Meanwhile, in #Pakistan, the country's political+military leaders are held hostage by extremist Islamists, literally forced to reconfirm their allegiance to Islam! The hordes threaten to storm the capital. Perfect script for a historical drama reliving 11th century in 21st. #TLP
...meanwhile, in #Islamabad, which resembles #Baghdad just before the Mongols stormed it. [Or #Rome as Nero fiddles]

Reported divisions within PM #ImranKhan Govt on how to deal with banned #TLP religious group threatening to storm #Pakistan capital #Islamabad. Meanwhile, discontent inside Punjab Police, where officers believe Govt and state abandoned them before religious extremists.
Religious extremists [armed with firearms, according to Govt] almost take over #Wazirabad, an industrial city 100 km from #Pakistan's second largest city #Lahore, on the route to capital #Islamabad. They're staying put pending negotiations with PM #ImranKhan's government.
To sum it up: #Pakistan's Govt and extremists are locked in a duel over who defends Prophet Mohammed PBUH more. 56 other #Muslim-majority countries are clueless what the fight is about; no media coverage so their extremists are not inspired by Pakistan's events.
#Oman receives top #France lawmaker involved in defense policy [] as the Govt in neighboring #Pakistan is paralyzed by demands to sever ties w/ Paris. Other Muslim-majority nations [ie #Kuwait #Egypt #Indonesia #Turkey] expand ties:

Courage: In government deliberations Federal Minister @fawadchaudhry emerged as a strong voice in defense of Punjab Police @OfficialDPRPP. He has warned that abandoning the Police in front of an extremist group and refusing to arm them will "weaken" the #Pakistan state.

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