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PAKISTAN'S VISION 2025
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WAS THE US INVOLVED IN PAKISTANI PM’s DEPARTURE,
AS HE CLAIMS ?

To claim Imran Khan’s downfall was solely American doing is to ignore reality. But so is to claim the US had nothing to do with it
https://www.rt.com/news/553734-us-involv...-departure


Scott Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer and author of 'SCORPION KING: America's Suicidal Embrace of Nuclear Weapons from FDR to Trump.' He served in the Soviet Union as an inspector implementing the INF Treaty, in General Schwarzkopf’s staff during the Gulf War, and from 1991-1998 as a UN weapons insp

In the aftermath of an off-the-cuff remark made by US President Joe Biden about Russian President Vladimir Putin (“For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power!”) which many believed articulated a policy of regime change, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was compelled to issue a public clarification. “We do not,” Blinken told reporters,
“have a strategy of regime change in Russia or anywhere else for that matter.”


Tell that to the supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister, Imran Khan, who this past weekend was removed from power after a vote of no confidence in the Pakistani Parliament which many believe was orchestrated by the United States, who had grown increasingly wary of the former cricket star’s criticism of US policy in the region and the world.

The constitutional crisis which brought down Imran Khan will shape how Pakistan will fit into a new world order that is emerging from the fallout of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. At the heart of Pakistani crisis is the worsening of the country’s relations with the US. This relationship has always had an element of tension that had been covered over through the maintenance of an alliance of convenience which emerged in the aftermath of 9/11, where both Pakistan and the US found common cause in the defeat of radical Islamic fundamentalism in neighboring Afghanistan. The inability of the US-led coalition to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan led to a growing bitterness inside Pakistan, creating the conditions for Imran Khan’s rise to power in 2018. Khan was supported by the Pakistani military and intelligence services who, like Khan, had grown weary of an American “forever war” in Afghanistan which had bled over onto Pakistani soil, leading to tens of thousands of deaths and domestic unrest.



The current sour state of US-Pakistani relations more fully manifested itself after the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan in August 2020, and the subsequent Taliban victory. It was furthered when, on the eve of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, Khan visited Moscow for a high-profile meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meeting had been planned months prior, long before to the Russian decision to carry out its military operation in Ukraine. According to a statement made to the Pakistani Parliament on the eve of its no-confidence vote, the outgoing Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, a close political ally of Khan who serves as the vice-chairman of Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, “the national security adviser of the United States [Jake Sullivan] called our national security adviser [Moeed Yusuf] and categorically asked us not to proceed with the Russia tour.”

From the Pakistani point of view, the purpose of the delegation was to advocate dialogue and diplomacy, with Pakistan remaining a neutral party to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. “Where in the world does any sovereign state gets direction from other countries and which independent country accepts such directions?” Qureshi declared.

At the heart of Khan’s push to avoid a no-confidence vote in the Parliament was his assertion that the US has promised “severe consequences” for Pakistan if Khan was not removed from office through Parliamentarian action. According to Khan, Donald Lu, the Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, issued this warning to the Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed Khan, on March 7, 2022.

A US State Department spokesperson, Jalina Porter, noted in response that “there is absolutely no truth to these allegations.”

Imran Khan and his political allies have used the allegations of US interference to justify the dismissal of a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly the lower chamber of Pakistani parliament, where, because of recent defections, Khan’s party had lost majority control. Pakistan’s President, Arif Alvi, a close political ally of Khan, dissolved the Assembly and called for new elections in 90 days. Khan’s political opponents have questioned the constitutionality of these actions, and the case was subsequently heard by the Pakistani Supreme Court.
Khan’s conspiracy theories regarding US interference were mooted by the Pakistan Chief Justice, Jamal Khan Mandokhail, who questioned whether Khan had a right to discuss the reason behind the no-confidence vote, noting that the decision to have such a vote was derived from the fact that Khan’s party had lost its parliamentary majority, and not because of any foreign interference. The Supreme Court eventually ruled against Khan, paving the way for the vote of no-confidence.

Even with this set-back, Khan was not yet finished with his bid to try and hold onto power. Recognizing the reality that any challenge to the Supreme Court’s ruling is doomed, Khan sought to bring the powerful Pakistani Army and intelligence services on his side. Khan issued orders to replace the incumbent Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, with the former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief, Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, who had been appointed as Peshawar Corps Commander back in October 2021. Hameed was seen as someone who was more sympathetic to Khan’s position that the US was interfering with the internal affairs of Pakistan.


