#AnisFarooqui : Within the government, there are multiple fault lines, which are likely to increase by every day going forward. Right after the day when budget for the new fiscal year was debated PM Imran Khan in his fiery speech said “When we gave so many services, did US praise us or acknowledged our sacrifices? Instead, they called us a hypocrite and blamed us.
Pakistan’s current government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to be on the edge of collapse as internal divisions in Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf have become so intense & obvious that it is no longer possible to keep them under wraps.
Khan complained to his parliamentary team and public that “Instead of appreciating us, Pakistan was bad-mouthed.”
He added that this is the “darkest period of our history” when Pakistan did not know which was a friendly country and which was not. “Have you heard of a friendly country carrying out attacks and drone strikes on you?”
He gave an absurd analogy by saying “If a terrorist wanted by us is sitting in London for past 30 years. Will UK give us permission to take him out via drone attack on British soil?” This statement was questioned in an apparent reference to Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) founder Altaf Hussain.
Many diplomatic experts cite this as a clear threat to UK’s sovereignty coming from a Head of a Nuclear State and issuing a warning for attacking by drone.
Question is that if Imran displays such irresponsible and amateur behaviour with his fanatic statements on the floor of parliament, can world trust him that if his drone threats didn’t work out then he could use nukes as his alternate option next to threat global community?
The most recent analysis, published in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in 2010,
estimates that Pakistan has 70–90 nuclear warheads and they can make a serious mass destruction.
My question to PM UK Borris Johnson, will UK take any action on such a threat to their sovereignty?
Today’s frightening instability in Pakistan comes in a world where global terrorists are actively seeking nuclear weapons, materials and expertise needed to make them, a quest that has been underway for more than a decade.
Rapid action is needed to keep the most recent Taliban’s advances in Pakistan from creating new opportunities for these deadly adversaries.
Yet, assessing nuclear security in Pakistan should not be viewed in isolation. World needs to inspect/monitor and perhaps neutralize Pakistan’s nuke assets to avoid a major regional catastrophic event.
One must not forget China’s recent Growing Influence in Pakistan. Pakistan provides a “most likely” case to explore the nature and extent of Chinese influence at a bilateral level and in discrete policy arenas.
China has long-standing and highly asymmetric military and diplomatic ties with Pakistan, which are now complemented by an increasingly asymmetric trade and investment relationship, headlined by the $62 billion USD “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.”
World is rightfully questioning today that Is Imran led Govt handing absolute powers to Bajwa led military?
Since there is a clear division of labour between the government and the army, the latter is the de-facto decision-maker on security and foreign policy issues.
Previous civilian governments in Pakistan often tried to resist the army’s dominance in domestic policy-making, but the PTI government has made no such attempt.
Consequently, military interference or hold over routine aspects of governance such as airlines, finance, railways, and media has gradually increased.
For instance, the state-owned Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) is headed by Air Marshal Arshad Malik, who was appointed as CEO in October 2018. Malik’s management of the PIA has recently come under scrutiny following a fatal plane crash in Karachi in May.
Similarly, Lt Gen. Asim Bajwa, a former Pakistani military spokesman, was appointed in April as the new special communication adviser to the PM. He is also heading the Chinese-sponsored Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in Pakistan, under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
These appointments and many other similar are in sync with the broader trajectory of the collapse of institutional autonomy in the civilian sphere of governance under the PTI government. This will make Pakistan isolated in global community
under Bajwa-Imran regime.
Recent events in Pakistan’s Financial Hub and port city Karachi have also raised a valid argument that Is Altaf Hussain’s Chapter still Wide Open? A fact that one can not deny as 80 million Mohajirs still back MQM chief unconditionally even after all failed attempts by multiple para military forces.
Altaf Hussain is a British Pakistani politician who is known as the founder chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He holds United Kingdom citizenship and has been living in exile in Great Britain since the start of Operation Clean-up and multiple attempts on his life in Pakistan.
Asking question about him in Parliament and quoting him as a terrorist makes it very clear that Pakistan still wants a hold on AltafHussain. Altaf seems like a ticking bomb in Imran’s mind and now it’s a very clear insecurity for Cricketer turned politician Imran as well as his military dependent throne which shakes every time Hussain appears on Social Media. And that’s an evidence of fast changing future geographical scenario in South Asia.
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