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Journey from resistance to reconciliation!

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The effects of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban's occupation of the entire country are being felt throughout the region.

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The Afghan Taliban will conquer Kabul, a prediction made by the US intelligence a year ago, and the chairman of the US military, Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milli, acknowledged it in a US Senate committee. Mark Milli also said he had been adamant for a year that if the United States left Afghanistan unconditionally, no one would be able to stop the Afghan Taliban from occupying the country, with the help of the United States and its allies. The established Afghan army and government will disintegrate.

In view of this change in the region, major capitals have formulated policies and Pakistan is nowhere to be seen in these policies. Whether it is the US trilateral defense alliance-- Oaks --or the four-member informal alliance-- Quad, or the European Union's Indo-Pacific policy, India seems to be important in all pacts.

A few short-sighted people who call themselves intellectuals and analysts are celebrating victory without fully understanding the situation in the region. Terrorism has witnessed an increase in the country since the formation of the Afghan Taliban government, and after the Taliban's victory, there were 35 terrorist attacks in Pakistan in August alone, in which 52 civilians were killed. The figures, published by the American broadcaster Bloomberg with reference to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, are shocking. Economic activity is influenced by Bloomberg reports, and foreign investors and international financial institutions formulate policies based on Bloomberg reports.

It's not difficult to predict what effect the Bloomberg report and the new wave of terrorism will have on the country's already crippled economy, but some unscrupulous friends of the rulers are still chanting "all is well". Same Bloomberg report mentioned that a foreign investor had postponed a deal to buy a Pakistani company, which is just one example.

Ameer Khan Muttaqi, the foreign minister in Kabul's interim government, said in a statement yesterday that US drones were flying over Afghanistan, a clear violation of state sovereignty. He named the United States and called on governments around the world to respect Afghanistan's sovereignty. Where did these drones fly from and through which route did they enter Afghanistan? The interim government of Kabul has not given any indication yet but this issue will also arise tomorrow and Pakistan could be traditionally blamed. Prime Minister Imran Khan had long ago raised the slogan of "Absolutely Not", but perhaps the new administration of Kabul also began to doubt Islamabad and this slogan became a sign of diplomatic failure and our rulers were seen muttering this message.

"Even strangers are angry with me, even strangers are unhappy."

If that were the case, efforts would have been made to improve the situation, but the situation is much worse now. A storm is about to lift. The coming of this storm is signaled by a bill to be introduced in the US Senate. The bill aims to impose sanctions on those who helped the Taliban conquer Kabul. Within 180 days of the bill's passage, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Director of National Intelligence will submit a report to the congressional committee detailing Taliban supporters.

The first report will look at which state and non-state actors, including the government of Pakistan, helped the Taliban between 2001 and 2020. Who provided the Taliban with safe havens, financial support, intelligence, medical care and supplies? Armed them and helped determine their military, administrative or strategic direction? It will also look at how the Pakistani government, including state and non-state actors, helped overthrow the US-led Afghan government in 2021. The report, called for in the proposed US congressional bill, also called for a review of allegations that the Pakistani government, including state and non-state actors, attacked the Taliban in the September 2021 Panjshir Valley and resisted the Taliban. Helped

The powers that be must have sensed the internal situation of the country and the geopolitical situation in the region and the storm raging in the US Congress. Feeling the atmosphere and maybe that is why the ruling party is also going into electoral mode. Recently, a few political birds that have changed allegiances have been brought under the sway of the PTI. These birds have come at a price, not at the behest of traditional power centers, but at the behest of this government. The leaders of the opposition parties will also get hints and they have sensed the situation on the basis of political experience.

The signs that the opposition making preparations have been circulating for days, but former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's virtual address on Tuesday is an important development in this regard. Former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif said, "Your and my slogan is, respect the vote, these are our goals, abide by the constitution, do not break the parliament, do not arrest the prime minister, let the country run, and respect the civil government. 

If we get all this through reconciliation, then Bismillah (With the name of Allah Almighty), if we get it through resistance, then still Bismillah, we are ready for both." This speech of the former prime minister is a sign of political change in the country, the clear proof of which and the first major change is the willingness of the PML-N leader himself for reconciliation.

All further stages in the journey from resistance to reconciliation are in the hands of PML-N President Mian Shehbaz Sharif. It seems that Shehbaz Sharif has persuaded his elder brother without holding his feet. If this is indeed the case, then understand that now an interesting turning point has come in this political game and this is the decisive turning point.