Pakistan won’t accept ‘imported government’ – Khan

Khan had been swept into power in 2018 on the strength of a third-party ticket that had the support of the Army. However, since that time, relations between him and his military had soured, reaching a culminating point when, last year, Khan opposed the appointment of Lieutenant General Nadeem Anjum, an acolyte of General Bajwa, as the new head of the ISI. Khan eventually relented, but not before drawing the ire of Bajwa, who began making public pronouncements critical of Khan’s policies toward India and Afghanistan. The animosity between Khan and Bajwa came to a head when, in late March 2022, Bajwa informed Khan that the Army was taking a neutral stance on the issue of the no-confidence vote, and that the Army did not agree with Khan’s assessment regarding US interference in the affairs of Pakistan.

Khan’s last-ditch attempt to replace Bajwa with his ally Hameed failed, and Khan had no choice but to respect the instructions of the Supreme Court and allow the vote of no confidence to proceed, leading to his ouster from office. Pakistani politics is a rough and tumble sport that leaves many of its participants bloodied, imprisoned, or dead. Khan’s tumultuous tenure as Prime Minister was no exception to this rule. Many of Khan’s problems were derived from his failure as a politician, leading to economic difficulties in Pakistan that undermined his popularity. Khan opted to exploit his populist approach to governing by using the collapse of the US position in Afghanistan to promulgate policies which sought to break with Pakistan’s history of leaning toward the West. These policies put him at odds with the Army and his political opposition, creating the ideal conditions for the implementation of classic US “soft power” tactics which rely on using US economic pressure to achieve a domestic political result.

To claim that the US was solely responsible for Imran Khan’s political demise is to depart from reality—Khan, in playing the anti-West populist card had sown the wind, and the negative reaction from the Army and the Pakistani population was the whirlwind he subsequently reaped. On the other hand, simply writing off Khan’s claims of undue influence is premature. To pretend that the US did not seek to exploit Pakistani domestic turmoil to push Khan from power likewise ignores the reality of US regime change policy today.



Soft-power regime change is about not being obvious—it is by design intended to exploit domestic political frailties and weaknesses to produce an outcome that shields the US from direct blame—hence the characteristic non-denial denials, where Washington doesn’t deny the Sullivan and Lu interactions with their Pakistani counterparts, only the malign intent attached to those conversations by Imran Khan.

Gone are the days of supporting military strongmen—US regime change policy today is executed using the tool of “democracy”, underwriting so-called “color revolutions” to remove elected officials who have run afoul of American geopolitical objectives. While the no-confidence vote that removed Imram Khan from power has not been formally designated as a “color revolution”, it achieved the same result. Simply put, if the US diplomatic interventions were, as Khan claimed, intended to hasten his departure from office, it would be regime change by any other name, despite Antony Blinken’s denials to the contrary. The fact that this conclusion is up for dispute can either be linked to the imagination of Khan, or the effectiveness of the US government in creating plausible deniability. One fact that is not in dispute is that the US is relieved not to have to deal with Pakistan’s populist former Prime Minister going forward.




TURBULENT TIMES AHEAD FOR PAKISTAN
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The sea of humanity that poured into the streets of different cities in Pakistan must have stunned the powers that be. Imran Khan may have woken up the Pakistani giant. It will be difficult to tame or subdue unless American-installed puppets are removed from power. America—and the Pakistan army—may have got rid of Imran Khan and put a government
of their choice in power but riding the Pakistani tiger will not be easy.

The odd assortment of opposition parties cobbled together under the watchful gaze of the army and amply rewarded by American largesse were united on one point: ouster of Imran Khan as prime minister. Going forward will not be easy no matter how much the establishment may paper over the differences.The three main parties—Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N), Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and Muttahida Majlis-e Amal (MMA)—that joined hands to topple Imran Khan’s government have nothing in common.

In the past, they have called their opponents thieves and rapists. These are all true. The ruthlessly ambitious opportunistic politicians will soon be at each other’s throats. It would
be fool-hardy to predict that these parties would get along and last until August 2023 when elections are officially due.

The party leaders and their mouth-pieces in the media kept on harping on the allegation that Imran Khan did not do anything during his three-year rule.  This is true.Imran Khan did not steal or open bank accounts abroad. He did not buy properties abroad (Avenfield Flats, How about Surrey Estates) He did not murder anyone nor did he allow the Americans to carry out drone attacks against Pakistani citizens or use Pakistani territory to attack Afghanistan. And, he did not lick the Americans’ boots either.  These are considered major sins in Pakistan.

When people get used to living as slaves, freedom is difficult to appreciate. Bilawal Zardari’s chortling in the National Assembly after the no-confidence vote against Imran Khan in the early hours of April 10 that ‘purana Pakistan’ is back meant that the days of slavery to America and plunder of state resources are here again. This is how his mother, father and both of his grand-fathers stole tons of money.

