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The truth and half truth of Moeed Yusuf who was not elected as the advisor to Imran Khan-ANI | Instant News

By Tilak Devasher
New Delhi [India] 19 October (ANI): An interview given by Moeed Yusuf, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s national security adviser and strategic policy planning, provided to an Indian media platform recently, made headlines in Pakistan. In some circles, it was even seen as a much-needed victory against the backdrop of the storm of protest by the Opposition.

What is the real role of Moeed Yusuf? A decision issued by the Chair of the Islamabad High Court in August 2020 stated that non-elected advisers and special assistants to the prime minister cannot exercise executive or administrative powers in carrying out government functions; any executive function performed will be deemed to have been taken illegally, and therefore no longer valid. Most importantly, according to court rulings, special advisers and assistants are not even authorized to speak on behalf of the government.

According to the same assessment, the PM’s advisor has no role in the policy affairs of a ministry. Pakistan has Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs, so how do non-elected advisers make policy statements?
For example, Yusuf asserted that no decision had yet been made to make Gilgit Baltistan (GB) a province and GB would be included in the vote on the day the voting took place. Such policy statements are not only illegal and invalid but also raise the question of whether the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Kashmiri Affairs have been dismissed or so incompetent that they are handing over responsibility in foreign policy and Kashmir affairs to unelected advisers?

Yusuf may have tried to avoid this breach by projecting himself the equivalent of India’s National Security Advisor (NSA). Unfortunately, he didn’t. Pakistan’s last NSA was Lt. Gen. Naseer Janjua (retired) who resigned in June 2018 after Imran Khan’s government came to power.

So, Yusuf doesn’t have the standi locus to make statements like he does to speak on behalf of the Pakistani government. On this basis alone, entire interviews can be discarded and are best viewed as individual views.

This article could end here but it is necessary to expose the untruth and half-truths that Yusuf made with the full knowledge and support of Imran Khan and through him in the army.

For starters, the interviews, which were conducted at the highest levels in Pakistan, pegged the lie that India was sending messages to Pakistan showing a desire to engage in dialogue. After painting India as the applicant, the interview allowed Yusuf to name the Kashmir-centered prerequisites Pakistan considered necessary for initiating dialogue.
It allows a cheap pulse for its domestic audience that Pakistan is not desperate for dialogue but is laying down difficult conditions before talks can take place. Yusuf must have recognized the absurdity of this condition and the logical conclusion is that if the offer of talks is not basically a bluff, then in a convoluted manner it is an indication that Pakistan is seeking talks.
In short, trying to convey the message that Pakistan was not too interested in dialogue with India, he was just the opposite. However, Yusuf’s efforts were in vain when a spokesman for the Indian MEA later denied claims that India was sending any messages for dialogue.

The more nasty board in the interview tries to force equality between Pakistan and India on the issue of terrorism. He tried to do this by linking to India, the individual who carried out specific attacks in Pakistan such as the Army Public Schools in 2014. Although Yusuf thought this would be sensational, it actually failed because it was not supported by any evidence nor was he convinced why the information was not was revealed before.

In Kashmir, Yusuf said that India has scored its own goals with the change of 05 August 2019, staring at the explosion, must save itself from embarrassment and reverse the course. This raises the question that if India is in a swamp, Pakistan should rejoice, then why should Yusuf be concerned?
Obviously, it is because India has handled the situation with maturity, belying Pakistan’s hopes and Yusuf articulates Pakistan’s frustration so that the situation doesn’t explode.

Yusuf’s underlying argument is that India has become a ‘rogue state’ because it never complied with the UN Charter and UN resolutions and now India has officially violated them. Yusuf clearly hasn’t read the UN resolutions and the step-by-step approach they have put in place for holding the vote. Perhaps it would be good for him to reread the resolution carefully and realize that it was Pakistan that did not follow the resolution and violated the UN resolution and not India.

