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Apr 27 β€’ 7 tweets β€’ 8 min read
April is proving to be a historic month in modern history of #Pakistan. After Supreme Court intervention and Parliament vote that ousted ex-PM for first time in 75 years, πŸ‡΅πŸ‡° now has the youngest Foreign Minister in its history: @BBhuttoZardari. /1

This image, courtesy @PresOfPakistan, is another first for #Pakistan and exemplifies how PM @CMShehbaz is uniting a politically divided πŸ‡΅πŸ‡°: a @PTIofficial President joins a @pmln_org Prime Minister in administering oath to a @PPP_Org Foreign Minister. /2
History made: Another reason why this April and this Foreign Minister is significant. This illustration shared by Senator @SeharKamran shows @BBhuttoZardari, his mother the late PM πŸ‡΅πŸ‡°, and his grandfather, ex-PM & ex-FM of #Pakistan, taking oath to serve/3
#Pakistan's young Foreign Minister @BBhuttoZardari, 33, is worldly and articulate. Many in his country sat up and noticed his abilities when he gave this interview on the sidelines of @wef in Jan 2018. He was 29. /4

#Pakistan's political parties are exhibiting wisdom and maturity, managing differences and national interests. One reason why the world is ready to work with prudent leadership in πŸ‡΅πŸ‡°.

Main takeaway from the scenes at @BBhuttoZardari's oath of office. /5

#Pakistan's youngest Foreign Minister @BBhuttoZardari feted at #Islam's second holiest site at #Madinah #SaudiArabia, which is also his first official foreign engagement as FM. /6

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Apr 25
Ex-PM #ImranKhan dragged #Cuba into domestic #Pakistan politics by using sanctions on Cuban people as something Pakistanis should look up to. This cynical analogy was unfair to both great nations. One more damage from the previous govt added to PM @CMShehbaz's repair list.
Federal Minister @betterpakistan represents many Pakistanis who believe #Pakistan should not be like #Cuba/#NorthKorea; and is within his rights to respond to the statement by ex-PM #ImranKhan who advised Pakistanis at an international forum to learn to live under sanctions.
#Pakistan and #Cuba enjoy excellent ties. But first the ex-PM dragged Cuba into Pak politics, and when a Minister @betterpakistan responded to the ex-PM, the Ambassador of Cuba apparently indirectly came to ex-PM's defense. This looks like an attempt to meddle in πŸ‡΅πŸ‡° politics.
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Apr 22
Just in

#Pakistan's top security forum, the #NSC, attended by top Govt, military, and intelligence officials, chaired by PM @CMShehbaz, concludes there is no "foreign conspiracy" behind ex-PM #ImranKhan's exit from power after he lost parliamentary majority and was voted out. /1
Ex-PM #ImranKhan's conspiracy claim debunked by #Pakistan's top security forum:

"NSC discussed telegram from πŸ‡΅πŸ‡° Emb in πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (...) informed by premier security agencies they found no evidence of any conspiracy (...) The NSC (...) concludes there has been no foreign conspiracy." /2
Today's National Security Committee of the Cabinet is more credible than the Mar 31 meet that ex-PM #ImranKhan politicized. This meeting is strengthened by the presence of Amb @asadmk17, ex-Washington, the Amb who wrote the cable and briefed the NSC. /3
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Apr 21
Ex-PM #ImranKhan addressing a rally. Entire focus is on incitement, using vocabulary reminiscent of 1960s Mideast: conspiracy+colonialism+anti-Americanism+religion; & 15yo drone attacks. Xenophobia was used as a political tool for yrs. Khan has hijacked it to unsettle #Pakistan.
Besides the above, ex-PM's strategy is to present himself as a victim of alleged international conspiracy instead of accountability for why his govt crashed under inexperience+mismanagement, squandering an impressive 2018 victory. /2
Part of the victimhood narrative is a claim that a pro-#ImranKhan TV channel is blocked in cable broadcasts across the country. But moments ago, #Pakistan's TV regulator called out this disinformation: /3

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Apr 20
Picture of the day: What kosher/halal #American intervention in #Pakistan politics looks like.
Ex-PM #ImranKhan, who protested #US figures/officials meeting #Pakistan politicians as meddling and conspiracy, receives American lawmaker and welcomes her support for his party.


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Apr 19
Former Federal Minister Dr @ShireenMazari1: Parliament Committee approves Sikandar Sultan Raja as Chief Election Commissioner through consensus after 13 sessions.

Ex-PM @ImranKhanPTI: Establishment/Military suggested the name of chief election Commissioner. /1
DeC 2019 - then Federal Minister tells media after chairing a parliamentary committee meeting representing all political parties that a consensus is developing over a candidate's name for chief election commissioner acceptable to all, including to #PTI. /2
Jan 2020 - Fed Min Dr. Shireen Mazari announces Sikandar Sultan Raja is a consensus candidate of political parties for Chief Election Commissioner. Including for then ruling #PTI. No impression the name came from the military as ex-PM now claims. /3

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Apr 16
A probe is underway into links bw #Pakistan's former Amb in Washington to then #PTIGovernment. Probe to determine if Amb was a candidate for appointment as Foreign Secretary. His diplomatic cable was compromised to produce a #US conspiracy claim used by ex-PM to create a crisis.
Determining the nature of links between the former Ambassador in Washington and the #PTI-led government is key to understanding his role in creating a serious constitutional, political, and foreign policy crisis that has unsettled #Pakistan. /2

The Ambassador is a consummate diplomat who reconnected Pakistani public diplomacy with the Washington elite and American society in a new way after a long break. How his good work was converted into a hit job targeting #Pakistan-#US ties will inevitably face scrutiny. /3
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