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Imran threatens to spill secrets if ignored by establishment

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan has warned of revealing all the secrets and details of every player behind the ‘conspiracy’ that led to his ouster, if he and his demand of early elections is ignored and negated.

Khan said that he would unmask all the characters involved in the alleged regime change conspiracy if pushed against the wall, hinting indirect pressure and threat to the country’s military establishment, which has been one of the targets of PTI’s social media campaigns and has also been openly called out by Khan in public gathering, interviews and statements.

“I know the role of each character involved in this conspiracy. I have recorded a video, which I have kept at a safe place. If anything happens to me, the video will be shared with the nation,” Khan said.

“I am aware of what happened. I am only sitting quite because I know that if I start revealing everything, it will harm the country,” he added.

However, Khan said that if he, his party and his narrative is pushed against the wall, if his party members are harassed and intimidated, he will be left with no option but to bring what he claims as the truth out for the whole nation to see and decide.

Khan’s statement is part of a consistent campaign, in which he claims that his government was ousted through a US-led regime change conspiracy, implemented through his opposition, along with the support of the military establishment, which, despite Khan’s repeated calls, refused to stand by his side.

Social media handlers of PTI have been engaged in a major anti-army, anti-establishment campaign, creating trends and lashing out at Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for not coming to Khan’s rescue and becoming party to the regime change conspiracy against his government.

Khan, since then, has been demanding intervention of the military establishment in the country’s political outlook, accusing them of bringing a government of “thieves and convicted criminals”.

Khan’s narrative has been widely accepted by millions of his supporters, who are now seen openly questioning the military establishment with derogatory statements on social media platforms and creating trends that target the army chief to the level of even calling him a ‘traitor’.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Army has maintained that it is not going to get involved in any political maneuvering, opting to stay neutral and not take sides.

Pakistan’s military establishment has also called on the people to refrain from dragging it into politics, a stance that many believe became the reason for Khan’s downfall.

When Khan came to power, he was known as the blue-eyed boy of the military establishment. However, since his ouster and the military’s rare show of patience against the ongoing accusations, Khan seems to be failing to pull back the military’s support, which is pivotal for any political party to come to power in Pakistan.

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OIC: General Secretariat strongly condemns!!

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The OIC General Secretariat strongly condemns the treacherous attack against the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Tehran, the capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran on 27 January 2023, killing the Embassy’s head of security service and injuring two security guards.

The General Secretariat calls for bringing the perpetrators of the heinous attack to justice and underlines the necessity of ensuring the security and safety of diplomatic missions.

The OIC Secretary General, Mr. Hissein Ibrahim Taha, while expressing his solidarity with the Government and people of Azerbaijan, offered his condolences to the family of the deceased and wished speedy recovery to the injured.

(Source: OIC OFFICIAL)

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza in response to rockets firing

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Israeli fighter jets on Friday carried out a series of airstrikes on facilities belonging to militant groups in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the coastal enclave, witnesses said.

Israeli army drones and fighter jets were heard buzzing in the air, and several explosions were heard in central Gaza Strip, the witnesses told Xinhua news agency.

They added that more than 14 missiles were fired at a military post that belonged to Gaza militant groups.

Palestinian medical sources said that no injuries were reported during the strikes that mainly targeted posts and facilities that belong to the Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The airstrikes were in response to the firing of two rockets at southern Israel, said a spokesman from the Jewish state’s army.

No group has claimed responsibility for firing the rockets, which was a response to the killing of nine Palestinians during an Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp, deemed to be the most deadly in nearly two decades.

During the Israeli airstrikes on Friday, militants in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave also fired at least five rockets at southern Israeli communities close to the borders with the Gaza Strip and anti-craft missiles were fired at Israeli fighter jets by Hamas militants, sources close to Hamas security told Xinhua.

Media outlets in Gaza quoted an Egyptian source as saying that Egyptian intelligence is in intensive contact with the Palestinian factions to prevent an escalation in Gaza.

More than 170 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2022, and at least 29 have been killed in January this year, according to figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry.

According to the UN, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

The tensions have been further aggravated since Israel’s most right-wing government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took office last month.

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Armed attack targets Azerbaijan’s embassy in Iran

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Armed attack targets Azerbaijan's embassy in Iran

A guard has been killed in an armed attack on Azerbaijan’s embassy compound in Iran, the nation’s foreign ministry has said.

Two people were also wounded in Friday’s attack.

“The attacker destroyed the guard post with a Kalashnikov automatic weapon and killed the head of the security service. Two security guards of the embassy were also injured while preventing the attack,” Azerbaijan’s foreign ministry said.

The ministry said it would evacuate its embassy staff in Tehran.

The Iranian capital police chief, General Rahimi, said the attacker entered the embassy with his two children.

“Preliminary investigation shows that the attacker’s motive was personal and family problems,” Iran’s local Mehr News Agency reported.

Act of terrorism’

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said that an attack on his country’s embassy in Iran was “an act of terrorism” and demanded a swift investigation and punishment of the “terrorist”.

“I fiercely condemn the terrorist attack perpetrated against our Embassy in Tehran today,” Aliyev said on Twitter.

“We demand that this terrorist act be swiftly investigated and the terrorists punished,” he added.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has condemned the “treacherous attack” in a tweet.

“Azerbaijan is never alone,” Cavusoglu added.

Separately Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement regarding the deadly attack, saying that Türkiye which has been subjected to similar attacks in the past, deeply shares the pain of the Azerbaijani people.

“It is very important that those responsible for this heinous attack should be immediately apprehended and brought to justice,” the ministry said.

Suspect detained

Nasser Kanani, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran also condemned the attack and said the suspect was detained.

“Police and security forces immediately intervened and arrested the assailant, who is currently under investigation,” the spokesman said.

The foreign ministry also noted that the situation is under investigation with dimensions of action and the motive of the assailant.

Azerbaijan borders Iran to its northwest. There have been tensions between the two countries as Azerbaijan and Armenia have fought over the Karabakh region.

Iran in October launched a military exercise near the Azerbaijan border, flexing its martial might amid the nationwide protests rocking the Islamic Republic. 

Azerbaijan also maintains close ties to Israel, which Tehran views as one of its top regional enemies.

(Source: TRT WORLD)

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