United States (US) President Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia’s king “might not be there for two weeks” without US military support, further increasing his pressure on one of America’s closest Mideast allies over rising oil prices. As crude oil prices reach a four-year high, Trump repeatedly has demanded OPEC and Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil exporter, push prices down. Read more: Shireen Mazari calls out Trump’s ignorance on US role in destabilising ME However, analysts are warning prices could go up to $100 a barrel as the world’s production is already stretched and Trump’s sanctions on Iran’s oil industry take effect in early November. Criticising America’s longstanding military relationships with allies has been a hallmark of Trump’s presidential campaign and his time in office. Trump returned to that theme Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, mentioning both Japan and South Korea. However, Trump’s comments on Saudi Arabia implied the kingdom’s Al Saud monarchy, which oversees the holiest sites in Islam, would collapse without American military support. “We protect Saudi Arabia, would you say they’re rich?” Trump asked the cheering crowd. “And I love the king, King Salman, but I said, ‘King we’re protecting you. You might not be there for two weeks without us. You have to pay for your military, you have to pay.’” Trump didn’t elaborate on when he made the comments to Saud Arabia’s 82-year-old monarch. Trump and King Salman last shared a reported telephone call on Saturday, in which they discussed “efforts to maintain supplies to [Read More…]
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Naeemul Haque on Wednesday apologised to the prime minister's former adviser on foreign affairs, Tariq Fatemi, for an earlier tweet in which the former insinuated that Fatemi had not really been removed from his post. Tariq Fatemi's portfolio as the PM's adviser on foreign affairs had been withdrawn in the wake of an inquiry into a story published by Dawn last year. It is as yet not clear what the charge against him had been in connection with the affair. Talking to reporters in Islamabad, Haque, who is PTI Chairman Imran Khan's chief of staff, said his tweet was based on wrong information. He apologised to the former adviser, taking note that that Fatemi is a "very senior diplomat". Haque had tweeted a picture on Tuesday, saying: "Nawaz continues to deceive the nation. Tariq Fatemi accompanying him in China. So his being relieved of his duties was a lie. What a farce." The PTI leader acknowledged that fellow lawmaker Shireen Mazari had also tweeted on the matter, and that, "Shah Mehmood Qureshi even raised the issue on the floor of the National Assembly." Haque told reporters, with a smile on his face, that they were collectively misinformed. The picture they had been outraged about had, in fact, been taken in the past. The tweets were subsequently deleted from the PTI leaders' accounts.
We need a strong, independent foreign policy to deal with the changing global power dynamic. This was stated by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) parliamentarian Dr Shireen Mazari at a seminar titled “Changing Global Power Dynamics and Challenges for Foreign Policy of Pakistan”, organised by SDPI in Islamabad on Monday, according to a press release. Dr Mazari said that as of today, Pakistan did not have any active or proactive foreign policy, even with regards to India or Afghanistan. She said our foreign policy actions are mostly based on reactions to events. She added that after Donald Trump’s victory in the recent US presidential elections, there has been an increase in tensions along the Line of Control (LoC), which needs to be considered. Dr Mazari said that the US had never accepted Pakistan’s nuclear status, and wanted to destabilise Pakistan. ‘We have done no diplomacy on our nuclear program and are solely dependent on China,” she said. “We need to evolve an issue-specific relationship with the US and look in our strategic interest, as we can’t keep hoping that US would come and help us and will be kind to us,” she added. While commenting on the US elections, Dr Mazari said that Trump’s victory was in line with the global rise of right wing politicians. Defense analyst Gen (retd) Amjad Shoaib said that it was a difficult time for our foreign policy and foreign office to shape future course of actions when there was a global shift in alliances. He added [Read More…]
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s Shireen Mazari seeking the disqualification of Defence Minister Khawaja Asif over his remarks during a National Assembly session in June. During a debate in the House on June 8, Asif had pointed towards Mazari and said, “someone make this tractor trolley keep quiet.” The minister then went on to ask the PTI leader to transform her “masculine voice into a more feminine one.” Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC dismissed the petition as non-maintainable after hearing arguments from Mazari’s counsel Barrister Shoaib Razzaq. The court had directed Mazari’s counsel to argue over how a matter related to National Assembly proceedings could be taken up by the court. In his remarks, Justice Minallah asked if the PTI, being one of the largest political parties, took any action following the incident. Did the party make any efforts to table a bill in this regard, he said, adding if the petitioner had approached police for the registration of a case against Asif. Parliamentary privilege: Court asks why should petition against Khawja Asif stand The judge also inquired as to what action had been taken when the petitioner was not satisfied with how the matter was dealt inside the parliament. He added that court could not interfere in such matters keeping in view Article 69 (courts not to inquire into the proceedings of parliament) of the Constitution as it provided parliamentary privilege to MNAs. Earlier, Mazari had requested the court to direct the National Assembly speaker to initiate disciplinary [Read More…]
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shireen Mazari on Saturday protested against JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah for verbally abusing human rights activist Marvi Sirmed on a TV talk show. Raising the issue during a National Assembly session, Mazari urged lawmakers to take notice of incidents of abuse against women. JUI-F leader allegedly assaults woman rights activist on TV show “Raised Marvi Sirmed issue and condemned JUI-F Senator in NA this morning! But PML-N women MNAs shamefully continuing to belittle abuse of women,” Mazari tweeted. Raised @marvisirmed issue & condemned JUIF Senator in NA this morning! But PMLN women MNAs shamefully continuing to belittle abuse of women — Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) June 11, 2016 Shameful & condemnable attack on @marvisirmed by JUIF Senator on TV show but not surprising as women being abused & violated ad nauseum here — Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) June 10, 2016 Human rights activist Marvi Sirmed was allegedly assaulted by a Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) leader during the recording of a TV show at a private news channel on Friday. Soon after the incident, Sirmed tweeted about it. “I have just undergone a very traumatic experience at a News One programme [Nadia Mirza Show] when Hafiz Hamdullah of JUI-F got angry,” the woman activist said. Describing the incident, Sirmed said: “On a comment by Barrister Masroor. On my turn, I started by saying ‘I agree with Masroor sahib to the extent that’ and here Hamdullah went on and on with his rudeness.” But, according to the columnist, when she responded [Read More…]