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Ex-Homeland Security Official Outs Himself As 'Anonymous' Anti-Trump Author

 Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, has revealed himself to be "Anonymous," the author of a New York Times op-ed and book critical of the Trump presidency.

"To be clear, writing those works was not about eminence (they were published without attribution), not about money (I declined a hefty monetary advance and pledged to donate the bulk of the proceeds), and not about crafting a score-settling 'tell all' (my focus was on the President himself and his character, not denigrating former colleagues)," Taylor wrote in a Medium post.

"Nevertheless, I made clear I wasn't afraid to criticize the President under my name."

Taylor, in media interviews as recently as August, denied being "Anonymous."

Throughout his post, Taylor was explicit about his commitment to the Republican Party and asserted he "wanted this President to succeed" when he joined the administration alongside John Kelly, Trump's first Homeland Security secretary who later became the White House chief of staff.

But Taylor went on to say, "Too often in times of crisis, I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives. I witnessed Trump's inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years."

He said the president's flaws were evident to "everyone" but that most were "were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals."

Taylor has appeared in ads for Republican Voters Against Trump, a group that is supporting Joe Biden in the presidential contest. He also wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post in August detailing what he said were actions by the president that made the country "less secure."

But it was his anonymous op-ed in The New York Times in September 2018 in which he declared he was "part of the resistance inside the Trump administration" that delighted the president's critics and added to fears within the administration of a "deep state" that was acting against Trump's orders. He parlayed that into a book, A Warning, a year later.

In his Medium post, Taylor defended his works under the cover of anonymity, explaining that he "wrestled" with the decision and that ultimately it helped hold Trump's feet to the fire.

"Issuing my critiques without attribution forced the President to answer them directly on their merits or not at all, rather than creating distractions through petty insults and name-calling," Taylor wrote.

The White House responded to the revelation in a statement by spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany.

"This low-level, disgruntled former staffer is a liar and a coward who chose anonymity over action and leaking over leading. He was ineffective and incompetent during his time as DHS Chief of Staff which is why he was promptly fired after only serving in this role for a matter of weeks," McEnany said.

"It is appalling a low-ranking official would be granted anonymity and it is clear The New York Times is doing the bidding of Never-Trumpers and Democrats."

Minutes later the Trump campaign released a statement, also unleashing a litany of insults at Taylor.

"He's just another standard-issue arrogant, Washington, DC swamp bro who loved President Trump until he figured out he could try to make money by attacking him," officials wrote.

The campaign also noted that Taylor denied being "Anonymous" in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper.

During the interview, Cooper asks about Anonymous and says, "Are you aware of who that is?"

"I am not . ... I've got my own thoughts of who that might be," Taylor replies.

Cooper later asks more pointedly, "Are you Anonymous?"

Taylor replies, "I only wear a mask for two things Anderson: Halloweens and pandemics. So no."

Taylor served at DHS from 2017 to 2019 and was chief of staff to Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as well as Chad Wolf, now the acting DHS chief.

#Biden, in #LGBTQ interview, vows to pass Equality Act in first 100 days

By Daniel Trotta
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to make passing the LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act a top priority, hoping to sign what would be a landmark civil rights law within 100 days should he win Tuesday’s election.
Biden, a leading voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer rights as vice president under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, also pledged in an interview with the Philadelphia Gay News to expand queer rights internationally by making equality a centerpiece of U.S. diplomacy should he win the election and assume office in January. Biden has championed the Equality Act before, but his priority for the issue is significant given the urgency of the coronavirus pandemic and a host of other executive orders and regulatory actions that would compete for attention in the early days of a Biden administration.
He outlined his agenda for LGBTQ rights in an email interview with Philadelphia Gay News publisher Mark Segal, a nationally known advocate for gay rights since the 1970s.
“I will make enactment of the Equality Act a top legislative priority during my first 100 days - a priority that Donald Trump opposes,” Biden said of the Republican incumbent he is challenging.
The Trump administration opposed the Equality Act, saying it would “undermine parental and conscience rights,” and has also restricted queer rights in the name of religious liberty. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment on Biden’s interview.
The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives passed the Equality Act in 2019, but the legislation stalled in the Republican-controlled Senate. Biden would need the Democrats to hold the House and take control of the Senate to ensure passage.
The Equality Act would protect U.S. citizens from discrimination based on sexual identity and gender identity by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964, one of the most revered accomplishments of the civil rights movement, which banned discrimination based on race, religion, sex and national origin. On the international front, Biden also promised to defend American diplomats who speak out for LGBTQ rights in countries that are hostile to queer people and promised to use “America’s full range of diplomatic tools,” including private diplomacy, public statements and United Nations agencies, to promote equality.
“I’ll stand up to bullies and once more put human rights at the center of America’s engagement with the world,” Biden said.

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Opinion: Erdogan and Khan are hypocritical about Macron's France - Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Pakistani PM Imran Khan have no right to talk about French secularism

  • Author Shamil Shams

Turkish President Recep Erdogan and Pakistani PM Imran Khan have no right to talk about French secularism, as they have no regard for the sentiments of religious minorities in their own countries, says DW's Shamil Shams.

