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12 Jan, 4 tweets, 1 min read
"Imagine if all of New York City was put under an information lockdown and a curfew managed by hundreds of thousands of soldiers. Imagine the streets of your city remapped by razor wire and torture centers. Imagine if mini Abu Ghraibs appeared in your neighborhoods...
Imagine thousands of you being arrested and your families not knowing where you have been taken. Imagine not being able to communicate with anybody, not your neighbor, not your loved ones outside the city, no one in the outside world, for weeks together. Imagine banks...
and schools being closed, children locked into their homes. Imagine your parent, sibling, partner, or child dying and you not knowing about it for weeks. Imagine the medical emergencies, the mental-health emergencies, the legal emergencies, the shortages of food, money, gasoline.
Imagine, being a day laborer or a contract worker, earning nothing for weeks on end. And then imagine being told that all of this was for your own good."
Arundhati Roy about Kashmir seige in her book Azadi

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12 Jan
Arundhati Roy writes in her book 'Azadi',

"Fundamentally, India is in many ways still an empire, its territories held together by its armed forces and administered from Delhi, which, for most of her subjects, is as distant as any foreign metropole."
On a fateful day in February 2020, policemen were seen forcing a few injured men lying on the streets of Delhi to sing the national anthem. One of them was beaten by the police with metal rods which had made his entire body black. His name was Faizan.

His only fault was to look for his mother, who would attend the peaceful anti-Citizen Amendment Act protests. He died a few days later.

Another such story is that of Tabrez who was lynched in June 2019. He was an orphan, raised by his uncles in the state of Jharkhand.

Read 22 tweets
10 Jan
اس بات کو سمجھیں کہ کچھ لوگ عمران خان کی حمایت نظریاتی طور پر کرتے آئے ہیں، جبکہ کچھ وہ ہیں جنہوں نے صرف سب کا رجحان دیکھ کر ووٹ کیا تھا تاکہ کہیں وہ پیچھے نہ رہ جائیں. یہ وہ لوگ ہیں جو اپنی زندگی کے فیصلے صرف اس بنیاد پر کرتے ہیں کہ اس فیصلے سے لوگوں کے ذہنوں میں انکا کیا ۔۔۔
خاکہ بنے گا۔ ان سے آپ کبھی توقع نا رکھیں کہ یہ لوگ کسی بھی مشکل وقت میں عمران خان کے ساتھ کھڑے ہونگے، کیونکہ ہوا کے رخ کے خلاف جانا انکی فطرت میں ہی نہیں۔ یہی لوگ اکثر ہمیشہ عمران خان کو ووٹ دینے کے پچتاوے کا ذکر کرتے ہیں۔
مزے کی بات یہ ہے کہ اگر ایسے لوگوں کی آپ پرانی ٹویٹس تلاش کریں تو الیکشن سے ایک مہینہ پہلے عمران خان کو گالیاں دے رہے ہونگے، الیکشن کے دنوں میں اس کے حمایتی بنے ہونگے، اور اس کے دو مہینے بعد سے لے کر آج تک عمران خان کو دوبارہ گالیاں دے رہے ہونگے۔
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10 Jan
All civilization see a rise and fall at some point in time. When one civilization is at its peak, its inventions might be a marvel for people from another civilization who have not yet gone through the evolutionary process of reaching the apex.
Today, we are awed by the discoveries made in the west but there was a time when it was the other way round. In 802, Roman Emperor Charlemagne, also called Charles the Great sent a mission of friendship to the court of Abbasid Caliph Harun-ul-Rashid.
Harun accepted his friendship, sent gifts for him like silk, brass candelabra, perfume and many other things. The gift that most awed the court of Charlemagne was a gilded bronze clock. No such thing existed in all of Europe at that time. Modern French historian André Clot
Read 6 tweets
11 Dec 20
NED is a US government organization that funds organization across the globe to serve their interests. They have just accepted that they are supporting Uyghur groups since 2004. You know what NED funds in Pakistan? Naya Daur and PTM.
As we have seen the kind of journalism and activism that Naya Daur and PTM does, it will not be a surprise if most of the Uyghur related stories you read online are made-up stuff. This admission comes at the back of US remove ETIM from terror list.
Now what is ETIM? East Turkistan Islamic Movement is a Uyghur terrorist organization, that has been involved in terrorism in many countries, including Pakistan. Their major aim is to separate Xinjiang from China to make it independent.
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10 Dec 20
You must be wondering what is fifth generation warfare? To understand that, it is important to understand previous generations. There are two primary drivers for generational shift in warfare, technology and ideas. As these two drivers advance, new generations of warfare are 1/n
developed. Though it doesn't mean that the old generations would stop, since those nations who do not have the means for the new generation would still keep at them.
The rise of nation states after the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia started a new era of modern warfare.

It began first generation, in which war was mainly characterized by use of smoothbore muskets, tactics of line and column of military formation. War was mainly fought between nation-states.

Industrial revolution came with second generation as technological improvement

Read 12 tweets
10 Dec 20
Hussain Haqqani who is the member of SAATH Forum, has been mentioned by @DisinfoEU report. Many other SAATH forum members have also been involved if we dig a bit deeper.
Among organizations that benefit from the whole network is so-called "Balochistan Human Rights Council (BHRC)". SAATH forum members Taha Siddiqui and Ahmed Waqas Goraya recently addressed one of their Webinars.
Remember Mama Qadeer? He also appears on the same forum. Mama Qadeer was the one who was asking India for arms and ammunition to fight against Pakistan. He was also actively supported by Hamid Mir in his early days in Pakistan.
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