Are we #Kandahar? #Kuwait royal family member Sheikh Ali Jaber Al-Sabah criticizes his brother Defense Minister Sheikh Hamad Jaber Al-Sabah for issuing an order forcing women in the Armed Forces to wear hijab, not carry arms, not join physical training, & enlist only when needed.
...and the part of #Kuwait Defense Minister's order that raised most controversy is for #women to get a husband or father's written permission before joining the military. This forced an activist to ask: Is she joining a kindergarten or the military?

Are we becoming #Kandahar? Wearing hijab as a precondition for joining the military with prior consent of husband or father has stirred an uproar in #Kuwait. The brother of the Defense Minister issued a statement opposing the order. See Image

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Army chief #COAS General #QamarBajwa meets @eu_eeas's second top diplomat @SanninoEU in #Brussels and says "🇵🇰 values its relations with #EU 🇪🇺 countries and earnestly looks forward to enhance mutual cooperation based on common interests." /1 Image
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General Claudio Graziano. /2

#Pakistan's Military Diplomacy played a key role in restoring frayed ties between #Islamabad 🇵🇰 and the #EU 🇪🇺, helping temper a confrontational government policy toward #France in 2019-2020 that led to violent protests and resurgent extremism. /3

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Feb 13
The politics of boycotting films+sports due to #Israel links have failed. Most states in the region will not follow #Lebanon+#Kuwait's lead in banning #DeathOnTheNile; @GalGadot remains a popular artist. /1…
#Hezbollah (a proxy militia) controls #Lebanon policy, and #Kuwait politics are dominated by extremists & populists. I remember visiting Kuwait's Ministry of Information when Schindler's List was released to speak to officials about the ban in Kuwait. The lady official I spoke /2
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#Pakistan Army chief #COAS was at #Panjgur today, a district adjoining #Iran border where terrorists mounted a sophisticated attack on Feb 2. He visited the battle site and reviewed preparations "to fail hostile efforts to destabilize #Balochistan." /1
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Full #ISPR statement. /3
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#Pakistan Navy is the Deputy Commander in the largest maritime exercise in the Middle East & the largest unmanned naval exercise in the world #IMX22, playing a key role along with #US #UK #Egypt #UAE #Oman #Kenya+others /1
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#Pakistan's military releases first official statement on a terrorist attack in #Kech bordering #Iran & close to #Afghanistan that resulted in 10 soldiers and 1 terrorist killed, several attackers injured. 3 terrorists have been captured after an intense battle. /1
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