It feels strange to hear Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan talk about secular values and lecture French President Emmanuel Macron on racism.

There has been an outburst in Muslim countries against Macron's comments about Islamist terrorism in wake of the gruesome beheading of Samuel Paty, a teacher who was killed for showing students caricatures of Islam's Prophet Muhammad. Erdogan, who likes to pose as the leader of the entire Islamic world, decried "rising Islamophobia" under Macron's watch.

"What problem does this person called Macron have with Muslims and Islam? Macron needs treatment on a mental level," Erdogan recently said.

Pakistani premier Khan, who is known for his deep admiration of Erdogan, followed suit. "This is a time when President Macron could have put a healing touch and denied space to extremists rather than creating further polarization and marginalization that inevitably leads to radicalization," Khan wrote on Twitter.

While it can be argued that the French president should have dealt with the issue of secularism in Europe in a different way, the criticism by Erdogan and Khan is hypocritical and outrageous.

Sheer hypocrisy

Erdogan and Khan have no right to talk about "Islamophobia" when their governments show no respect to people of other faiths.

In July, the Turkish government converted the 6th century Hagia Sophia church into a mosque, showing no regard for the sentiments of millions of Christians around the world. The Turkish leader now looks set to do the same with another former church, the Church of St. Saviour in Chora.

Erdogan, whose Justice and Development Party has been in power since the early 2000s, has done everything in his power to undermine Turkey's secularism and turn the country into an Islamic caliphate. There has been massive opposition in Turkey against his actions, with liberal and secular groups making their voices heard on a regular basis. But instead of upholding democratic values in his own country, Erdogan strikes at them with an iron hand.

Had France converted a mosque into a church, what would be Erdogan's reaction? He would have denounced Macron for promoting "Islamophobia."

Let's talk about Pakistan now. Khan continues to blast Europe and India for treating Muslims badly, yet in his own country, religious minorities are persecuted. Hindus are being forcefully converted to Islam. Christians, Ahmadis and Shiites are booked in blasphemy cases, and hardline Islamist groups have given a free hand to declare anyone "non-Muslim."

Surely, Khan has no right to lecture Macron on creating polarization and marginalization that leads to radicalization. Pakistan has been doing it systematically for several decades.

In 2018, Khan removed world-renowned economist Atif Mian from his Economic Advisory Council, under pressure from extremists over Mian's Ahmadi faith. Pakistani lawmakers declared Ahmadis, a minority group, non-Muslims in the 1970s.

Just recently, Mian was stopped from giving a lecture at Karachi's Institute of Business Administration after radical groups threatened the school's authorities. There was no condemnation from Khan or his ministers over the incident.

Fight for secularism

It is easier to criticize others than to correct your own mistakes. There is a debate within France about how President Macron needs to tackle the issue of radicalization, and why he should not marginalize the Muslim community in his country. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is right when he says that we must not conflate racism and the fight against terrorism. France faces a tough time separating the two issues, so do other countries. It is an issue that demands introspection.

Muslims are extremely sensitive about the issue of caricatures of their holy figures. It is thus important for French authorities to approach it with sensitivity. At the same time, leaders like Erdogan and Khan need to understand that French Muslims enjoy more freedom than religious minorities in Turkey and Pakistan.

Attacks on those who express their views freely, such as the Paty beheading, the murder of Charlie Hebdo editors in 2015, or even the knife attack by a Pakistani man near the former offices of the magazine in September, are only going to strengthen the view that Muslims are intolerant. 

All Muslims are not intolerant. They may be sensitive about Islam and their holy figures, but they are also fighting for democracy and freedom of expression in their own countries.

Erdogan and Khan know it well because opposition against their governments is currently on the rise. They want to distract attention from domestic problems by raising the "Islamophobia" slogan, but many in their countries know they are not sincere about the issue. Khan's continued silence on the mistreatment of Uighur Muslims in China is proof of that.

Sharif checkmates Pakistani establishment


Gradually the PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) government is losing its grip on power, as the political opposition not only has pushed it on to the back foot but has also weakened the military establishment’s control of the power chessboard.

On Sunday, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), and alliance of opposition parties, held its third massive public gathering, this time in Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province. As expected, the PDM leaders while addressing the crowd directly blamed the establishment for backing an inept government and accused it of rigging the ballot.

However, it was former prime minister Nawaz Sharif who again blamed General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lieutenant-General Faiz Hameed for overthrowing his government and bringing Imran Khan to power through a rigged political discourse.

By naming Bajwa and Faiz, Sharif successfully created the narrative that he is not against any institution but only a few individuals. He was right on the money, as he not only criticized the generals for meddling in politics but also raised the issues relevant to Balochistan province.

However, this time it was his daughter Maryam Nawaz who stole the show by highlighting the issue of enforced disappearances in Balochistan. While addressing the public gathering, she called on to the stage a woman whose three brothers had gone missing. She showed the face of that woman to the public and roared, “Have some shame, think what happens to you if your kids going missing.”

She was of course referring to the military establishment, and perhaps she won the hearts of many in Balochistan.

