PAKISTANI PM FACES GLOBAL EMBARRASSMENT AT UNITED STATES THRICE

NEWS, World Affairs

Ahead of Pak PM Imran Khan’s visit to US, the Pakistani administration went all out to portray this visit as a major diplomatic coup by their ‘enigmatic leader’. The country wanted to peddle Imran Khan as the emerging world leader. But little did Pakistan realise that this visit would turn into their biggest nightmare.

This is Imran’s first visit to USA and his upcoming meet with Donald Trump is being hyped by the Pakistani media as a big win for the Islamic Nation.

But ever since Imran Khan has set his foot in America he has only faced global embarrassment, not once but thrice.

Numero Uno: ‘Grand Welcome’

Imran Khan’s first snub was at his arrival. Surprisingly or not so surprisingly, no official from US Government was present to receive him when he arrived. A ceremonial welcome is usually reserved for foreign head of state.

Imran Khan who was accompanied by his Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and his Commerce Advisor Abdul Razzak and was welcomed by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Numero Dos: the Letters of Dissemt

If ‘no welcome’ wasn’t enough, Imran was embarrassed yet again after 10 members of US Congress wrote to US President Donald to lodge a protest against Human Rights abuses in Pakistan & forced conversions of Hindus in the Islamic Nation at the time of his visit. These US leaders also added that ‘Pakistani Government was terrorising Sindh through enforced disappearances’

Not only did Imran Khan face dissent from US, 16 members of European Parliament wrote to Trump asking the US leader to ensure deteriorating situation in Balochistan was addressed.

Numero Tres: Anti-Pak slogans at Imran event

Pak media touted Imran Khan’s speech at Washington DC as the spectacle in the US, but embarrassment was in store for Pakistan when Baloch activists disrupted Imran’s speech and raised Anti-Pak slogans

Clearly Pakistan’s desperate bid to propel Imran Khan has failed, but the real question is, will Imran admit to his failures or will the pak leader remain blind to his shortcomings?

World Wrap Up for December 9, 2017

World Affairs

TRUMP BACKS TAINTED SENATOR
US President Donald Trump urged voters to elect a Republican Senate candidate in Alabama who has been dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, warning that America “cannot afford” to have a Democrat win the hard-fought campaign.

PALESTINIAN, ISRAELI FORCES CLASH IN BETHLEHEM
Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank for the third day on Saturday following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Protesters hurled stones at troops who responded using tear gas and other riot dispersal means.Trump’s declaration set off a wave of protests across the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the wider Arab and Muslim world.

UN: 14 PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN CONGO
Rebels attacked a United Nations peacekeeping base in eastern Congo, killing at least 14 peacekeepers and wounding 40 others in the worst violence against the mission in this Central African country in years. the peacekeepers were mainly from Tanzania, and that at least five Congolese soldiers also were killed in the assault blamed on one of the region’s deadliest rebel groups. …////

KIM JONG UN CLIMBS SNOW-COVERED MOUNT PAEKTU
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has visited the top of the country’s tallest peak, Mount Paektu.
State television showed still images of Kim Jong Un walking across the snowy summit of the mountain with a group of officials.

Kim Jong Un dares USA, Launches Missile

World Affairs

A week after United States designated North Korea as a state sponsor of terror, Kim Jong-Un dared Uncle Sam and fired a ballistic missile into Japan sea.

South Korea’s army confirmed that the missile was fired from an area north of Pyongyang.

The trajectory of the missile is unknown and the US and South Korea are investigating into this.

The launch is the second intermediate ballistic missile launched by North Korea in the recent past.

TRUMP: WE WILL TAKE CARE OF IT

US President Donald Trump spoke minutes after the launched, however his response seem measured. He simply said “We will take care of it. It is a situation that we will handle”

MISSILE LANDS IN JAPAN SEA, NO DAMAGE REPORTED

North Korea confirmed that it had ‘successfully launched: a new type of ICBM called the Hwasong 15. However no damage was reported from this missile that was launched from the western coast of North Korea .

UN AMBASSADORS CONDEMN NKOREA MISSILE
UN ambassadors from Japan, Italy and the United Kingdom slammed North Korea over it’s intercontinental ballistic missile.

U.N. Security Council President said that he was in contact with key U.N. members after this development.

Meanwhile Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe added that his country would no longer tolerate the actions of North Korea and pressed for sanctions against the rogue nation.

This is the second ICBM launch by North Korea in less than 10 weeks, is the country, backed by the China seems to be getting more emboldened. Will the world let the Maverick dictator continue to set terms, or will the UNSC and Atlantic Countries stop this nuclear war drama?

Blog by Isheeta Bali

Why Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad is just a PR exercise

National News

Beggars were removed. Walls were cleaned up. A city was spruced up. But have you wondered why India, Telangana and US were in an overdrive mode for Global Entrepreneurship Summit?

Telangana pips Andhra:

For Telangana, one of India’s youngest state, this summit was a victory in the battle of ego. KCR toiled hard to ensure the event was held in Hyderabad, ensuring a victory over rival/neighbouring/sister state of Andhra Pradesh.

Modi’s diplomatic charm offensive:

This summit will benefit Prime Minister Narendra Modi in many ways. Not only will this bolster his image across the globe as a World Leader but will also attract his most hardcore fans- the NRIs. PM Modi is pro-capitalist and what better way to attract entrepreneurs than a summit?

PR exercise for Ivanka?

At W20 summit earlier this year Ivanka was booed. A major embarrassment for the young lady who aims to be her father’s political inheritor. Global Entrepreneurship Summit is her first major solo venture as the Advisor to White House. Many believe that she could be the First Woman President America has been waiting for. The theme of this summit is woman empowerment : a clear alignment with her political strategy.

But can Ivanka really change the tide? Can this summit propel her image as a female crusader of change? Only history can be a better judge of that. But if Ivanka seeks a long-standing political career, she will have to outshine her eccentric father and her prodigal husband.

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Blog by Isheeta Bali