LONDON: A writer and columnist living in England, Naveed Aman Khan, condemns the ongoing detention of Jang and Editor-in-Chief Geo Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman (MSR) in the case of 34-year-old private property.
He wrote that the Imran Khan government tried to suppress freedom of speech and silence the country’s critical voices. The MSR arrest was clearly aimed at hurting the largest media group in Pakistan, he added. Many times in the past, Jang and Geo’s offices have been attacked and Geo has also been released several times in the past, he said further.
Khan said civil society activists observed that the space for dissent and independent journalism had shrunk considerably in Pakistan since the PTI came to power in 2018. He quoted that the World Press Freedom Index for 2020 ranked Pakistan 145th out of 180 countries – three places lower from last year. He said the National Accountability Bureau was used to harass MSR.
He said continuing international condemnation from all parties towards the detention of MSR. The European Union has expressed serious concern over the arrest of Editor-in-Chief of Pakistan’s largest media group, he added.
Politicians, civil society and journalist institutions demand the immediate release of MSR. The arrest of Editor-in-Chief Jang and Geo Group for false accusations is an attack on media freedom and a step to silence honest voices, he added. He said the PTI government did not follow democratic norms and wanted to mute every voice raised for the truth, because it first captured political opponents and now had begun to target the media. Khan said the sin of Geo and Jang Group was to expose the PTI government scandal.
Columnists say freedom of expression cannot be achieved unless the implementation of the Constitution in the form of letters and enthusiasm. He said MSR was the strongest voice of the voiceless. – News Desk
Before Donald Trump Even as president, he called for a new arms race. On December 22, 2016, he tweeted: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities until the world is aware of nuclear. “
With the world disrupted by Covid-19 and approaching the 2020 presidential election, Trump now threatens to conduct the first nuclear weapons test in America since 1992, the idea was reportedly discussed by Trump senor officials at a meeting at the White House regarding May 15th. These tests can start a new multilateral Cold War and have provoked North Korea.
So how does this happen – and what does world history tell us about the dangerous regulations of Trump’s arms control?
During The cold War, prospective superpowers see nuclear weapons testing as a way to regain geopolitical control after the Second World War – even though their national economy went bankrupt and the kingdom was reduced. This offers an unfortunate allegory for Trump’s contemporary aspirations, because he reflects the isolationist state he has created, and strives to distract from the danger he is causing.
While historic nuclear weapons test carried out by the US, Britain, China, Russia and France bringing power, they are also detrimental army who do the tests, and destroy the surroundings local society. As an example, Runit Island became uninhabitable because of radioactive waste from nuclear tests in the US Marshall Island. Marshall people will never be able to go home, and Runit Dome, a tomb-like structure that holds thousands of tons of radioactive waste, poses a climate threat sea level rises. We know that destruction nuclear weapons can cause, but progress is slow. 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Agreement has been ratified by 154 countries, but not yet valid.
Now 50 years since Non-Proliferation Agreement (NPT) becomes international law. This is the first agreement that aspires to non-proliferation and disarmament. While the US remains a member, it has neglected its duties and could hamper renewal by 2021. Trump has rejected several other important agreements in the past three years. This includes The new beginning, the last US-Russian agreement; that Iran Agreement; that Mid-term Nuclear Forces Agreement (INF); and recently, Open Sky Agreement. When asked about Open Skies, Trump said, “I think what will happen is that we will retreat, and they will come back, and want to make a deal.“Even Russia is concerned about Trump’s actions.
What Trump misunderstood is that gun control is not just business exchange. Nuclear agreements must be managed with subtlety and sensitivity. They are designed to maintain global geopolitical stability through cooperation and consensus. One does not just “withdraw”. Cassandras lamented we are Democrats, shouted at by the majority of the Republicans when they tried to introduce “Limiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons” in 2017. This is when nuclear taboo begin to unravel.
While Trump claims to admire his Republican predecessor Ronald Reagan, it is clear to everyone that they are very different people. While Reagan also became president as a long-term critic of weapons control, at the end of his term of service, he had been a supporter of disarmament and reportedly said, “Why wait until the end of this century for a world free of nuclear weapons? “ It makes no sense to imagine these words spoken by Trump.
For Americans, Trump’s nuclear posture is not timely. The aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic can provide opportunities for investment in health, technology and sustainable economic growth – instead, Trump seems to want to silence state funding. The cost of the US nuclear test will show nothing to the world, apart from the dangers of applying a neoliberal ideology from deregulation to weapons control.
Meanwhile, the international community is pushing back against nuclear weapons. Fiji, Namibia and Belize recently ratified 2017 UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Only 13 ratifications are needed until they take effect. Nobel Peace Prize winner developer agreement Tim Wright told me, “While most countries are advancing disarmament through a new UN nuclear weapons ban agreement, the Trump administration is actively undermining the cause.”
Nuclear weapons are dirty, dangerous and out of date technology. Eight countries have exploded 2,056 nuclear explosion over the past 75 years, so I’m pretty sure that we know how it works now. When we reflect on the global legacy of the damage they cause, it is clear that strict gun control and gradual disarmament are important.
However, the future is not written. We may be at the peak of peace, or on the brink of a new multilateral Cold War – perpetrated by people who think they are above international law.
Dr Becky Alexis-Martin is a lecturer in human geography at Manchester Metropolitan University. He examines nuclear culture and geopolitics. He is a writer “Disarming Doomsday: The Human Impact of Nuclear Weapons Since Hiroshima” which has been shortlisted for L.H.M. Ling Outstanding First Book Award
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