Which phone does Imran Khan use

Pakistan: Imran Khan in a bind

The country is on the verge of collapse in many areas, and there is no money for renewal. In addition to this legacy of his predecessors, the new prime minister is now drawing the ire of the Islamists

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has been in office since mid-August, last week dismissed an economic advisor he had appointed himself because the Islamists in the country would not tolerate an advisor to the government who belongs to the Islamic minority of the Ahmadiyya. A storm of indignation broke out on social media, which is of little interest on the street - because Islamization in the country has advanced too far.

It was initiated in 1977 by General Zia ul-Huck - supported by the USA and Saudi Arabia. Neither the supposedly liberal General Musharaf nor Khan's predecessor governments of the Bhuttos and Sharif have attempted to reverse the judicial exclusion of Ahmadiyya from Pakistan's Muslim community.

The accumulated frustration of the liberals

Now Imran Khan suddenly counteracts the accumulated frustration of the liberals in the country because he is not touching the red-hot iron Ahmadiyya among the numerous problems: For the Ahmadiyya, