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14 May
Third Temple and Al-Aqsa [Thread]
Why rise of attacks on Al-Aqsa?
Evert conflict has multiple dimensions just like Kashmir the case of Palestine is not just a nationalist cause but also a religious as well. First, for the reason that majority of the victims are Muslims. 1/13
But before that without considering the historical background & ideological foundations no conflict can be understood. No matter how much you present the narrative of Palestine, a national case, ground realities, history & facts negate such narrative. 2/13
After World war constant struggle by the Zionists finally helped them to establish an independent state. Israel was established on religious/ ideological foundations in the light of Balfour Deceleration. 3/13 Image
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12 May
Moon Sighting [Thread]
[Tradition vs Science]
Once again in Pakistan, we are having this controversy regarding the Sighting of the moon. The idea behind writing on this issue is to clarify misconceptions revolving around this topic. 1/14
The problem with the likes of Fawad Chaudry is that they neither understand science nor religion. They are just good at selling their world view in the name of “Enlightenment” 2/14
First, before driving any ruling the person must be fully aware of the foundations of Islamic jurisprudence. You cannot just give rulings based on your own understanding of the concepts especially when it comes to religious practices. 3/14
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11 May
All those who still are unable to understand What's going on in Israel. In simple words, it is a plan similar to Kargil's plan that is being successfully played on the ground in Israel.
So Let me elaborate it a little further but before that Let me clarify I said similar to Kargil. How? Let me explain.
It started with Israel's brutal crackdown on Palestinian due to the Israel victory day celebration. Moreover, the attack on Al-Aqsa on Ramadan mobilized every1/n
Palestinian, Israel thought would easily handle the situation under their territory.
- Caught up with a surprising response from Palestinian Resistane, Hamas overcoming Israeli defense lines.
- Israel considered it a normal clash, miscalculated, now Joint ops room (JOP) 2/n
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11 May
Analysis
In May 2019, the rate of Hamas rocket fire was the highest in History, where Hamas fired 700 rockets in 48 Hours. S-40 a locally made was also introduced for the First time to overcome Iron Dome Defense System. As I mentioned earlier they were already preparing 1/n
Here is a thread for Background. But another interesting thing during this standoff is that Islamic Jihad & Hamas avoided being hit during IDF, "Precisely munition" strikes, the causality is relatively very much less.
Hamas till now haven't used best 2/n
of What they have. But in the case of Land invasion & Hezbollah joining the war, it would be interesting how will IDF deal with Hezbollah barrages of Fajr-3 & Fajr- 5 (240mm to 333mm).
Lastly, this time it's not Hamas but Joint Operation Room involving all factions. I will 3/n
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11 May
Is Hamas a Mossad proxy [Thread]
All those who advocate for Political solutions hold such opinion that Armed resistance is counter-productive. Infact many called Afghan resistance a US proxy to legitimize Afgh occupation while many called Burhan Wani & Zakir Musa Raw spies. 1/10
The biggest flaw in this discourse is considering the whole Resistance as "subjective" be it in Kashmir or be it in Palestine. Infiltrations are part of the conflict but in both regions, movements revolve around ideology & cause, not individuals which minimize such sabotage.- 2
Moreover in this particular case, the rockets were not launched just by Hamas but by the Joint operation rooms implying this means the whole resistance is on the payroll of Israel, under this annexation should be a walk in the park? -3
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10 May
Third Intifada!!!!
Palestinians knew that the annexation has only been postponed due to the Normalization deal & the emerging Far-right in Israel will push the govt to restart the plans soon. 1/5
Just a few months back The Joint Operations Room carried out the largest military exercise of the decade, involving all military arms from Navy to Land. In the last 12 hours what we are witnessing is better coordination within Resistance armed groups, with all being assigned 2/5
a particular area & task. But in the case of a full-scale Israeli invasion into Gaza things will be different.
In the case of land invasion, Tel Aviv will light up due to rain of tactical ballistic missiles & rockets. But would that be enough to deter the land invasion maybe3/5
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10 May
Jinnah & Iqbal vision & Expansionist Ideologies [Thread]📎
Today is the 27th of Ramadan the day Pakistan came into being. The situation of Palestine, India & rise of the Far-right is something that many analysts downplay. It is not something that just emerged out of thin air 1/13 Image
Historically many predicted this. This is exactly what leaders are supposed to do, analyze the situation & based on that plan for the future. The only quality which distinguishes a leader from a follower is vision. Regardless of critiques of Jinnah & Iqbal from different 2/13
circles especially from the far-right, They were one of the finest & visionary leaders of last century. How & Why?
ہے وہی تيرے زمانے کا امام برحق
جو تجھے حاضر و موجود سے بيزار کرے

He is true guide and teacher of your age
Who can with present fill your mind with rage
3/13
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10 May
Just In: The Joint Operations Room (a joint front of Palestinian🇵🇸 factions) has given Israel ultimatum until six o'clock to withdraw from the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, and to release all detainees.
Ultimatum has expired. Rocket sirens sounding in Beit Shemesh and Jerusalem
Footage of missiles fired by resistance currently in 🇮🇱 space
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9 May
Story of Last Ottoman guardian of Al-Aqsa [Thread]
[This is the spirit Palestine need]
Palestine, remained under the Ottoman rule for four centuries until the British took control. After heavy fighting on 9th Dec 1917, Ottman Governor released the decree 1/10 Image
“Due to the severity of the siege of the city and the suffering that this peaceful country has endured from your heavy guns; and for fear that these deadly bombs will hit the holy places, we are forced to hand over to you the city.”
Signed Izzat the Mutasarrif of Jerusalem 2/10 Image
In defense of Al-Aqsa as per different estimates, 25,000 ottoman soldiers laid theirs lives defending Al-Aqsa. On the 11th of December 1917, British General Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem.
Late historian Ilhan Bardakci on Friday, May 21st, 1972. went to Al-Aqsa Mosque. 3/10 Image
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4 May
Tipu Sultan Martyrdom Day [Thread]
Life of #Tipusultan

On 4th May 1799, Sultan Tipu was martyred in the Battle of Srirangapatna against a British, Maratha, & Nizam Coalition Coalition. Sultan Fateh Ali Sahab Tipu famous as Tipu Sultan was also known as [1/16]
Tipu Sahab or the "Tiger of Mysore", was the ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore based in South India. He is the only Indian-King who died fighting English Imperialism.[2/16]
Many historians regard him as the pioneer of rocket artillery. He used rocket artillery against advancing British forces & their allies during the Anglo-Mysore Wars. He expanded the iron-cased Mysorean rockets and commissioned the military manual Fathul Mujahidin. [3/16]
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4 May
Zarif Gate [Thread]
Analysis of 🇮🇷 FM Zarif Audio leak

As usually witnessing 🇵🇰 media silence on yet another controversial but a story critical of Iran.

- The power structure in Iran is different & that helps clergy in establishing control over state affairs 1/5
- IRGC under Soleimani expanded ops across the region after the failure of Nuclear deal
- US unilaterally pulling out of the deal undermined the moderates in Iran as well as the undermined role of diplomacy to defuse tensions & sort out issues.2/5
- IRGC calls the shots & Iranian state consider proxies as backbone of iranian influence in the region.
- IRGC just consider diplomacy as a tool to support those military ops.
- Zarif wanted to adopt a different approach- emphasising more on diplomacy. 3/5
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3 May
My two-cent of this recent controversy in Sialkot [Thread]

First of all, it is better to raise the argument than raising the voice. When Institutions prefer individuals over Principles then those individuals prefer themselves over the institutions. This is the problem why 1/8
we have weak institutions in Pakistan. Particularly when it comes to the delivery & connectivity with the public, the missing piece is local bodies system on which the whole Parliamentary structure stands. Local govt not only serve as the bridge connecting the masses with 2/8
with the power circles but also serves as the lower tier of public administration. This helps
- Taking the burden off the Executive & legislative
- Connectivity with the public
- Quick mobilization & simplification of procedure
The power struggle b/w E & L only disturb the 3/8
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3 May
Press freedom day is an important day that highlights the struggle of journalists along with the role & importance of the free press in establishing a transparent & strong democracy. But in Pakistan, the need of the time is to define what press & Journalism actually is. 1/8
It is not mere reporting of events but it is an idea of finding the hidden truth behind the curtains of propaganda. For that, the first characteristic is being objective, which is not the case here, the reporting of journalist clearly reflects theirs biasness. When you 2/8
are objective you pose threat to the interests of corporates, govt & other stakeholders. But if all of them talk good about you that means you are not doing what are you supposed to do. Apart from that when talking about freedom of press in Pakistan, it is a complex topic 3/8
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29 Apr
Battle of Badar [Thread]
All civilizations have seminal events that echo throughout the ages are remembered on anniversaries. When it to comes to Islamic history the most significant was the first battle of Muslims, the Battle of Badr.
It took place on 17th of Ramadan
Background
In the 7th century, Prophet Muhammad ﷺP.B.U.H announced his prophethood Quraysh denied him. They became the worst enemies of whoever accepted Islam, Muslims were assaulted, tortured, were put under sanctions After years of persecution,
Muslims migrated to Madina. What the Muhajireen (emigrants of Makkah) left was seized & looted by the Quresh pagans. In 2nd Hijri, Muslims learned about a convoy of Quresh e Makkah lead by Abu Sufyan coming from Syria, Muslims thought of avenging
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28 Apr
I was busy couldn't give a detailed response to Hamid Mir's recent report about Pakistan's threat to the Afghan Taliban "Enough is Enough". So here is the take after digging into the story
- US violated the agreement by unilaterally extending the date 1/5
IEA now wants an 'enabling environment' to restart the negotiations with the US, but they are consulting with the Shura & with other stakeholders including Pakistan.
- Hamid Mir quoting highly placed sources on TTP & TTA links is nothing new is already a known fact but 2/5
the part "they are two faces of the same coin” is something that is misleading. The whole Peace deal is standing on the idea that " Won't allow Afghan soil to be used against any country including Pakistan"
- India's official policy till now is "Not to engage with Taliban", 3/5
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28 Apr
Islamophobia & France [Thread]
All those who are getting surprised at the events unfolding in France should read about the history of Islamophobia. Generals publishing a letter on the 60th Aniversary of a failed coup d'etat by generals opposed to France granting independence 1/6
to Algeria highlights another important aspect, which is Racism definetly different from the popular prism of Clash of civilizations when understanding the concept of Islamophobia. The letter is not limited to 'Islamists' but also containment of 'Anti Racism activities. 2/6
Recent Anti-Muslims law including Labelling imams, & surveillance of every mosque in France & this recent threat of civil war is a signal of how quickly it is evolving from a political & cultural notion to a military one. This is how things evolved during the Crusades 3/6
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27 Apr
The Battle of Ain Jalut is one of the most underrated events in Islamic history. [Thread]
A story of how bravely the Mamluks defeated the undefeated Mongols. It was not another battle but was the battle for Muslim's last stronghold in MENA.
This came just two years after the 1/7
Mongols destroying Baghdad, the cradle of civilization was transformed into a castle of skulls, followed by a march of Monglos towards the west, after the siege of Aleppo, Mongols moved towards Damascus, Damascus surrendered without a fight Mongols sent in envoys to Mamluks 2/7
asking them to follow the suit & surrender. But despite council advice to submit to Mongols, Sultan refused & announced a war on Mongols.
In the meantime, Mongke Khan passed away & as per Mongol customs, Hulagu returned to Mongolia leaving behind Kitbuqa, the governor of 3/7
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24 Apr
Why Taliban destroyed Buddhas of Bamiyan
(Untold story) [Thread] 🖇️
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan. It is UNESCO World Heritage Site. 1/13
They were destroyed by the Taliban on the order of Taliban chief Mullah Omar, in March 2001. But what went wrong and why they destroyed is an untold story. It is considered as a major event that helped in paving the way for public opinion of later US invasion in Afghanistan 2/13
In mid-1998 heavy fighting for capturing Maza-i-Sharif was ongoing, Taliban managed to capture it by August 1998. Followed by capturing of Bamiyan on 13 September 98. The military commander of the Taliban Abdul Wahid vowed to destroy the statues but was interpreted by the 3/13
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22 Apr
Islam, Peace & oppresion
"The highest virtue in this world is positive thinking ... and the greatest evil is negative thinking" But the peak of negative thinking is to think positive about the greatest evil which in many ways is the systematic, structural discrimination & 1/6
oppression carried out by 'States' which are considered to be rational actors in the International Arena. This appeasement of the oppression while advocating the victims to accept the subjugation not only entitles the oppressive apparatus but also facilitates negative 2/6
thinking within society which eventually blocks the way of any change in mindset at the grassroot level.Because of this very reason adopting the approach of peace, love & respect when dealing with such negative behaviors in individual capacity can't be adopted in this case.3/6
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29 Mar
Iran🇮🇷-China🇨🇳 Deal 📎📋
(Implications for 🇵🇰)

Came across Tweets of many Pseudo Journalists & Analysts who are calling the Iran-China 25 year deal the last nail in the coffin of #CPEC.
1) Iran-#China doesn't share any border, the route goes through "Instable" Afghanistan (1/4)
even if you see a map,u can easily tell no other route can replace CPEC because of geography.
2) China is investing $450 billion in 🇮🇷while just $65 billion in🇵🇰 because both countries are different 🇮🇷has the 4th largest oil reserves in the world & 2nd highest Gas reserves (2/4)
3) 25-year agreement b/w China & Iran has economic, security, & military dimensions. But also has a strategic angle it is about the Hormuz, Indian ocean, Persian (Arabian) Gulf. & influence in M.E

4) Post this Iran would be forced to adopt region friendly approach as both(3/4)
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24 Mar
Liberals & 🇵🇰 history Thread🖇️
(🇵🇰 Day 23 or 24)
Imaan Zainab did you know even Jesus was not born on 25th Dec, no historical evidence backs this even the orthodox Christians don't celebrate it.
But you never challenged the "Manufactured" truth even often celebrate it (1/13)
The problem with most of 🇵🇰liberals & their "critical intellectuals approach" is that it only revolves around playing with dates in order to distort history. Even that is just limited to the political history of Pakistan. Challenging the clergy or status quo does not mean(2)
that you start distorting the historical facts or present them out of the context so that they fit into your narrative. From 14 Aug to 23 March the whole narrative revolves around the dates but even if dates are wrong does that nullifies the whole concept & Phenomenon? (3/13)
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