By Sardar Khan Niazi
American people are unaware that the US military is trying to provoke China and intends to instigate a conflict that could lead to a full-scale world war between the world’s two largest economies.
This provocation comes in the shape of a prearranged trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the third-high-ranking figure in the US government.
Notwithstanding the opposition to the trip by US President Joe Biden and his National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan press statements, America’s leading political generals have demanded the trip go ahead.
China has been severely critical of even the prospect of a Pelosi visit to Taiwan, arguing that it would indicate silent U.S. support for the independence movement inside Taiwan, which China considers an existential threat to Chinese sovereignty.
“Should the US side insist on making the visit, China will act strongly to resolutely respond to it and take countermeasures,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said recently.
Sometime next month, the signs indicate the octogenarian grandmother of nine will slip into a C-130 cargo plane, probably shepherded by an escort of F-35 fighters and reinforced by US aircraft carriers, and test luck by landing on Taiwan, amidst forewarnings by Chinese military officers that they will stop her from entering the country.
This is the height of carelessness and is evidence of the deep mess and confusion of the US political establishment, which is desperately moving in all directions in the face of a headstrong social, economic and political crunch.
The administrations of Trump and Biden have encouraged Taiwanese separatism as they have packed the island with weapons of every kind. Now, offensively, Washington is admitting openly a growing number of US military personnel in Taiwan.
The US media reported in October 2021 that US troops are stationed in Taiwan, and in December, the US doubled the number of troops stationed there. In March of that year, a report said that the United States was in discussion to station offensive missiles that would have violated the INF treaty on Taiwan.
The US State Department removed wording on its official website on May 5, 2022, that “the United States does not support Taiwan independence” and “acknowledging the Chinese position that there is but one China and Taiwan is part of China.”
The US is transforming the island into an offensive launch platform for war with China, seeking to provoke China into military action against Taiwan Just as it has for years built up the Ukrainian military as a bastion against Russia with the aim of provoking the current disastrous war.
The US forgets that Chinese officials are considering a military response to Pelosi’s trip, including intercepting her flight or sending Chinese aircraft to overfly the Taiwanese mainland. The US military, for its part, is preparing to deploy aircraft carriers and scramble fighter aircraft to support the operation.
Having an unparalleled economic, social and political crisis at home, leading sections of the US political establishment are seeking to intensify the global war that has flared up in Ukraine with the opening of a Pacific front.
The US plans for war against China reveal its recklessness. As terrible as the US-provoked war in Ukraine has been, a war over Taiwan, a central chokepoint of the global economy, would have infinitely greater human and economic costs.
The ruling classes of the US and its NATO allies are turning to war because they have no answer to the mounting domestic political opposition and a social, economic, and political crisis. However, the working class is in the same way determined in taking up the struggle against war as a critical component of the fight against social disparity and authoritarianism.
Pakistan has no plans of holding bilateral meeting with India: FM Bilawal
TASHKENT: Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, who is currently attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting, asserted that Pakistan has no plans of holding any bilateral meeting with India, it emerged on Saturday.
Bilawal held six bilateral meetings with foreign ministers of Central Asian countries on the sidelines of the conference which is being held in connection with preparations for the SCO Heads of State meeting scheduled to be held in September.
Bilawal held meetings with his counterparts from Afghanistan, China, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
“There are no plans of any meetings between Indian and Pakistani prime ministers in September,” Bilawal said, adding that both India and Pakistan are part of the SCO and the two countries are only engaged in the context of the broad-based activities of the organisation.
The foreign minister said: “India is our neighbouring country. While one can decide on a lot of things, one cannot choose its neighbours, therefore, we should get used to living with them.”
Bilawal recalled that after 2019, constructive dialogue with India became difficult, while statements based on Islamophobia by Indian officials are further creating hurdles in dialogue.
‘What is our fault if Khan failed to boost ties with US?’
The foreign minister maintained: “We are trying to find economic opportunities for our people”.
The government is committed to improving economic ties with all the countries, including the US, he added.
The foreign minister responded, “There is no truth to Imran Khan’s statements,” in response to a question regarding Imran Khan’s criticism of the coalition administration for having allegedly poor relations with the US.
He stated: “Khan attempted to strengthen connections with Washington when he was in office. What is our fault if he was unable to do so?”
Bilawal shared his account of his first encounter at the SCO-CFM in Tashkent on Twitter.
“My initial encounter at the Tashkent SCO-CFM. stressed the organization’s crucial role and reaffirmed Pakistan’s dedication to group efforts to bring about regional peace and economic progress, “He composed.
Security Forces kill six terrorists in Kech Operation
By Staff Reporter
RAWALPINDI: The Security Forces on Saturday killed six terrorists in intense exchange of fire during an operation conducted to apprehend them in general area Hoshab of District Kech.
The Security Forces on July 29, on information regarding movement of a terrorist group on motorcycles towards Panjgur from Kech, an operation was conducted by the forces in general area Hoshab of Kech District, an Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) news release said.
The security forces promptly surrounded the area and began a search operation after getting the information in order to capture the terrorists.
As they were being surrounded, the terrorists started firing randomly at the security troops, engaging them in a violent firefight.
Also found by the terrorists who were slain was a sizable stash of weapons and ammo.
Havaldar Hidayat Ullah of Lakki Marwat accepted shahadat (martyrdom) during the battle with the terrorists, while Naik Mir Muhammad of Waziristan was hurt.
PAF relief operation continues in flood affected areas of Balochistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: On the special instructions of Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, PAF personnel and helicopter fleet are actively engaged in providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to the people stranded in flash floods affected areas of Balochistan.
The PAF helicopters have distributed 4,200 kilogrammes (kgs) ration comprising flour, ghee, sugar, daal, tea in the calamity hit areas during the last two days, a PAF media release said.
Additionally, several families have been evacuated from land locked areas to safer place.
The relief operation in Balochistan is a practical manifestation of Pakistan Air Force’s resolve to extend all out support to fellow countrymen in the hour of need.
Interior Minister thanks Saudi Arabia for ‘Road to Makkah’ project
By Staff Reporter