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The repetition of history and the hidden sciences!

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History repeats itself is common concept, but in Pakistan the example of such notion is hardly found in any other country in the world.

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In November 2017, Tehreek-e-Libek staged a sit-in in Faizabad. The background of this sit-in was known to all. The PML-N government, which was already under pressure, was under siege. When the party was mobilized against the PML-N government, today's ruling party, the PTI, supported their sit-in. In his judgment, Justice Qazi Faiz Issa also mentioned the local leadership of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) besides Sheikh Rashid and Ejaz-ul-Haq, who continued to support the sit-in, according to intelligence reports.

A conference was held in Golra Sharif in the name of Khatam-e-Nubuwat (SAW) in which Imran Khan participated and tried his best to win the sympathy of Tehreek-e-Libek. Today, it is the responsibility of Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed to stop the protest march and possible sit-in. The minister got mentioned Mujahid Khatam-e-Nubawat on posters and used religion for his political campaign.

After this protest against the PML-N government and its support from the PTI, the 'revolutionary anchors' also disguised them as Mujahideen Khatam-e-Nabuwat and walled off the PML-N and its leadership. As a result of this movement, resignations were announced from some members of the PML-N in the National Assembly and an electoral atmosphere was created against the PML-N. Now the Tehreek-e-Libek is once again on strike and the next scenario seems to be peeking out of the pages of the past.

The atmosphere against the PML-N began after the report of a high-level meeting was published in an English newspaper and it was named Dwan Leaks. Now the atmosphere is being created again and the impression of "One Page" has been shattered by the ruling circles. An appointment to a key post was announced on October 6 and the tug-of-war began. The 20-day tug-of-war played a central role in dispelling the one-page impression.

Now the matter seems to have been resolved and the long awaited notification has come to light but the impression of tension remains as no attempt is being made to remove it but a conscious effort is being made by the government to prevail the tension.

Prior to the notification, there was talk of secret science and statistics. Even after the notification came, the machinations of the occult sciences are still rampant and this notification is being viewed in conjunction with the dates of next month's partial lunar eclipse. I have no interest in cognition or numerology, but apart from such factors, it seems that matters are now heading towards confrontation and such confrontations don't last long, only a few weeks are decisive.

When it comes to linking this analysis to another mysterious process, the date of December 4 seems to be important when there will be a total solar eclipse in the world. Eclipses have been associated with solar and lunar eclipses for centuries. A large number of people believe in such superstitions and are convinced to the extent that eclipses bring about great changes. The then government in Pakistan was overthrown within two months after the 1999 eclipse.

Whether the eclipse will do anything or not, but if the situation continues like this, then of course the blame will fall on the December 4 eclipse. Assuming that the December 4 eclipse could be disastrous for the government, the next elections could be in April or May. There will be partial eclipses in these months as well. The partial eclipse of April 30, 2022 will not be visible in or around Pakistan and will be visible in the western, southwestern United States, Pacific, Atlantic and Antarctic regions.

The 2022 partial lunar eclipse will be seen in most parts of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa and this partial lunar eclipse will probably be seen in Pakistan as well. If those who believe in the mysterious sciences are to be believed, then according to this calculation, if the total solar eclipse of December 4 played any role in the overthrow of the government, then April and May will be election months and partial eclipses will also show color in these elections. ۔

Political figures seeking the help of occultists should now worry about December. Thoughts will be of two kinds. Those who believe in the mysterious sciences in the government will hire experts to save the government and the opposition will turn to the 'babus' to drown the government in the crisis. If December is decisive, then the worries of April and May will bother everyone and a new round of operations will be launched to remove the possible misfortunes in their horoscopes and this time, since everyone is worried about power, they will get rid of the misfortunes. Will become the need of all.

Those who believe in the mysterious sciences think that the eclipse is a plague that comes from the sky to destroy human beings and they have no means to stop it but the moon and the sun have blocked its path and sacrificed their lives. Weak believers believe that because it is powerful and has taken the sun and the moon in its mouth, it is necessary to help them.

