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Apr 10 9 tweets 7 min read
Thoughts on #ImranKhan: I met him briefly at @AJEnglish studios where we spoke about #Guantanamo. He was disgusted by #Pakistan’s role in handing ppl to US without any legal process like #Afghanistan ambassador to Pakistan @abdulsalamzaeef and me. 1/9
I met him again in 2011 at an event for girls’ library in Afghanistan organised by @yvonneridley. We spoke about #WoT, #Gitmo & #AafiaSiddiqui for whom he’d fought. CIA’s Raymond Davies had killed 3 Pakistanis in #Lahore & we discussed how this was the moment to get her back. 2/9
Khan opposed #WaronTerror from the outset. He marched in #London against #Iraq invasion. After becoming PM he bought peace and security to tribal areas and ended US drone strikes. He sought peace with #Taliban & honoured ppl of #Afghanistan. 3/9
He’s tried to remove the nation’s subservience to #USA which ruined #Pakistan. His silence on #Aafia and refusal to criticise #China’s treatment of #Uyghurs blemishes his record but Khan was not like any of his predecessors. His integrity & vision gave hope to all. 4/9
He was the 1st Pakistani PM in decades who didn’t have huge mansions in Europe & millions in offshore banks stolen from the nation. He sought to change how Pakistan is viewed outside & sees itself by speaking about faith, dignity, self-respect, accountability & justice. 5/9
His constant reference to #Islam, the #Madina model, enjoining good and forbidding evil, following the straight path, respecting minorities and reminding the nation that it was built on لا اله إلا الله meant that his enemies would multiply. 6/9
Khan’s determination to account
career politicians and dynasties that have bled the nation of its wealth and dignity through years of corruption and theft and, his refusal to tow the US line while speaking against #Islamophobia at the #UN sealed his fate in the short term. 7/9
However, it’s my belief that he’ll be back stronger, with the backing of both the nation and its expats who are desperate to see #Pakistan as a land associated with principles, prosperity and dignity. What Khan began was a change that may take generations to realise. 8/9
But he set the ball in motion & no one will welcome a return to the corruption of the past without a fight on their hands. It’s time for Pakistanis everywhere to return to their faith, stand dignified and reject all forms of filth, corruption and servitude to all but Allah. 9/9

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Aug 19, 2021
1. US invaded #Afghanistan after #Taliban refused to hand over Bin Laden after 9/11 attacks.
2. US invaded #Iraq based on tortured “confession” of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi that AQ was working with #Saddam to get WMDs.
3. But, just like AQ, there no WMDs in Iraq - until invasion.
4. Abu Musab al-#Zarqawi left Afghanistan to set up AQI in Iraq to fight US.
5. His tactics were so brutal than even AQ central tried to curb them.
6. Shia and Sunni groups who’d both fought occupiers turned on each other while US back one against the other.
7. Abu Ghraib abuse images shocked the world but Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (#torture) first used in Kandahar, Bagram and #CIA ‘black sites.’
8. Alleged AQ & Taliban captives sent to #Guantanamo where General Geoffrey Miller applied US approved torture methods.
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Apr 27, 2021
What a coincidence. In a major new report, Israel has been accused by Human Rights Watch for carrying out “crimes against humanity” with the use of a system of “apartheid and persecution” against the Palestinians of Gaza and the West Bank. 1/6
Simultaneously, in the week that police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, a devastating report published in the US has described police shootings of people of African decenct as “crimes against humanity.” 2/6
In both the case of Israeli state and the US police, the reports have called for a the culprit nations to be prosecuted at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Unfortunately, that’s where my optimism ends. 3/6
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Jan 7, 2021
One of the rioters killed by police in Washington identified as Ashli Babbit, a 14-year veteran who served four tours with USAF as a 'high level security official.' That means she took part in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia or Syria or in the rendition of prisoners to Guantanamo 1/4
or other secret prisons. Of course, none of that matters because she was serving her country. In fact, even those who oppose Trump probably praise her service record and would otherwise have seen her as a true patriot because of it. 2/4
Now that she's been identified as part of an "insurrection" against the very nation she claimed to serve I wonder if anyone will question the machinery and system that sewed her path to violent confrontation, like they've done with Muslims for the past two decades 3/4
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Dec 17, 2019
Don't welcome news of any death sentence but, under his leadership Pakistan was used by CIA to kidnap people from their homes in the middle of the night, in front of their families. I will never forget the night Pakistani ISI and US CIA agents stormed
into my house in the middle of the night and shutting out my life for the next three years. Musharraf boasted in his book - published by the same people who published my book - that he received "millions of dollars in bounty money" for all those he handed over.
It was under Musharraf that Pakistani airspace was used to allow bombing missions into Afghanistan that killed thousands. It was under this man that war flared up in the KPK (NWFP) region and armed UAV (drones) began targeted assassinations and brutal internal conflict.
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