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Met dept warns of extreme heat on Eid Day 1

The mercury in federal and provincial capitals is also likely to remain high

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Lahore: The meteorological department has warned the citizens that the first day of Eid-ul-Adha will be very hot in Pakistan.

According to the details, the sun is ready to rain fire all over the country on the first day of Eid. The Meteorological Department stated that the weather is likely to be very hot in the next 24 hours. The highest temperature in Sibi will be 49 degrees Celsius.

The mercury in federal and provincial capitals is also likely to remain high. Lahore 45, Islamabad 44, Peshawar 43 and Karachi temperature may reach 37 degrees Celsius. In Nokundi it is likely to go up to 45 degrees Celsius. Apart from this, South Punjab and other parts of the country will also remain under the grip of heat.

Sindh government has imposed Section 144 in the areas around the coast due to the increase in heat. The citizens of Karachi and other areas will not be able to go to the beach during the Eid holidays. Police officials have appealed to the citizens to avoid going to the beach during the holidays.

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T20 WC: Bangladesh beat Nepal by 21 runs

The two teams from Group D of the T20 World Cup faced each other in Kingstown

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Kingstown: Bangladesh defeated Nepal by 21 runs in the 37th International Cricket Council (ICC) Men's T20 World Cup match.

Batting first, Bangladesh scored 106 runs in 19.3 overs. Nepal were all out for 85 runs in 19.2 overs chasing a target of 107 runs.

Earlier, Nepal won the toss and decided to field against Bangladesh.

First innings

Batting first against Nepal, Bangladesh's Shakib-ul-Hassan scored 17 runs, Layton Das scored 10 runs, Mohammad Allah scored 13 runs and Tawheed Ruday scored only nine runs.

Nepali bowlers Rohit Poudel, Sandeep Lamichane, Deependra Singh and Sompal Kami took two wickets each while controlling the Bangladeshi batsmen.

Second innings

In pursuit of Bangladesh's target of 107 runs, Nepal's batsmen could not stay. Kushal Malla scored 27, Deependra Singh 25 and Asif Shaikh 17 runs while no other Nepalese batsman could enter double figures.

Against the Nepalese batsmen, Hasan Saqib of Bangladesh took four wickets, Mustafizur Rehman three, Shakib-ul-Hassan two wickets while Taskeen Ahmed took one wicket.

The two teams from Group D of the T20 World Cup faced each other in Kingstown.

It is pertinent to note that the team of Nepal has not qualified for the next stage of the T20 World Cup, while Bangladesh has qualified for the Super-VIII stage by winning today's match.

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PM, President, Armed forces share message as nation celebrates Eid-ul-Adha today

Prime Minister added that the great sacrifices of the oppressed Muslims of Palestine and Occupied Kashmir should also be remembered

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Lahore: Eid-ul-Adha is being celebrated with religious fervor across the country today (Monday).

Eid prayer gatherings are being organised in small and big cities of the country. Eid prayers were offered in the Sabeel Wali Mosque of Karachi, Jamia Naeemia Minar-e-Pakistan in Lahore, Eid Gah Ground in Peshawar and Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad.

On this occasion, prayers were offered for the safety of the country and the nation, and special prayers were also offered for the Muslims of Gaza. While following the tradition of Ibrahimi, animals are being sacrificed.

On the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, and the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), including the heads of the three armed forces, congratulated the nation.

President, Prime Minister Message 

In his message, President Asif Zardari said that in trials and tests, one should remain firm, and the whole nation should be devoted to brotherhood, sacrifice, love, and sincerity and help the needy.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated in his Eid message that those people who cannot afford to sacrifice should also be taken care of on Eid.

He added that the great sacrifices of the oppressed Muslims of Palestine and Occupied Kashmir should also be remembered.

The Prime Minister further said in his message that Palestinians and Kashmiris are standing like an iron wall in the face of oppression and brutality.

Chiefs of Armed Forces Message

The Armed Forces, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee and Services Chiefs have also extended Eid-ul-Adha greetings to all Pakistanis.

According to Inter-Service Public Relations (ISPR), in their message on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha, the chiefs of the armed forces said that this holy day inspires the spirit of sacrifice for good.

In their message, the chiefs of the armed forces stated that on this day they pay tribute to the eternal sacrifices of the martyrs. May Allah protect Pakistan from the nefarious intentions of the enemies.

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