In the old days, the hill tribes, to whom the light of knowledge had not reached, used to gather in a field at the time of eclipse, dance to the beat of drums, make loud drunken utensils, play tin, etc., in order to somehow get rid of this evil. Some of them used to throw stones so that if they didn't retreat from the noise, they would move away from the fear of these stones. Such scenes are seldom seen now, but the claimants of expertise in the hidden sciences go astray, perform strange acts that frighten the common man, and play with their weakness.

Since I don't believe in these hidden and mysterious sciences, I am only worried about how long our politicians will continue to blackmail or to be blackmailed for the sake of power. How long will history be repeated? Why is democracy in danger after every 10 years?

The ruling party is trying to use the recent controversy to its advantage by hiding behind the slogans of "stand firm, captain". but linking an attempt to keep a person close because of personal friendship to the battle of principles is nothing but mutual deceiving. The same party used to humiliate everyone else by giving the impression of being the enemy of a strong institution of the country.

Until the conflict of interests, the good relations with the institution were displayed like a medal on the chest. Isn't it senselessness and selfishness to confont the same institution for ulterior motives now?

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Inflation rate in Euro Zone rises to a record high for November

Higher energy prices contributed the most to the latest inflation reading.

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The euro zone’s inflation rate has risen to a record high in November, preliminary data showed Tuesday, prompting further questions about what the European Central Bank will do next with its monetary policy.

Headline inflation came in at 4.9% for the month, compared to the same month last year. This was above a consensus forecast of 4.5% from Reuters and was higher than October’s 4.1%. The figure was the highest on record in the 25 years that the data has been compiled.

According to Europe’s statistic office, Eurostat, energy is on track for its highest annual price rise in November at 27.4%, from 23.7% in October.

The data comes at a time when policymakers are waiting for more data on a new Covid-19 variant, omicron, which was reported for the first time last week in southern Africa.

The travel restrictions implemented in the wake of the new variant are raising concerns about how economies could suffer. Experts argue that societies are better equipped to deal with the virus now compared to the first Covid lockdowns, but market players have been on edge with the prospect of further restrictions.
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Nonetheless, consumer prices rose once again in the euro zone off the back of higher energy costs and supply chain issues.

In Germany — a country historically scared of high inflation — the inflation rate hit a 29-year high in November. They were up by 6% from a year ago, as measured by the harmonized index of consumer prices.

The trend is the same in France, where the inflation rate reached 3.4% in November, the highest reading since 2008.

The question going forward is how the ECB will square the high inflation readings with uncertainty over the pandemic.

ECB Vice President Luis de Guindos said last week that the central bank still plans to end its emergency bond purchases program in March. However, market players want to know how the central bank will be adjusting its other tools.

“The Omicron variant has increased the level of uncertainty even further but for now we suspect that it will have a fairly small impact on inflation,” Jack Allen-Reynolds, senior Europe economist at Capital Economics, said in an emailed note to clients.

On the other hand, Rupert Thompson, chief investment officer at wealth manager Kingswood, said the latest figures make it more likely that the ECB will have to reduce monetary stimulus.

“Euro zone inflation now looks set to remain well above the ECB’s 2% target for much of next year and these numbers will make it all the harder for the central bank to justify continuing its QE [quantitative easing] program and holding off on any rate rise before 2023,” he said.

In addition, Charles Hepworth, investment director at GAM Investments, said: “It may be wishful thinking on the part of ECB President Lagarde when she declares that price pressures won’t run out of control – they already are and it’s difficult to follow the argument that it will abate soon.”

SOURCE: CNBC

 

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No case of Omicron variant detected in Pakistan so far: Dr Faisal Sultan

“With more people immunized, we can control the impact of Omicron variant "

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Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Faisal Sultan on Tuesday has confired that no case of Omicron variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Pakistan so far.

According to details, Dr Faisal Sultan that a meeting is scheduled today at the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) during which guidelines and policies regarding the vaccination will be finalised.

The health minister said that it is not possible to bar the Omicron variant from coming to Pakistan but government is working to control its impact by ramping up the immunisation process.

"Our priority is those who have not been vaccinated at all."

“With more people immunized, we can control the impact. It is my appeal to the people to get vaccinated and follow SOPs," he urged.