A calm and composed Maryam highlighting the issue of enforced disappearances and directly criticizing the establishment are signs that Pakistan has changed. Someone had to break the chains of fear and slavery and challenge those who have been responsible for creating a manipulative social and political order to keep their hegemony intact, and who else but a mainstream party based in Punjab could have challenged the deep state so effectively?

A thrice-elected prime minister addressing PDM rallies from his base in England accusing the establishment of manipulating the social and political order while his daughter showed solidarity with the relatives of the missing persons of Balochistan has surely brought the small provinces closer to Punjab. At the same time, the unprecedented brave stance of Sharif and Maryam has put the establishment under immense pressure.

Meanwhile, the detailed verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa has also left the hybrid regime red-faced. The highest court in its detailed judgment declared that the reference against Isa was baseless and not according to the constitution.

Now that Isa, a bold and upstanding judge, has been given a clean chit, the government is facing the embarrassment of losing its case against him, further weakening this hybrid regime.

The panic among the ranks of the PTI government and in the establishment is visible. In Karachi, the chief of Sindh provincial police was kidnapped by the Rangers, a paramilitary federal law enforcement organization, and was forced to register a case against Maryam Nawaz and her husband for chanting slogans of “respect my vote” at the grave of Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The move backfired within hours as the entire Sindh police department stood by their chief and submitted applications for leave. General Bajwa, the Chief of Army Staff, himself had to call on Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), and the Sindh police chief to ease the situation.

Then on Saturday, a journalist with Geo News went missing after he aired surveillance-camera footage of Rangers breaking down the door of Maryam’s hotel room. That move also backfired, as after immense pressure from the public the journalist was released within 22 hours.

On Sunday in Quetta, Internet and mobile-phone services were suspended by the Balochistan government to disrupt live broadcasting of the PDM public gathering on social media, but this move also backfired, as not only did the opposition somehow manage to show the gathering live, but Sharif was able to deliver his speech from London.

This series of failures by the establishment while both Sharif and Maryam fearlessly take on the military elite indicates that the winds have changed in Pakistan’s power corridors. Both Bajwa and Faiz have been weakened to the point that they are now being criticized openly by the opposition parties.

After all, no general can afford controversies and public anger against him. Even dictators like Ayub Khan and Pervez Musharraf were not able to bear the pressure of public criticism and resentment against them. So it will also be not possible for either Bajwa or Faiz to withstand the pressure against them.

Under these circumstances when the establishment itself is on the back foot, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government will not be able to launch a crackdown against the opposition and dissident journalists. This means Khan’s fate is decided and he at any moment could be sacrificed to save the establishment from the growing criticism of the public.

However, the question is, will Sharif be content to see the removal of Imran Khan only? The answer is a clear no, as he and Maryam have both adopted a stance from where they cannot retreat, as public expectations are now too high.

And why should they change their stance of bringing Bajwa and Faiz to accountability, that too at a time when their narrative of civilian supremacy is becoming popular across the entire country? A fresh election may not suit the PPP, but it will suit all the other opposition parties, and that is why they have put their stakes with Sharif, who has nothing to lose at the moment.

The attempt to remove Sharif and Maryam from the political scene has backfired, and the establishment’s doctrine of running a controlled democracy has collapsed, as the miserable economic condition of the masses has created huge resentment against Imran Khan and his backers.

The image of Khan created through the media may still be relevant in the posh areas of the country, but in the downtown areas and in the middle-class localities of the cities and towns, his image has been tarnished by his lack of ability to govern the country and inability to stop inflation and revive the economy.

The global players who supported the de facto coup against Sharif have distanced themselves from the PTI government and its backers. Perhaps it is time for those who rigged the political discourse to ask themselves what they achieved by meddling in politics. It was a game that could never have been won by the establishment, as Sharif was not an ordinary political leader.

A shrewd person like Sharif would never have taken the risk of going all out against the establishment unless he was certain that he was going to win this battle. He had the history of infrastructure mega-projects, electricity projects and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to his credit, and it was impossible for any other political party or dictator to match his performance.

It was not difficult to understand that the way elections were rigged there were no chances of bringing political stability back. Perhaps the generals who launched the Naya Pakistan project were unaware that they were inflicting political and economic turmoil on the country.

Now it is not only about new elections and sending Imran Khan and his backers packing but it is about redefining the political and social contracts between the citizens and the state. Even if the joint opposition settles for less, at least Maryam and Sharif will not settle for anything less than the removal of Khan and his few remaining supporters and devising new ways of doing business, where every institution will work under its defined constitutional role.

This is a checkmate by Sharif and for now, there is no way out for the establishment but to go back to its constitutional role of protecting the geographical borders of the country and leaving everything else to the elected representatives of the country.

With a message for Pakistan and China, India & US conclude 2+2 talks, vow to deepen ties



The biggest takeaway from the talks was the signing of BECA, a key defence pact that will enable India to avail of US expertise on geospatial intelligence.