The extraordinary assertion that Yusuf made was that Pakistan did not recognize the instrument of accession because it was signed under pressure. He, like others before him, had completely ruled out a Pak-sponsored invasion of the so-called muggers on 22 October 1947 which created the Kashmir problem in the first place.
Pakistan had directly planned and carried out the invasion despite having a Standing Agreement with the Maharaja. There is documentary evidence to suggest that Jinnah and Liaquat Ali were on board.
The options before the Maharaja were striking – accept the plunder and destruction of his kingdom or ask for help. He chose the last option but according to Yusuf, he made the suspect’s accession instrument !!! What Yusuf implied was that faced with an invasion, the Maharaja had to agree to Pakistan and then the instrument would become valid.

In Kulbhushan Yadav, Yusuf was also very weak. He claims that the two consular accesses granted are unhindered but they are just that. He insisted that India should choose Pakistani lawyers even after it was shown to him that as far back as April 2017, the Lahore High Court Bar Association had said that action would be taken against Pakistani lawyers defending Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Against such setbacks, how can India expect Pakistani lawyers to defend Jadhav? Joseph could not answer it well.

Regarding the Mumbai terror attacks, which realized Pakistan was buying time, Yusuf accused India of deliberately delaying sending witnesses and sharing evidence.
According to him, this was done to continue to accuse Pakistan of terrorism. This is indeed an absurd argument

The escape door that Yusuf uses is to claim a lofty moral ground, that at the instructions of his prime minister, he wants to talk about the future – ‘to talk to you how we can move forward, how can we solve our problems, not to bring up past matters . ‘
In other words, India should sweep Pakistani terrorist activity under the carpet and forget about it. Joseph had to realize that this was not going to happen. The precious lives of Indians have been lost that the country does not want to forget. Pakistan must accept that regardless of its terrorist activity in India there will be no movement forward and India will bring up its past with full satisfaction.

Where Yusuf is perhaps most self-destructive is his rejection of the Uighur genocide. He stated that the Uighurs were not a problem, ‘… I tell you as a responsible official, we know everything we need to know about the Uighurs and everything in China as they do about us. We have no worries, no worries at all. ‘This is not just an outright lie given the growing body of credible evidence, but it will haunt Joseph for a long time.

Defending the boss is admirable, but for Yusuf to claim that Imran Khan is a strategic thinker is ridiculous and humorous. Imran Khan’s track record is none other than being a strategic thinker while statements like that make Yusuf’s credibility too bad.

Overall, the most striking thing about the interview is the series of untruths and half-truths that Yusuf peddled. In the process, however, he uncovers Pakistan’s strategy to try to damage the Indian brand before India takes a seat on the UN Security Council.
(Disclaimer: The author of this opinion article is Tilak Devasher, who is the author of three well-known books on Pakistan and Member of the National Security Advisory Council) (ANI)

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The 39-year-old Pakistani NSA is a key player in Gilgit force’s move in line with China – world news | Instant News

Army Commander General Qamar Javed Bajwa has led Pakistani exercises create a province in the disputed Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) in the occupied Northern Territory, held secret meetings with state politicians on the topic before a minister announced Islamabad’s plans last week. But the army, said those with knowledge of the matter, did not push for the creation of a mere fifth province.

A 39 year old man also worked hard. Moeed W. Yusuf.

Yusuf, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Special Assistant in the Division of National Security and Strategic Planning, has been a major player in Islamabad’s decision to revoke the autonomy granted to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and include the disputed region as one of Pakistan’s five provinces, Pakistan Observer in New Delhi said, describing Pakistan’s young National Security Advisor as one of the main driving forces of the project.

Inward assimilation of Gilgit-Baltistan The Islamic Republic is doing well with China which has poured billions of dollars – even if most of them are loans – into the China Pakistan Economic Corridor to build an alternative supply line to the clogged and vulnerable Strait of Malacca, the main shipping route between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The army has increased its presence in the GB region over the years to secure CPEC which has faced some opposition from locals over concerns that it destroying the environment, culture and social order without much benefit to the people.