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CJP Gulzar for returning military land not under defence use to govt

The army is there for the country's defence and not for doing business, he remarked.

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The law didn't allow land meant for defence purposes to be used for commercial gains and that such land should be returned to the government after its strategic use, Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed on Tuesday said on Tuesday. 

A three-judge Supreme Court bench headed by the chief justice and comprising Justice Qazi Mohammad Amin Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan resumed the hearing on the issue of military lands being used for commercial purposes.

During the hearing, the chief justice again snubbed Defence Secretary retired Lt Gen Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain over commercial establishments being built on military land.

"The law's intention is not that defence land is used for any other purpose," Justice Gulzar reiterated. "If the land is not being used for defence then it will go back to the government."

"This is government land," the top judge said, noting that cinemas, petrol pumps, housing societies, shopping malls and marriage halls were being constructed on land meant for defence.

"General sahib, these are not defence purposes," he told the defence secretary, asking the attorney general to explain how the defence ministry would "limit the land's use to defence".

The court said it would interpret the law concerning the land of cantonment boards in light of the Constitution, with Justice Amin remaking: "This is also very important for the institution's own reputation."

The CJP then turned to the attorney general, saying "They must be made to understand the law, who will do that?"

He said a retired major had given the land of Global Marquees, a wedding venue near Gora Qabristan, on lease to a private party, and asked whether he had the authority to do so.

"The army did not take any action against the retired major," the CJP said, noting that millions of rupees were being earned through Global Marquees on a daily basis.

The CJP ordered authorities to demolish a wall built next to Kala Pul as well as the Grand Convention Hall "today".

The CJP expressed dissatisfaction over a report submitted by the defence secretary regarding the case, saying the report "claims the illegally built buildings have been demolished, but they are still there".

The defence secretary responded that he would visit the sites in person and take pictures to compile a new report.

"This situation is a cause of embarrassment for the army and us both," CJP Ahmed remarked, following which the attorney general offered to withdraw the report submitted today.

The court directed him to submit a detailed report within four weeks, identifying the purposes of each piece of cantonment land.

"Under the law, strategic land will only be used for defence purposes," the CJP told the defence secretary.

The secretary informed the court that the scope of the term "strategic objectives" was "wide", saying commercial activities also fell into the category of "strategic defence".

"Whenever the army goes to the borders, these activities are carried out for the purpose of welfare and to keep the morale of the army high," Hussain explained.

At this, the CJP said: "Secretary sahib everything is fine, but where is the cantonment there? All we can see there are houses."

Justice Ahmed pointed out that schools and marriage halls had also been built on Faisal Base land.

"It is being said that Masroor and Korangi airbases are being shut and [perhaps] commercial activities will be started there," the CJP added.

He noted that cantonment land had to be returned to the government after defence objectives were met.

"The army should not compromise on its bigger objectives for petty business," Justice Qazi Amin remarked, adding that the military should be mindful of the sanctity of its institution.

CJP Ahmed pointed out that shopping malls had also been built on defence land in Lahore and Quetta, saying "it is not clear how the Ministry of Defence will sustain these activities."

The defence secretary informed the court that a joint committee of all three armed forces had been formed to check violations of the law.

The CJP further said that "allotting houses to senior army officers does not fall under defence purposes."

"How can the army carry out commercial activities on state land?" he questioned, emphasising that state land should not be "exploited".

Justice Ahmed said the issue was not limited to Karachi, but such violations were common across the country.

Justice Amin said it was incomprehensible why the army needed to indulge itself in business, while the CJP noted that "the army has constructed a tall building on Gizri Road overnight."

He asked that if constructing cinemas, marriage halls and houses were "defence activities" then what was actual defence.

The CJP further said the land sold by some army officers for a few hundreds of thousands had been used to build houses that were now worth tens of millions.

"All the land of cantonments must be restored to its original condition," the CJ said, adding the SC would also review all of the army rules and laws in light of the Constitution.

"The army is there for the country's defence, not for doing business," the CJP remarked.

Later the bench adjourned the hearing for four weeks.

 

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