Asif Ali Zardari, a venal character, has little formal education. He is a feudal lord of very low IQ. During his wife’s two stints as prime minister, Zardari earned the epithet, ‘Mr. Ten Percent’. He took 10% commission on every project that was approved. In league with that other lowly creature, Fazlur Rahman (it is an insult to call him a maulana), Zardari used to smuggle diesel from Iran. Hence, he earned the title, ‘maulana diesel’.

As for the Sharif family—names can be very deceptive—they are a bunch of crooks.The former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif—doyen of the family—fled the country feigning low platelets. He is, however, barred from holding political office because he has been convicted of fraud, as is his dim-witted daughter Maryam Nawaz.  Pakistan’s newly-minted prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, installed through courtesy of America, not only faces money-laundering charges but was also responsible for the murder of a dozen innocent people in 2014.These will now be thrown out the window.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan that so enthusiastically took up the National Assembly deputy speaker’s dismissal of the no-confidence motion, has shown no interest in the murder charges against Shehbaz Sharif. This is not surprising. The chief justice, Umar Ata Bandial is related to leading lights in the PML-N through marriage.It’s all in the family!

Imran Khan had said that he was ousted from power through a foreign conspiracy. His opponents have ridiculed his claim. Is it too much to understand that America has been carrying out coups in other countries for decades?  Here is a short list: Iran (1953); Guatemala (1954); Vietnam (1963); Indonesia (1966); Chile (1973) and Ukraine (2014).

Why is it so far-fetched to believe that America wanted Imran Khan out because he was showing too much independence and that too of the wrong type: couching his defiance in Islamic terms. His replacement, Shehbaz Sharif has already said, “Beggars can’t be choosers”. He wants Pakistanis to remain as America’s beggars. This is his natural habitat.

The late Malcolm X had described such people as House Negroes as opposed to Field Negroes. The House Negro identified totally with the slave master while the Field Negro was the rebel, always trying to escape from slavery. If the slave master was sick, the House Negro would say: “What’s the matter master, are we sick?” This is what Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistani established are doing.  Their comfort zone is that of House Negroes of the American slave master.

They will, however, face a formidable challenge from the Pakistani masses that seem to have woken up and are overwhelmingly supportive of Imran Khan. This was immediately evident on April 10 night when millions of people across Pakistan in cities big and small, poured out into the street to express support for Imran Khan. Similar rallies were organized in other parts of the world including Dubai, London, Washington DC and Toronto.

It is clear that Imran Khan enjoys widespread support among the Pakistani masses. This, however, may turn out to be a double-edged sword for him.If the powers that be want to keep him out, they will likely subvert the process of elections. There are also fears that Imran Khan might be assassinated to get him out of the way. Should any of these options be exercised, there is no doubt that the country will erupt into total chaos.  The responsibility for such eventuality will fall squarely on the shoulders of those that go down this route. Pakistan is heading into uncharted territory.  For their petty personal ambitions, America’s slaves have put Pakistan’s very survival at risk.






MASS PROTESTS IN PAKISTAN AGAINST 'REGIME CHANGE'
https://www.rt.com/news/553648-mass-prot...istan-khan


Ex-PM Imran Khan said the country is headed for a new “freedom struggle,” blasting his ouster as “US-backed regime change”

Supporters of deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan's party rally in Karachi, Pakistan on April 10, 2022. © AP / Fareed Khan

Massive demonstrations rocked multiple Pakistani cities, including the country’s capital of Islamabad, on Sunday, with thousands taking to the streets to express their support for deposed Prime Minister Imran Khan. He was ousted by the country’s parliament in a successful no-confidence vote on Saturday. Khan blasted the vote as a foreign-backed regime change operation.

“Never have such crowds come out so spontaneously and in such numbers in our history, rejecting the imported govt led by crooks,” Khan said on Twitter, sharing footage of the protests.

The demonstrations were spearheaded by Khan’s PTI party, which called upon its members and supporters to take to the streets across the country.

Earlier in the day, Khan reiterated his allegations against the US, blaming his ouster on Washington and branding it a “regime change” operation aimed at bringing “into power a coterie of pliable crooks all out on bail.”
 
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The former PM also said the country was entering a new period of “freedom struggle” with the Pakistani people protecting “sovereignty and democracy” from a “foreign conspiracy of regime change.”

Previously, the politician claimed to have a recording obtained from the Pakistani ambassador in Washington proving the allegations. The US had firmly rejected such allegations, denying any involvement in the events.

Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a vote of no-confidence against Khan with 176 lawmakers out of 342 voting for the move to end his office term early. The PTI party effectively lost its parliamentary majority back in March, after seven MPs from its coalition party defected and joined the ranks of the opposition. Pakistan’s parliament is set to hold a vote to pick a new PM on Monday.
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