India and the US concluded the third round of the bilateral 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue Tuesday with a message for China and Pakistan, and a promise to deepen defence and security ties between New Delhi and Washington.
The 2+2 meeting saw Union External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh hold talks with their US counterparts, Mike Pompeo and Mark Esper, respectively. The biggest takeaway from the talks was the signing of the Basic Exchange and Cooperation Agreement (BECA), a key defence pact that will enable India to avail of US expertise on geospatial intelligence, and sharpen the accuracy of weapons and automated hardware systems used for military purposes.With this, India has completed the signing of the three key US defence foundational agreements that are all aimed at interoperability of various platforms. New Delhi and Washington signed the Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) in 2016 and the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA) in 2018. Both sides also signed the Industrial Security Annex (ISA), another agreement aimed aimed at deepening defence and strategic ties between the US and India.
“India welcomes an expanded partnership with the United States … Our national security convergences have obviously grown in a more multipolar world. We meet today to not only advance our own interest but to ensure that our bilateral cooperation makes a positive contribution in the world we are in. We are also committed to addressing global issues,” Jaishankar said at a press conference addressed by the four leaders after the talks.
The external affairs minister also said the Indo-Pacific strategy was the main focus of the talks.
“A multipolar world must have a multipolar Asia… Discussions also covered developments in our neighbouring countries. We made it clear that cross-border terrorism is completely unacceptable,” he added.
‘US will stand with people of India’
Pompeo, who also called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he emplaned for Sri Lanka, lashed out at China and said the US “will stand with the people of India as they confront threats to their sovereignty and to their liberty”.“Our leaders and our citizens see with increasing clarity that the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is no friend to democracy, rule of law, transparency, freedom of navigation and free and open and prosperous Indo-Pacific…” he said at the press conference. “I am glad to say that the US and India are taking steps to strengthen our cooperation against all manner of threats and not just those posed by the Chinese Communist Party,” he added.
Pompeo also made a reference to the death of 20 Indian soldiers during a clash with the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) in the Galwan Valley, which is one of the points of friction in the ongoing India-China stand-off at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh.
Addressing the press conference, Esper also took aim at China even as he noted that defence ties remain a key pillar of the overall bilateral relationship between India and the US.
“Based on our shared values and common interests, we stand shoulder-to-shoulder in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific for all, particularly in light of increasing aggression and de-stabilising activities by China,” he added. The ministers welcomed the inclusion of the Royal Australian Navy in the US-India-Japan Malabar Naval Exercise, which is scheduled to be held in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea in November 2020.In his opening remarks, Defence Minister Singh made a reference to China, saying, “in the area of defence, we are challenged by reckless aggression on our northern borders”.Later, at the press meet, he also sought increased investments from American defence firms, highlighting the relaxed foreign direct investment norms and other steps the government has taken to provide an enabling environment for setting up manufacturing lines for defence platforms in the country.
‘Pakistan should act against cross-border terrorism’
In a joint statement issued Tuesday evening, both sides referred to cross-border terrorism and asked Pakistan to take “immediate, sustained and irreversible action” on terrorists and terror entities operating from its soil.
“The ministers called on Pakistan to take immediate, sustained and irreversible action to ensure that no territory under its control is used for terrorist attacks, and to expeditiously bring to justice the perpetrators and planners of all such attacks, including 26/11 Mumbai, Uri, and Pathankot,” the statement said.
The ministers also vowed to continue information exchanges about sanctions against terror groups and individuals, as well as efforts to counter the financing and operations of terrorist organisations, radicalism and terrorist use of the internet, and cross-border movement of terrorists. They also vowed to prosecute, rehabilitate, and reintegrate returning terrorist fighters and family members.
Later this year, India and the US will hold the first virtual meeting of the India-US Counter-Narcotics Working Group, announced earlier this year during President Donald Trump’s visit, followed by an in-person meeting in 2021.
On cooperation in combatting the Covid-19 pandemic, both sides decided to further strengthen cooperation in the development of vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, ventilators and other essential medical equipment.

#Pakistan - Chairman #PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari says opposition will bid farewell to PTI government in January 2021


Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilwal Bhutto Zardari has said that in January 2021, the PTI government of Imran Khan will be sent packing and a people’s government will take over from this selected and puppet government.

He said this while addressing a mammoth public gathering at the main Bazar Skardu in connection to PPP election campaign for election 2020 to be held on 15th November. Former governor GB Qamar Zaman Kaira, former Chief Minister GB Mehdi Shah, president PPP GB Amjad Hussain Advocate and Sadia Danish were also present in this public gathering.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari started his speech with the poem of Shaheed Mohsin Naqvi “Ya Allal Ya Rasool, Benazir Be Qasoor”. He said that it was unfortunate that the tyrants snatched Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Shahnawaz Bhutto, Shaheed Mir Murtaza Bhutto and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto from the people. He said that he has gone to smallest town and village in GB and saw Bhutto alive at all those places. He remembered all those who established PPP in Gb and said that the struggle started by them is continued. Chairman PPP said that only PPP fights for the rights of oppressed people. the rights to the people of GB were given by Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and President Asif Ali Zardari. He said that nothing was done for the rights of the people of GB till 1974 when Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ended FCR in GB. Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto introduced democracy in GB in 1994 then in 2009 President Zardari gave GB its first assembly, first governor and first chief minister.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the the campaign for the right to rule and right to property belongs to the PPP. He said that he went to every district of GB and ran this campaign from Gilgit to Astore and from Ghanche to shigar and Skardu for this campaign. He said that PPP is the only party which included the demands of the people of Gb in its manifesto for elections in Pakistan in 2018. He said that PPP is the only party which said that the people of GN should have their own province, representation in the senate and national assembly of Pakistan and demanded increase in the funds for GB. He said that he is not a selected ot a player who will not fulfil the promises and said that he will remain in GB till your own government is formed in GB. He said that the campaign for the right to rule and right to property depends on this election on 15 November. He said that he needs 2/3 majority so that these rights are materialized.

