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US Unrest: National Guard troops step into Washington as the state responds to requests for help | Instant News

Against the backdrop of the US Capitol, members of the National Guard change shifts as they exit through an anti-scaling security fence in Washington. Photo / AP

Busloads of buses and cargo of planes, National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital on Saturday, as governors responded to US defense officials’ urgent requests for more troops to help guard Washington even as they watched anxiously at possible violent protests in their own states.

Military leaders spent most of the night Thursday and Friday calling on the state in an unprecedented call for more National Guard troops to help lock down large swathes of the city in the days before President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. In the dribs and drabs, the governor replied, some agreeing to send an extra dozen, 100 or even 1,000, while others said no.

The calls reflect concerns that violent extremist groups are targeting the city after a deadly uprising on the US Capitol on January 6.

Threats range from armed insurgents to possible attempts to plant explosive devices on so-called soft targets. But as Washington begins to resemble an armed camp, with more than 25,000 guards set to be in the city as early as next week, concerns about violence in the state capital have mounted.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she rejected a federal request to send at least 100 more National Guard troops to DC “I don’t think we can safely fulfill that commitment,” Brown said. Oregon has agreed to send 30 to Washington, but state leaders are concerned about violence at the state capitol in Salem.

Others agreed, sparking dizzying bursts of military and convoy flights into the region.

“The peaceful transfer of power is a central principle of American democracy, and Connecticut stands ready to help protect our country.” said Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, who initially agreed to send 100 guards and on Friday agreed to send 200 more.

In all, more than 130 US Air Guard flights in the past 72 hours have brought at least 7,000 Guard troops to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal numbers. Thousands more were in buses and military trucks, rumbling down the highway to Washington.

Army General Dan Hokanson, head of the National Guard Bureau, called in general aides across the country, and others, such as Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, called in governors for help. McCarthy praised the state, saying defense and military officials were well aware of the threats they also faced.

“The governors and TAG were great. They helped us a lot,” McCarthy told The Associated Press.

“That’s the problem – that in the midst of a very dire situation you see how great this country is, everyone is getting together and helping each other get through this.”

Troops walk behind a security fence in Washington as security is stepping up ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.  Photo / AP
Troops walk behind a security fence in Washington as security is stepping up ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Photo / AP

What began in early January as a routine deployment of some 350 DC National Guard members to aid protests that are expected to explode over the past two weeks became a much larger operation to protect the inauguration and the US Congress Building, and to block access to the city and its many historical monuments.

When the protesters entered the Capitol on January 6, only a little over 100 National Guards were scattered around the city, guarding the Metro’s checkpoints and entrances. Hours later, five people are dead, the Capitol is in disarray and 1100 DC Guards have been activated.

The next day, as information arrived about more planned violence, requests went out for 6,200 members of the Guard from surrounding states.

On Thursday evening, as law enforcement and defense officials flooded maps and conducted security drills, they concluded they needed at least 25,000 to lock down Capitol grounds and vast areas of DC, including the National Mall. And they agreed that most of the Guards would be armed.

At that time, a new chapter of summons to state governors and military leaders began.

Many governors were willing to help, but they made it clear that the state capital was their priority. Some agreed to send more, while others couldn’t. And the numbers vary widely.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf doubled his initial commitment from 1,000 to 2,000. Other states managed to collect an additional dozen.

After reviewing threats against its own country, Minnesota decided it could significantly increase its contribution and would send 850 guards rather than the 130 originally deployed to leave, according to the state’s aide general, Major General Shawn Manke.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has agreed to send 700. On Friday, he announced he would send 300 more – even as he ordered nearly 600 to secure the Ohio state home in Columbus. So it is with the Governor of North Carolina.

Roy Cooper initially agreed to send 200 guards, and on Friday a Ford Porter spokesman said the country would send 100 more. Iowa first said it sent 250 and now the number is 265.

The big military response comes as Congress and law enforcement authorities try to figure out how the US Capitol captured the dramatic power of January 6.

The leaders of four committees in the Democratic-controlled House sent a letter on Saturday seeking briefings and documents from the FBI and other federal agencies as part of their review of the insurgency.

The call for more American soldiers also underscores the Pentagon’s limits on the use of active duty troops. Under the law, they cannot be used for law enforcement, and officials intend to avoid the emergence of armed active forces being used against US citizens on American soil.

Active duty forces routinely prepare to respond to emergencies in Washington, such as flight violations in restricted airspace over DC, and rapid reaction forces are on standby. Other active duty units will take part in various inauguration ceremonies.


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There were no early elections, the governor told the opposition | Instant News

LAHORE: Punjab governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said that April will come after March and nothing will happen. Elections will be held only after the government has completed its term of office. There is no consensus among the PDM parties but there are clear differences of opinion.

Even the opponents could not show Prime Minister Imran Khan’s honesty. The government is currently implementing policies that fully comply with transparency and performance.

