Imran Khan, a former prime minister of Pakistan, has failed to win over his political rivals with his threat to “quit the corrupt political system” and leave all of the assemblies where his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party is in power.
After failing to persuade the government to agree to his demand for early elections, they interpret Imran’s threat as an effort to “stay politically relevant.”
Instead of speaking to the current civilian government, he is directing his remarks at the new military leadership, an organization he has been criticized in recent months.
Observers believe Imran is attempting to convince the new army chief that they can cooperate.
The leader of the PTI party wants the military to persuade the government to hold elections before October of next year in order to prevent a protracted period of political instability and social unrest in the nation.
However, the majority of Imran’s political adversaries think he won’t let go of the Assemblies he controls because doing so could cause a rift among PTI lawmakers.
In Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan, his party is in charge.
A bluffing game?
Speaking at a well-attended rally in Rehmanabad, Rawalpindi, on Friday, Imran declared that his party would no longer be a part of the “corrupt political system,” where those accused of committing billions in corruption were allowed to escape punishment.
He did not specify a deadline to leave the Assemblies, however, leaving the matter open.
After consulting with the chief ministers of his party in these four provinces, he said he would make a final decision on the matter.
Imran also made the decision to halt his lengthy march and asked his supporters not to enter the nation’s capital, Islamabad, as he had originally planned to do because he did not want unrest in the nation.
However, the majority of observers believe that his attempt to play the statesman was made from a weak political position after he was unable to pressure the government into calling early elections.
When he was unable to have an impact on the selection of the new army chief, Imran lost a significant amount of political momentum.
As the head of the opposition in parliament, he had made an effort to put pressure on the government to consult him before making the crucial choice.
Asim Munir will take over as the new army chief, replacing Gen. Qamar Javad Bajwa, whose term is set to expire on November 29. This was announced on Thursday by the Shehbaz Sharif-led Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) government.
Since 2016, Bajwa has been in charge of the army.
Because of Imran Khan’s tenacious campaign against the army and its propensity to meddle in domestic politics, there was a lot of speculation regarding the selection of the new army chief in Pakistani political circles.
Imran, who was ousted as prime minister in April after losing a vote of confidence in parliament, claimed that the army and the US government were behind the plot to remove him due to his outspoken opposition to US meddling in Pakistan’s internal affairs.
Particularly among the nation’s younger generation, Imran’s campaign against dishonest politicians, US involvement, and the army had been gaining a lot of traction lately.
On October 28, he started his “long march” from Lahore to Islamabad in an effort to pressure the Sharif administration into granting his demand for early elections.
In October 2023, Pakistan will hold parliamentary elections.
However, Imran seems to have lost a lot of momentum as a result of the Sharif government’s choice to name Munir as the new army chief.
Munir served as Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) director general for just eight months, one of the shortest periods in the agency’s history. When Imran was prime minister, Faiz Hamid, a favorite of Imran, took Munir’s place.
Pakistan’s puppet master
Bajwa had previously spoken out against the army getting involved in domestic politics.
He had admitted that this was the main cause of the public’s negative perception of the army in Pakistan.
In Pakistan, where the military has ruled for 50 of the country’s 75 years, the army chief has traditionally held more power than the prime minister.
Since each one of them was ousted from office by the army, no Pakistani prime minister has yet been able to serve out the full five-year term.
The Pakistan People’s Party of the Bhuttos and the Pakistani Muslim League of the Sharifs were the two main political parties at the time, and the army was searching for a third option when it brought Imran to power.
Nevertheless, the highest echelons of the military establishment began looking for a new prime minister when he failed to revive the economy and improve Pakistan’s tense relations with the US while at odds with the army over important appointments.
Why Imran wants elections now
The most well-liked leader in Pakistan right now, however, is Imran. If elections were held right now, he would win hands down.
In the same vein, the PDM coalition, led by Sharif, is hesitant to call early elections.
Accepting the IMF’s requirements to end subsidies in order to revive the ailing economy has made it quite unpopular with the general public.
The government will have some breathing room to boost the economy and announce new subsidies to lessen pressure on the general public if elections are held as planned — only in October of next year.
Donald Trump Reinstated to Facebook, Instagram after 2-year Ban
Facebook parent company, Meta, has decided to lift the two-year suspension of former President Donald Trump’s personal account. The suspension was put in place following the January 6 insurrection. In a blog post, the company stated that they are implementing new measures to prevent future violations of their rules by political candidates or world leaders. The company believes that the public should have access to the statements made by politicians, whether they are positive or negative, so that they can make informed decisions. The new guardrails will be put in place to ensure that there are no repeat offenders. The company also emphasised that they will take action against any individual who violates their rules, regardless of their status or position. The decision to lift the suspension has been met with mixed reactions, with some praising the move as a necessary step towards free speech while others criticise it as a potential threat to public safety.
According to Nick Clegg, Vice President of Global Affairs for Meta, the public has the right to know what their politicians are saying, whether it is positive or negative. This is important because it allows citizens to make informed choices when they vote.