He said that the PPP gave constitutional and democratic rights to the people of Pakistan. The PPP is the only party which can give the country the economic stability. PPP has always worked for the downtrodden and marginalized people of Pakistan. We have to save the people of GB from hunger, poverty and unemployment. He said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had started Karakorum highway for the economic benefit of the people. he gave subsidy on food items, clothes and transport to the people of GB. He established institutions like the Steel Mills to provide employment to the youth of this country. He provided free passports to the people so that they can go abroad and work there to support their families. President Zardari followed the same philosophy and brought CPEC to Pakistan so that the people of GB, FATA and Balochistan can benefit from this mega project. It is unfortunate that these people could not get benefit but the PPP will make sure that it happens. He said that the Baba-e-Rozgar gave 25 thousand jobs to the youth of GB. He said that we started BISP to support poor women of Pakistan. The PPP increased salaries and pensions of government employees and army personnel and pension of our pensioners. He said that in contrast, the country is sinking in the tsunami of price-hike, unemployment and poverty during this tyrant rule of PTI. The government has increased the price of medicines up to 400 percent.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that we will defeat the selected and their associates in every district of GB. Today every section of society is protesting against this government in all over Pakistan. The PTI government has closed utility stores in GB. He said that GB has not become a separate province yet but the PTI government has imposed taxes on the people. PTI is a puppet party and unfortunately some other parties have agreed to become puppet of the puppet. How the people who follow Hazrat Imam Hussain AS are taking the side of an oppressor and tyrant. He said that we will defeat them all by the votes on 15th November and the right to rule and right of property for the people of GB will be ensured. He vowed to establish a network of free hospitals for heart, liver and kidney in every district of GB like Sindh. We will have to form a government in GB so that the problems are solved.

Chairman PPP said that people are in trouble in Pakistan today because their votes were stolen but we will not let anyone to steal people’s vote. The PPP will not allow any such stealing of votes in GB. He said that people will form a PPP government in GB and then we will also form a people’s government in Pakistan. The democratic forces are saying goodbye to Imran in the month of January in Pakistan. At the end of his speech, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari asked his candidates to take oath to serve people and provide jobs to the people of GB. Similarly he asked people to promise that they will vote for PPP candidates.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has so far addressed 12 corner meetings in Baltistan division in connection with the party’s election campaign 2020. This was the first jalsa of PPP in Skardu division during election campaign.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Saudi Arabia’s ‘Diwali Gift’ to India, Chops-Off Gilgit-Baltistan & Kashmir From Pakistan’s Map