This view was expressed by the governor of Punjab while speaking with party and media workers at the residence of Zafar Sindhu, a central member of the PTI, on Sunday.

Chaudhry Sarwar said that the opposition party should give up hopes of holding elections earlier because elections will be held only after the end of the term of government. People will decide with the power of their vote who they want to vote for and bring to power in the future. People stand by government policy, not with opposition parties and the government is taking steps to provide assistance to the people in all fields even in difficult times, he said.

The governor said transferring power to lower levels is the government’s top priority and as soon as we tackle the coronavirus, local government elections will be held in Punjab and there is no doubt that public matters will be handled through local bodies. He further said that because of the successful economic policies of the government under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership, Pakistan was successful in the economic field. Pakistan’s exports to the UK exceeded Rs1 billion for the first time and exports to Britain increased 47% in December. Pakistan will get its rightful place in the world in the economic field.

Chaudhry Sarwar said that a revolution is taking place in the industrial sector in Punjab as government policies and new job opportunities are also available for the people. The government also addresses business community issues based on priorities, he added.


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Government to complete his constitutional term: Governor of Punjab | Instant News


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Punjab governor Chaudhry Sarwar said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) would complete its constitutional term and resignation by the opposition would not be a problem for the incumbent government.

According to the details, SAPM Shahbaz Gill asked the Governor to discuss issues of mutual interest. The two PTI leaders urged the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to wait for the 2023 general election.

On the occasion, Chaudhry Sarwar said that PM Imran Khan would not compromise at all levels, and that the government that was in power ensures transparency and achievement in all areas.

Dialogue, instead of resignation and long marches, can find solutions to problems, he stressed.

During the meeting, Shahbaz Gill reiterated that PM Imran Khan will not resign or that elections will be held before 2023. The PDM only wants to protect its interests, he added.


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The PDM doesn’t understand its strategy: the governor of Punjab | Instant News

LAHORE: Punjab governor Ch Sarwar has announced that a mass wedding of 15 eligible Sikh couples will be arranged and an artificial forest near the Head of Baloki will be named after Baba Guru Nanak.

He spoke to the media on the birthday of the Sikh Guru Guru Gobind Singh’s 10th birthday here on Tuesday.

The governor distributed rations to 500 eligible minority families and said a 2 percent quota for minority jobs in the Ministry of Higher Education would also be implemented.

Narendra Modi is a minority and Kashmiri killer living in India. The United Nations must declare India and Narendra Modi terrorists, Sarwar said, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan would not resign before January 31 but he would complete his constitutional term as prime minister.

Narratives are as many as parties in PDM.

I am sure that the elections in Pakistan will be held in time. Since the formation of the PDM opposition alliance, no promises or claims have been fulfilled, so there is no doubt that the PDM knows nothing about its strategy, the governor said.

He said minorities in Pakistan enjoy freedom of religion. Minority MNA Shaneela Ruth and MPA Mahindra Pal Singh said, “We are proud that the government under Prime Minister Imran Khan’s leadership ensures the provision of all basic facilities for minorities and supports entitled families during the corona crisis.


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The PM will visit Karachi next week, the Sindh governor predicted | Instant News

Sindh governor Imran Ismail on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is likely to visit Karachi next week.

According to sources, the visit was carried out in the middle of the prime minister’s meeting with Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, KP Governor Shah Farman and PTI leader Saifullah Niazi today.

During the meeting, matters related to the overall political situation and actions to be taken in the future were discussed.

“Matters relating to the opinion polls in the provinces and the Senate elections were discussed in the meeting with Imran Khan today,” they said adding that the ongoing situation in Kashmir was also considered during the hearing in Islamabad.

According to sources, the prime minister has given important duties to the governor given the results of the Senate poll after he held in-depth discussions with Imran Ismail on political developments.

“The governor will soon start a meeting with political stakeholders on this matter,” they said.

It is important to highlight here that PTI has approached its coalition partners in the federal government, MQM-P and PML-F, for a joint strategy against the PPP-led Sindh incumbent government in Senate elections and opinion polls.

On January 1, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) approached its coalition partner at the Center, the Pakistan Muslim-Functional League (PML-F) to discuss a common strategy for general elections in Sindh province and Senate elections.

In details, the PTI delegation chaired by the Leader of the Opposition in the Sindh Assembly Firdous Shamim Naqvi contacted PML-F, one of the main stakeholders in the GDA, where they were greeted by Nand Kumar and Sardar Abdul Rahim.

In addition, speaking after the meeting, opposition leaders paid tribute to PML-F leader Pir Pagara and said that they visited PML-F leaders to discuss a common strategy for opinion polls in the province.

Firdous Shamim Naqvi said that 13 years of PPP rule had destroyed the province and they wanted to challenge it with the support of their allies.


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