The attempt to change the status of the Gilgit-Baltistan dispute also fits into Moeed Yusuf’s longstanding project to turn the Line of Control with India into an International Border. Back in 2009 when he was still an academic and built up his relationship with establishments in Pakistan and the United States, Moeed Yusuf had advocated turning LoC into an IB, with both sides retaining sovereign control over each part of Jammu and Kashmir.

One Pakistani observer said Moeed Yusuf was exploring the possibility of formalizing the LoC as the border between the two countries nearly a decade later when he visited New Delhi in 2018. “By then, he had taken root in his stance in Washington through the US Peace Institute and worked closely with the Force Pakistani Ground and Inter-Service Intelligence, “he said.

Yusuf has cultivated an image as a supporter of Indo-Pak peace and the resolution of the Kashmir issue at USIP. He ran into a bit of controversy at the USIP months before Imran Khan selected him as his special adviser in December 2019 when objections were raised about the publicly funded institution being the preferred venue for hosting Pakistani officials at events reserved for elected invitation. A South Asia expert Dr Christine Fair also alleges that Yusuf has shared sensitive information with Pakistani bodies using his position and access within USIP.

Moeed Yusuf is said to have continued talking about his ideas about Indo-Pak relations after he joined Imran Khan’s team as well and linked the agenda with General Bajwa and other high-ranking military officers.

In his new role on Imran Khan’s team, his understanding and familiarity with the American system helped him position him as a key strategic thinker for the Pakistani leadership, particularly in dealing with the US Administration, Congress, the bureaucracy and think tanks.

Not much is known about his views on Pakistan’s support for terrorism to achieve political and diplomatic goals, particularly in Kashmir. Indian counter-terror officials said they had never heard of an incident in which Moeed Yusuf spoke about ending standing support for terrorists operating in India.

“What we do know is that he actually came up with the idea that Pakistan shouldn’t seek mediation in Kashmir because of concerns that Islamabad could be placed in an awkward position if the US submitted a one-sided proposal, similar to Donald Trump’s Middle East Plan. , “Said a senior Indian official. This idea, however, did not find support from the military and foreign offices.


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Pakistan will bring back more than 100,000 stranded citizens | Instant News

KARACHI, Pakistan

Pakistan will carry out special repatriation operations to bring back thousands of citizens who have been stranded around the world because of the coronavirus pandemic.

There are more than 100,000 Pakistanis stranded in 88 countries, with the majority in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, according to National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf.

“In the first phase, 30 special flights will be operated from May 2 to May 10 to bring back our citizens,” he said at a press conference in the capital Islamabad on Saturday.

He said 15,000 Pakistanis had been repatriated from 38 countries.

Of the rest, around 70,000 and 15,000 are respectively in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.

Several countries, including the US, UAE and Saudi Arabia, have given permission for special flights by the national flag carrier Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).

“PIA still does not have access to many of the 88 countries where our citizens are stranded. But we are making alternative arrangements to bring them back, “Yusuf said.

“Workers and day laborers, who lost their jobs due to the coronavirus crisis or those whose visas will or will end, will be returned to priority.”

There are more than 3.1 million Pakistanis in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, which holds almost two million Pakistanis, ranks among the countries with the highest remittances to Pakistan, more than $ 4.5 billion per year, followed by the UAE with more than $ 3.47 billion, according to the State Bank of Pakistan .

Coronavirus in Pakistan

The number of corona virus cases in Pakistan, which is the hardest hit country in South Asia after India, reached 18,114 on Friday, with 417 deaths and 4,715 recoveries.

The northeastern Punjab and southern Sindh provinces are the most affected, with 6,733 and 6,675 cases, respectively.

More than 3.36 million cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December, with the US and Europe being the most severe regions in the world.

A large number of COVID-19 patients – more than 1.06 million – have recovered, but the disease has claimed almost 240,000 lives so far, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, USA.

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