By Haider Abbas
When the UAE announced the formalisation of ties with Israel on 14 August 2020, it was a gift to Pakistan on its Independence Day, which also had ironically come, only ten days after the devastating Beirut Blast in Lebanon on August 4. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was the guiding force behind it as well as the deal of ‘normalisation’ of ties between Bahrain with Israel. It had been a foregone conclusion that KSA would also follow suit, as was indicated by Israel’s Mossad Chief Yossi Cohen in an interview with Channel 12 News on October 25.
Cohen said he believed KSA and Israel will soon open-up their embassies, after the November 2020 US elections conclude. It can now be anybody’s guess that all the 22 Arab states are likely to reciprocate their ‘embassy move’ with Israel, with the exception of Pakistan, Iran, and maybe Qatar.
The KSA-Israel normalisation process had been well on the cards but the issue which stems from the ‘hubris’ is its fallout, with particular reference to Pakistan. The KSA crown prince MBS had in a fit of rage after Pakistan critiqued Riyadh over the Kashmir issue. KSA also forced Islamabad to repay the one billion loan.
Pakistan promptly repaid the loan with China’s help. The country was also deprived of oil supply on deferred loans from the kingdom. The KSA added more humiliation to Pakistan after announcing the amount of 1 billion USD, which Pakistan had returned, was to be invested in Reliance Jio Fiber in India.
The Islamic Kingdom’s humiliation of Pakistan did not stop there since now the real portent of the love affair between KSA and Israel has been uncovered. On October 24, Saudi Arabia released a 20 Riyal banknote to commemorate its presidency of organising G-20 summit on 21-22 November 2020. The backside of the note is enough to leave Pakistan, KSA’s once most trusted ally, all aghast!
The world map displayed on the backside of the note does not show Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Kashmir as parts of Pakistan. The territory of Kashmir is disputed between India and Pakistan from the past 70 years.
A part of it is in Pakistan and another part is with India, and both the nations are on the boil since 5 August 2019, when India’s PM Narendra Modi removed Article 370 from J&K, which gave it special status, irking China too in the process.The decision led both China and Pakistan dragging the issue of Kashmir to the UNSC thrice in the past one year. China has staked its claim inside Ladakh and in Arunachal Pradesh, as well as in Himachal Pradesh inside India.Pakistan had signalled to form a new bloc with Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, China and Russia and has started looking for avenues outside the dictates of the US.Hence, according to the official KSA stand, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir are now independent nations. This move by the Islamic Kingdom is a slap on Pakistan’s face which had released the country’s new political map on 5 August 2020 and, prompting New Delhi to call it ‘political absurdity.’Saudi Arabia’s priorities clearly lie with India, as the kingdom is slated to invest 15 billion USD in India’s Reliance Industries, as reported by Economic Times on 10 August, 2020. The same newspaper on 22 August announced that the Saudi Kingdom was looking forward to investing in a 60 billion USD oil refinery in India.
The country’s coming mega investments in India, while rejecting any financial aid to Pakistan, are surely nothing short of a ‘double-Diwali blast’, which India must have been waiting for ages.
If India was to portray the world map in this form, it may have been conceived as it is in conflict with Pakistan but is KSA also in conflict with Pakistan? Or else the agenda of Israel which is ‘too fixed’ to get Pakistan workforce and also its military involved in the KSA security apparatus, be evicted from inside KSA and later from the entire Gulf region, in order to starve Pakistan and bring it to its knees, is soon on the anvil too?
India is already quite ready to replace the vacuum with its workforce. Thus, KSA, Israel and India are likely to have a ‘springtime’ in the Gulf region in the days to come.
The KSA’s annihilation of Pakistan, it may be mentioned, is definitely targeted more on China, as it is China which is to carve its CPEC through GB and it was on China’s advice that Pakistan recently announced GB to be its fifth province, where elections are scheduled to be held on 15 November. And, it may be known that when India had decided to put on air GB weather report on 8 May, 2020, it made China see red. China took a stringent note of this move and raised the temperatures on the border with India, as the communist nation construed the Indian move to be a spanner in its most coveted project, i.e. the CPEC.
The KSA’s step is nothing short of an attempt to disgrace Pakistan, which also seems to be adapting to its new bloc. In the new world order, the US is pitted against Pakistan, as is India, and KSA will help the US to finally contain China.

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#SindhPolice آئی جی سندھ اغوا کا معاملہ سپریم کورٹ میں، آئی جی سندھ بیان ریکارڈ کرانے کہاں جائینگے ؟

جج کی جاسوسی کرنے والوں کا احتساب چاہتے ہیں، بلاول بھٹو

پیپلز پارٹی چیئرمین بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہا ہے کہ جن لوگوں نے بھی سپریم کورٹ کے جج کی جاسوسی کی ان کا احتساب ہونا چاہیے۔

اسکردو میں جیو نیوز سے گفتگو میں بلاول بھٹو نے کہا کہ سپریم کورٹ کی طرف سے بہت بڑا فیصلہ آیا ہے، جس کے بعد حکومت کی نیت اور طریقہ کار بے نقاب ہوچکا ہے۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ وزیراعظم نے غلط طریقہ اپناکر صدر مملکت سے یہ کام کروایا، عمران خان، وزیر قانون سمیت جو لوگ بھی اس کام میں ملوث ہیں ان کے خلاف کارروائی ہونی چاہیے۔

پی پی چیئرمین نےمزید کہا کہ پی ٹی آئی نے جنوبی پنجاب کو 100 دن میں صوبہ بنانے کا اعلان کیا جو آج تک نہیں بنایا جاسکا۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ ہم نے 2018ء کے منشور میں گلگت بلتستان کو عبوری صوبہ بنانے کا کہا، پی ٹی آئی نے تو 2 ماہ قبل اعلان کیا۔

بلاول بھٹو نےامید ظاہر کی کہ پی ٹی آئی کی طرف سے گلگت بلتستان کو عبوری صوبہ بنانے کا اعلان لولی پاپ نہیں ہوگا۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ ہر جگہ جی بی کے عوام کا ریفرنڈم نظر آرہا ہے، 2018ء کے انتخابی منشور کے وعدے پورے کرکے دنیا کو دکھائیں گے۔

پی پی چیئرمین نے یہ بھی کہا کہ جی بی کے جمہوری اور آئینی حقوق کے لیے پی پی مسلسل جدوجہد کررہی ہے، الیکشن میں دھاندلی ہوئی تو یہاں کے عوام کے شانہ بشانہ کھڑا رہوں گا۔

ان کا کہنا تھا کہ یہ نہیں کہہ سکتا کہ جی بی میں مداخلت نہیں ہورہی ہے، کچھ آزاد امیدواروں اور سیاسی جماعتوں کے ذریعے راستہ روکنے کی کوشش کی جارہی ہے۔

بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہا کہ پی پی واحد جماعت ہے جو گلگت بلتستان کے مسائل حل کراتی رہی ہے، شہید ذوالفقار علی بھٹو نے ایف سی آر اور راج گیری کے ظلم کا خاتمہ کیا۔

انہوں نے کہا کہ شہید ذوالفقارعلی بھٹو نے جی بی کے عوام کو پٹرول اور گندم پر سبسٹڈی دی، پہلے لوگ ان علاقوں کو ناردرن ایریا کے نام سے جانتے تھے، آج ان کی اپنی اسمبلی ہے، اپنا وزیراعلیٰ ہے، یہ سب پی پی کی وجہ سے ہے۔ 

Mehdi Shah is the “Baba-e-Rozgar” for Gilgit Baltistan, Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari


Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ended FCR from Gilgit Baltistan, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto served the people of GB and President Zardari gave identity to the people of Gilgit Baltistan, gave the first assembly to Gilgit Baltistan, gave first governor and gave first Chief Minister to Gilgit Baltistan. Now this election is not for coming to power but this is a struggle for a better future for the people of Gilgit Baltistan.

