pakistan something to build on going forward."
< wipes tears >archived No PM has completed a full term.

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Morrison's conservative coalition is seeking a fourth three-year term. The date is the latest available to him.
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by Cat on Sun Apr 10th, 2022 at 02:34:45 PM EST
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euractiv | Political change in Pakistan as Shehbaz ["Shahbaz"] Sharif seeks to become PM, 11 Apr 00:19

The younger brother of three-times prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz, 70, has led a bid by the opposition in parliament to topple former cricket star Khan, and he is widely expected to replace him following a vote on Monday. But Khan's party [PTI] also submitted papers nominating the former foreign minister as a candidate, saying their members of parliament would resign en masse should he lose, potentially creating the need for urgent [!] by-elections for their [PTI] seats.
rentier math
The speaker would be obliged to accept those resignations that would necessitate by-elections in probably [?] more than 100 seats [342 MPs total, of which "safe" 174 oppo, 155 PTI, or 45%]. That could PLUNGE the country into another CRISIS as the election commission has previously said it would not be ready to hold elections until October.
by Cat on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 01:23:12 PM EST
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Massive rallies have been held in cities across Pakistan in support of Imran Khan and against "foreign interference", a day after Khan's removal in a parliamentary no-trust vote.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 09:51:38 AM EST
Differences over ISI chief's appointment a test for Gen Bajwa | The Week - Oct. 12, 2021 |

On October 12, 1999, it took just 17 hours for Pakistan chief of army staff Pervez Musharraf to overthrow the Nawaz Sharif government in a bloodless coup. Sharif had kept intelligence chief General Ziauddin by his side, appointing his new head of the military, but was soon defeated, put under house arrest before being forced into exile. On this day, the military rule set in for the third time in Pakistan.

"Your armed forces have never, and shall never, let you down," Musharraf told Pakistanis in a late-night address that night.

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Apr 11th, 2022 at 09:52:48 AM EST
'A Technical Error'? The Controversy In Pakistan Over ISI Chief's Appointment | News18 - Oct 19, 2021 |

Pakistan PM Imran Khan and its army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa are reported to be at loggerheads over the latter's sudden move to announce a new ISI chief.

The over-riding clout that the army enjoys in Pakistan is well known with the country's civilian rulers widely seen as being beholden to its military establishment. Which would explain why an impasse between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and its army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa over the appointment of the new chief of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has raised eyebrows and made the ruling classes in Pakistan uncomfortable. Although Pakistani federal ministers have been at pains to assure the public that there is no crisis, the appointments are yet to be cleared by PM Khan. Here's what you need to know.


The impasse, reports widely suggest, was triggered over the suddenness of Pakistan Army chief Bajwa's announcement on October 6 that Karachi corps commander Lt Gen. Nadeem Ahmed Anjum would be the new ISI chief, replacing the incumbent, Lt Gen. Faiz Hameed, who would move to Peshawar as a corps commander.

Amid the speculation as to the delay by the PM's office in issuing the clearances, a minister in the Pakistan cabinet has also had to shoot down suggestions that omens and portends were to blame. A report in Pakistan daily Dawn said that Interior Minister Rashid Ahmed was forced at a news briefing to declare that "it is totally absurd that the issue is being delayed intentionally due to divine intervention" and that it was "illogical that someone is casting a spell" after he was asked whether the Prime Minister House was holding back its approval due to some "spiritual and saintly" reasons.

A report in The Express Tribune, another Pakistani newspaper, cited sources who quoted Khan as having said at a meeting of his ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party that, "there is no misunderstanding between the government and the army... the speculation is not correct as there was a technical error that will be corrected".

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa | Aug. 9, 2021 |

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Must read about Pakistan: Mohammed Hanif's 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes'
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PM Imran purposely delayed COAS extension: Shehbaz | Dawn News - Mar 23, 2022 |

Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif believes Prime Minister Imran Khan had knowingly tried to delay the extension in the tenure of the army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, and has claimed that while his party always respected the military, the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) was behind a social media campaign targeting the armed forces.

In an interview with Adil Shahzeb of DawnNews, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president recalled that when PM Khan tried to extend the army chief's tenure, the notification had to be redrafted three times.