Clegg stated that the public should be aware of the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the statements made by politicians. This way, they can make informed decisions at the ballot box. Clegg believes that this is essential for a healthy democracy and that it is important for the public to have access to the statements made by politicians, regardless of whether they agree with them or not. He also emphasized that the company will put in place new guardrails to ensure that there are no repeat offenders who violate its rules, even if they are political candidates or world leaders. Clegg believes that this is necessary to keep the public informed and to ensure that democracy works as it should.
Facebook’s decision to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s personal account has significant implications for his potential third run for the White House. Not only does it allow him to communicate directly with his 34 million followers – a significantly larger audience than the 4.8 million who currently follow him on his own site, Truth Social – but it also allows him to resume direct fundraising. Facebook was a crucial source of fundraising revenue for Trump’s campaigns, which spent millions of dollars on the company’s ads in 2016 and 2020.
During the suspension, his supporters were able to raise money for him, but they couldn’t run ads directly from him or in his voice. Trump has criticized Facebook’s decision to suspend his account and praised Truth Social, stating that this should never happen to a sitting President or anyone else who is not deserving of retribution. Other social media companies, including Snapchat, where he remains suspended, also removed him from their platforms following the insurrection.
7 Dead in Half Moon Bay Mass Shooting
The small beach-side community of Half Moon Bay in California has been left reeling after a tragic event that saw at least seven individuals lose their lives in a pair of related shootings. This act of violence comes just two days after another mass shooting that resulted in the deaths of 11 people in Monterey Park. The perpetrator of these shootings is said to be a 67-year-old resident of Half Moon Bay.
According to reports, the individual is accused of opening fire at two rural locations that were located around a mile apart from each other. In the process, some of the victims were shot in front of children who lived nearby and had just been released from school.
The San Mateo County Sheriff, Christina Corpus, has expressed her shock and sorrow at the incident. She stated that “These types of shootings are devastating and unfortunately, all too common.” For children to witness this is unspeakable.” The sheriff’s department and local authorities are now investigating the matter, and the perpetrator is being held in custody.
The community is in shock as they try to come to terms with the tragic event that has occurred. People are struggling to understand how something like this could happen in their small town, and many are questioning what could have been done to prevent it. The families of the victims are in the thoughts and prayers of the entire community as they try to come to terms with their loss.
This tragic event serves as yet another reminder of the need for stricter gun laws and a more robust mental health support system in the United States. It is a call to action for the government and the public to come together and take steps to prevent such senseless acts of violence from happening again in the future. The shooter, thought to be an employee at a local farm or nursery, was apprehended by authorities shortly after the incident. The victims are also believed to have been workers at nearby farms, according to officials.
Deputies of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office discovered four victims who were shot to death in the 12700 block of San Mateo Road, an unincorporated area of the county, around 2:30 p.m. A fifth victim was also located and rushed to Stanford Medical Center with critical injuries, as per the statement issued by the Sheriff’s office. A short while later, deputies found three more victims who had died due to apparent gunshot wounds, about a mile away, in the 2100 block of Cabrillo Highway.
According to Sheriff Corpus, the suspect is thought to have traveled between the two locations, shooting the unidentified victims at each site. The reason behind the shootings is yet to be determined, as per the statement given by the sheriff’s officials. The shooting suspect, Chunli Zhao, was located sitting in his car at the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office substation in Half Moon Bay at around 4:40 p.m. Video footage from ABC 7 shows deputies apprehending a man, who was wearing a white cap, vest, and red long-sleeve shirt in the parking lot.
Bengaluru will Witness 187 Tata e-Buses in Four Months
The Grand Challenge plan of Convergence Energy Services Ltd (CESL), a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Union power ministry, aims to bring about a significant shift towards electric transportation in India. As part of this plan, 1,500 non-AC electric buses were allocated to the city of Bengaluru on a gross cost contract, also known as a lease model. CESL invited tenders for the operation and maintenance of these buses, and Tata Motors submitted a quote of Rs 41 per kilometer (including the cost of the driver) for a period of 12 years.
However, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) has shown interest in inducting only 921 of these e-buses so far. Of these, 187 will be inducted in the next four months, with the remainder to be added by 2025. The BMTC is setting up charging stations at Shantinagar, KR Puram, and Hoskote depots to support these buses.
The adoption of electric buses in Bengaluru represents a significant step towards the goal of reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Electric buses produce zero emissions and are significantly quieter than their diesel counterparts, making them a more environmentally friendly and less disruptive mode of transportation. In addition, the cost of operating electric buses is generally lower than that of diesel buses, as electricity is generally cheaper than diesel fuel.
However, the transition to electric buses is not without its challenges. One of the main challenges is the need to set up infrastructure to support these vehicles, including charging stations and maintenance facilities. In addition, there is a need to address issues related to the availability and reliability of electric bus batteries, as well as the potential for battery waste.
Another challenge is the upfront cost of purchasing electric buses, which is generally higher than that of diesel buses. However, this cost is offset by the lower operating costs and reduced maintenance requirements of electric buses. In addition, various government incentives are available to encourage the adoption of electric buses, including subsidies and tax credits.
Despite these challenges, the adoption of electric buses in Bengaluru holds great potential for improving the quality of life in the city and reducing its environmental impact. The success of this project could serve as a model for other cities in India and around the world looking to transition to electric transportation.
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