Chairman PPP said this while addressing a corner meeting at Skardu. Former governor GB Qamar Zaman Kaira and former chief minister GB Mehdi Shah, Saadia Danish and Babu Astori were also with the chairman PPP on the occasion.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari paying rich tributes to jiyalas who struggled for democracy and posperity with Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto said that former chief minister Mehdi Shah is the one who has been a jiyala since the time of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. He called Mehdi Shah “Baba-e-Rozgar” because he provided employment to 25 thousand youth of GB. He said that we will give similar rights to the people of GB which the people of the rest of the country are enjoying. Now this is the promise of the grandson of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and son of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto that his first priority will be to provide jobs to the youth of GB. PPP always provides jobs and reinstate those who lose their jobs during fascist governments. Chairman PPP said that for getting employment and rights the people of GB will have to vote for the PPP. With your vote we will be able to save you from the destruction of PTI government, he said.

Chairman PPP said that he wants to establish free hospitals like he has in Sindh. He wants to give every laborer a Benazir Laborer card like Sindh. He wants to establish a power plant like he has established the Thar coal power plant in Sindh.

Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that today every section of the society from lady health workers to the government employees are protesting against PTI government. The puppet party (PTI) has pitched its puppet in this constituency but the people know them and will reject them. He said that people of GB need a brave representative and he is their representative so go door to door and deliver the message of the party and bring them out on the polling day to stamp the arrow on the ballot paper. He said that he wants to fulfill the mission of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He warned that if the votes of the people of GB are stolen then he will be in Islamabad with the people of GB protesting against this theft. He said that he will remain in GB till 15th November and will celebrate the victory in the elections with the people of GB.

Earlier the PPP Chairman met with the members of Peoples Lawyers’ Forum and a delegation of district Bar in Skardu. He also inaugurated party election offices at Satpara road, Haji Gam and Newranga. He inaugurated Peoples Youth office at Hassan colony chowk. He also addressed workers at the Peoples Youth office and said that the Peoples Youth was established by Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. The youth of the country need a young leadership but the youth of the country were cheated by a player. The youth needs to tread the path of democracy which leads to prosperity. The biggest issue confronted by the youth is employment which only PPP can provide.

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Saudi G20 event slammed over kingdom's treatment of women

By Adela Suliman
Human rights groups and democracy activists are calling on diplomats, politicians and blue chip companies like HSBC, Mastercard and PepsiCo to boycott a business conference launching this week in Saudi Arabia.

As current chair of the Group of 20 major economies, or G20, Saudi Arabia will be hosting the B20 business event from Monday, ahead of the summit of world leaders in November.
The virtual business event promises to place a "special emphasis" on "creating a more equitable future for women in the business world," but rights groups say that flies in the face of the reality on the ground in the Persian Gulf kingdom, which has imprisoned women's rights activists.
"Saudi Arabia's real change-makers are behind bars," said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa. "Leaders must not be fooled by this shameless hypocrisy, and we call on them to show they care about human rights as much as business opportunities."
Saudi authorities arrested at least a dozen female activists in 2018, and rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch say some have faced abuses while imprisoned, including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault.
Saudi Arabia has strenuously denied the allegations. Government officials did not respond to requests for comment.
NBC News also approached HSBC, Mastercard, PepsiCo and other companies scheduled to attend for comment. At the time of publication, none had responded.
Among the women who were detained is Loujain al-Hathloul, who was imprisoned after she campaigned for women to drive. Women's rights blogger Nouf Abdulaziz is also behind bars, as is Nassima al-Sada, who has worked to end the male guardianship system, which required a male relative's permission for women to travel or marry, among other things.
Al-Hathloul's sister Lina announced the creation of a new website in honor of her sister on Monday morning, highlighting the activist's detention and work in winning Saudi women's right to drive and dismantling parts of the maleguardianship laws.
While Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — widely seen as the power behind the throne — has presented himself as a reformer, eager to transform the deeply conservative society, he has also presided over sweeping crackdowns on dissent, arresting intellectuals, clerics, women's rights activists and members of the vast royal family.
A prominent critic of the crown prince, Madawi Al-Rasheed, a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, welcomed the calls for a boycott.
"The G20 offers the Saudi regime a platform towards the most economically powerful countries to normalize its repression of the population," she said, adding that the Saudi regime had "lost all its credibility and legitimacy." As part of the B20 event, the world's largest oil exporter said it would also create an "Action Council" to develop policy recommendations about issues such as gender parity and diversity in the workforce.
The foreign minister, Prince Faisal bin Farhan, said in a video on Twitter last week that the Saudi government believed "that women are an important element of the strength of society, therefore they enjoy a firm guarantee in the Kingdom's laws and regulations."
He added that the country would "take all measures" to ensure that "their rights are protected." After being appointed de facto ruler by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, in 2017, the crown prince implemented a number of reforms as part of the country's "Vision 2030" campaign — a strategic framework to reduce Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil.
Under his leadership, reforms were also introduced enabling women to drive, travel without permission and gain better access to jobs. The young crown prince has also relaxed social rules for cinemas and curbed the powers of religious police.

