Prime Minister Imran Khan once again reminded the world about Pakistan’s concerns over an Indian false flag operation in occupied Kashmir, warning that Pakistan would find it increasingly difficult to remain an inactive observer in the face of continuous attacks across the Line of Control (LoC).
“I want to make clear to India and the international community that if India continues its military attacks killing civilians across LoC, Pakistan will find it increasingly difficult to remain an inactive observer along the LoC,” PM Imran said in a tweet. The prime minister further urged the United Nations Security Council to pressurise India to allow the return of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on the LoC across occupied Kashmir.
Last month the prime minister had warned of new Delhi’s plan to carry out a false flag operation to divert the world’s attention from the ongoing protests in the country and the situation in the occupied valley. PM Imran had said that in case India decided to conduct a false flag operation to divert attention from its domestic crisis “to divert attention from its domestic chaos plus whip up war hysteria to mobilise Hindu nationalism”, Pakistan will have no option but to give a ‘befitting response’ to India.
In separate message on twitter, Prime Minister said that Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, the most experienced and accomplished statesman of the Muslim world, faced exactly the same problems as his government in Pakistan. The premier In his twitter message, the prime minister said that: “He (Mahathir) is confronted with an entrenched pol (political) mafia that has bankrupted and indebted Malaysia, leaving state institutions devastated.”
The prime minister also tagged a write up of Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamed titled “KERAJAAN PAKATAN HARAPAN” in which he recalled the conditions when the Pakatan Harapan coalition had formed the government, the challenges and the achievements his government had made so far.
Strikingly both prime ministers not only shared identical views regarding the local and regional issues, but also they had inherited the burning challenges from their preceding governments ranging from whopping corruption, fragile economy and devalued currency leading to extreme poverty and internal and external debts.
Amazingly, the basic contentions in Mahathir’s write up about Malaysian economy, governance, security as well as the industry bore astounding similarities to what was inherited by Imran Khan of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf who had also waged a long drawn up battle against corruption and the corrupt elite.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s blog:
In his blog post, Mahathir underscored the difficulties faced by a new government when it takes over from a ‘kleptocratic’ predecessor. “When a new party takes over as a government, it would be a miracle if it were to execute all its plans and promises overnight,” wrote the Malaysian premier. “It would be an even greater miracle if it can implement its plans and agenda immediately. It is not taking over just any government. It took over from a kleptocratic government which had raped the nation for years, destroyed its finances, undermined its administrative agencies, abused its laws, borrowed well beyond the ceiling permitted, placed the country on the path to bankruptcy, made the people dependent on the government with bribes and generally undermined the moral of the people.
“Of course, a lot of people were happy to enjoy corrupt money and many illegal favours. They would like these bad practices to continue. But the majority of the people knew the sad state of the country and ensured that the corrupt government was overthrown.”
“In other countries when a common objective is achieved, the fragile unity would break up as each party would try to take over. A bitter struggle would ensue. In the end the coalition would break up. In one Middle Eastern country, the ensuing struggles ended up with the military seizing power. It was back to square one,” he analysed. But this did not happen in Malaysia.
“The fragile opposition coalition was sustained, even with the inclusion of a non-member party as well as an independent individual who joined the cabinet. They formed a Government,” continued Mahathir. “And they seem to be working together, having formed a cabinet without any written agreement as to who takes what. This is the 2nd miracle. The cabinet seems to work. At least they can meet, discuss and make decisions. Of course, many criticised their decisions. This is normal.”
“No government can have the approval of everyone every time,” noted the Malaysian prime minister. “The important thing is that this fragile cabinet is still functioning.”
“The fact is that the Malaysian economy and its currency are strong. The market and the detractors may not think so. But the government has faith in its financial and economic policies. And so do foreign and local investors.”
“Rome was not built in one day,” stated Mahathir.” When Malaysia was switching from an agro-based economy to an industrial economy, it also took time. But most of us could not remember and the young never saw the transition. Most were born when the transition was accomplished. It is difficult to imagine an agricultural Malaysia today.”
Mahathir said the transition will take time. “Perhaps two years or more from now,” he wrote. “We are going paperless and soon there will be cashless. Digitalisation is already happening and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is contributing towards increasing speed of work and transaction.” Mahathir said waiting was frustrating even for him. “But wait we must.”
“The world today is in a state of turmoil. No one is really doing well. Look at what is happening in Latin America, the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South Asia, even Australia,” he continued. “Only China, Japan, and South Korea are doing relatively well, but even the countries of Northeast Asia are having intractable problems.”
“Then look at Malaysia. We are stable, peaceful and the Government respects the law. We are removing draconian laws or suspending them pending abolishment or amendment. People feel safe travelling anywhere in the country. During the celebration of the New Year 60 to 80 thousand people gathered to enjoy the shows. This cannot happen even in some developed countries.”
“Yes. Malaysia is recovering from the disasters caused by the previous kleptoctatic government. Even now we are enjoying better governance,” he said. “Give the Government a little bit of time and participate fully in the Shared Prosperity Policies, and in two years time you will realise that the direction of the Government is right.”