Pakistan army chief's US visit to focus on Afghanistan, peace talks | Economic Times - Nov 15, 2015 |

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Provoking the US can wreck India's tech dreams. Just ask China

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PSX soars by 1,700 points (3.83%) as 'political drama' concludes

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"Stock market and the rupee have shown a major recovery after the no-confidence vote eased political uncertainty," [Ahsan Mehanti of Arif Habib Corporation] said.
parity watch PKR:USD, 1:0.0054733 a/o 10:30 EST
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Biden to talk to Modi amid warning to India

US President Joe Biden was set to have a virtual meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, as the US government stresses that it doesn't want an uptick in Russian energy imports by India.

In a statement, US Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden would continue close consultations on the consequences of the Russia-Ukraine conflict and "mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supply and commodity markets."

Daleep Singh, US Deputy National Security Adviser for international economics, who visited India recently, said his government would not set any "red line" for India on its energy imports from Russia but does not seek to see a "rapid acceleration" in the number of imports.

Since the start of Western sanctions on Russian energy and the subsequent steep discounts, India has bought at least 13 million barrels of Russian crude oil compared to 16 million barrels for the whole of last year.

White House statement also said that the official meeting would precede the "US-India 2+2 Ministerial" meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, India External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and India Defense Minister Rajnath Singh.

Biden recently said that only India among the Quad group of countries was "somewhat shaky" in acting against Russia over its military operation in Ukraine.
India, in the meantime, has tried to balance its ties with Russia and the West but unlike other members of the Quad countries, it has not imposed any sanctions on Russia.

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The U.S. doesn't do diplomacy. Every country has its own interests. But the U.S. and its pricks in the State Department insist that its interests must have priority over all others. Any country that disagrees with that will be called out on this or that issue or will even get sanctioned.

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Just statements of wishful thinking normal to bullying diplomacy ...

No conspiracy | Dawn News Editorial |

In all this, the efforts of Pakistan's erstwhile ambassador to the US stand vindicated. Two NSC meetings have confirmed that whatever he reported about his interaction with the senior US official did indeed provide cause for alarm. It is commendable that the ambassador immediately alerted the Foreign Office of the unnatural and undiplomatic language used by the US official during their interaction.

He also reportedly recommended that foreign ministry officials immediately take the matter up with both the US ambassador in Pakistan and the authorities in Washington to determine if what was discussed was indeed the official US position. The matter was serious enough that it has again been confirmed as `blatant interference' in Pakistan's affairs by the NSC. The question then arises: what prevented then foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi from acting immediately on the ambassador's advice? Why did he take weeks to bring the matter to the NSC?

It is true that the US does indeed have a history of meddling in Pakistan's internal affairs both overtly and covertly. However, an act of interference is quite different from an act of conspiracy, and the NSC seems quite clear on this particular matter.

US 'welcomes' NSC statement saying no 'foreign conspiracy' to oust Imran

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Attack Hits Chinese Faculty at Karachi University

Karachi bomber: An unlikely profile | Dawn News |

Three Chinese faculty members among four dead in suicide attack at Karachi University

Tuesday's suicide bombing at the Karachi University may be the harbinger of a new and unexpected dimension in the dynamics of terrorism in Pakistan, particularly the Baloch insurgency.

It was appalling enough that a suicide bomber had targeted the faculty of the Confucius Institute on campus, killing three Chinese nationals and their Pakistani driver on the spot. But the shock was further compounded when the identity of the attacker came to light.

Less than an hour following the incident, the banned Baloch Liberation Army took to social media to claim responsibility and announce that the bomber was a woman named Shaari Baloch.

Shari joined BLA's Majeed Fedayeen Brigade two years ago and voluntarily signed up for the self-sacrificing mission.

Balochistan Separatists: 13 CIA Supported Rebels Hanged in Iran

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Israel Prepares the Ground Work for Iran War

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Tightening relations with Saudi Kingdom - bribe fee is 10% minimum at you overseas account ...

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With financial help on agenda, PM Shehbaz Sharif embarks on maiden foreign trip to Saudi Arabia

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif embarked on his maiden foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, seeking an additional $3.2 billion financial package from the kingdom amid dwindling foreign reserves.

The premier is undertaking the three-day visit on the invitation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.

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    This is a major news story. Ever since the 9/11 attacks on America, Pakistan has carried the brunt of US harsh war policy in the AfPak region. The ties with the US has deteriorated ever since, also under the Obama administration. Harsh criticism by president Trump and threats has separated the two nations even further. In the meantime US relations with Saudi Arabia has created a new alliance with Israel to the detriment of the Palestinian people and its UNRWA refugees.

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Fawad moves IHC to term cases against PTI leaders over Madina incident 'illegal' | Dawn News |

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