This year, Saudi Arabia was ranked as the top improver among 190 economies in the World Bank's Women, Business and the Law 2020 report, placing it second in the Arab world. While the bold social changes led to praise for the powerful young royal, Saudi Arabia's image abroad has been tarnished by the long war in neighboring Yemen. So far, it has killed over 100,000 people and created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical care shortages and pushing the country to the brink of famine.
The brutal murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, slain in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, by fellow Saudis, also damaged the country's international standing. In 2018 the CIA determined that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's killing — a finding firmly rejected by Riyadh.

Mossad head: Saudi normalization ties close; post US election could see progress


US-mediated normalization talks between Israel and Oman are reportedly close to achieving a breakthrough.
A normalization announcement between Israel and Saudi Arabia is close and there could be major developments following the US presidential elections depending on who wins, Mossad director Yossi Cohen has said in closed conversations, The Jerusalem Post has learned. In the pre-dawn hours of Sunday morning, N12 reported that Cohen had said privately to those around him that the Saudis were waiting until after the US election, but that they could potentially announce normalization as a “gift” to the winner.
The implication from the N12 report was that such an announcement could even come almost immediately after the election.However, the Post has learned that the N12 report either misunderstood or did not fully flesh out what Cohen had said.
What Cohen actually said to those around him was that if US President Donald Trump wins reelection, there could be an almost immediate announcement.
Yet, if as the polls suggest, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the election, though the Saudis would still want a normalization deal with Israel, there would not necessarily be a clear timeline.Cohen had emphasized that the Saudis did not want to give a gift to Trump and then get nothing for it upon a Biden administration taking over the reins.
Rather, Cohen understands that a Biden administration may want to link normalization with the Saudis to progress with negotiations with the Palestinians – the opposite tactic of the Trump administration which is trying to pressure the Palestinians to show flexibility in negotiations with Israel by moving ahead with normalization deals without them.Further, Cohen would have acknowledged that the post-election situation in the US, especially if Biden is elected, would be far more uncertain regarding international relations in general, and that his estimate was based on knowing what the Saudis want and are ready for.
The normalization deal will also reportedly involve an arms deal between the US and Saudi Arabia, which could serve to cushion the move, Cohen said.
Normalized ties are something many in Israel and Saudi Arabia look forward to, with a recent poll by Zogby Research Services finding that nearly 80% of Saudis are in favor of working towards normalizing ties with Israel within the next five years. This was reflective of another poll published by Mitvim – The Israeli Institute for Regional Foreign Policies, which saw Saudi Arabia as the country with which most Israelis would like to next establish normalized ties.
In addition, it was also reported by N12 citing Israeli sources that US-mediated normalization talks between the Jewish state and Oman are close to achieving a breakthrough. In fact, these sources believe Oman is the most likely country to next normalize ties, though some believe Muscat will also take a more cautious approach and not sign anything until the election is over.
These announcements follow the ongoing wave of full relations being established between Israel and countries in the Arab world, with Sudan recently announcing a move towards normalization.

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پی ٹی آئی کی حکومت چند ماہ کی مہمان ہے، بلاول بھٹو زرداری

چیئرمین پاکستان پیپلز پارٹی (پی پی پی) بلاول بھٹو زرداری نے کہا ہے کہ پاکستان تحریک انصاف (پی ٹی آئی) کی حکومت چند ماہ کی مہمان ہے۔

ان خیالات کا اظہار انھوں نے کھرمنگ میں انتخابی جلسے سے خطاب کرتے ہوئے کیا۔

انھوں نے اپنے خطاب کے دوران کہا کہ اپوزیشن اتحاد پاکستان ڈیمو کریٹک موومنٹ (پی ڈی ایم) کے ذریعے ملک بھر میں جمہوریت بحال کریں گے۔

وفاقی حکومت پر تنقید کرتے ہوئے بلاول بھٹو زرداری کا کہنا تھا کہ پی ٹی آئی ایک جھوٹی جماعت ہے، جس کی ہر بات دھوکا اور یوٹرن نکلی ہے۔

ان کا یہ بھی کہنا تھا کہ پی ٹی آئی کی حکومت اب چند ماہ کی مہمان ہے۔

چیئرمین پی پی پی نے کہا کہ گلگت بلتستان کو تبدیلی کی تباہی سے بچانا ہے۔

ان کا یہ بھی کہنا تھا کہ یہاں سندھ کی طرح مفت علاج کے لیے اسپتال اور بے نظیر مزدور کارڈ لانا چاہتے ہیں۔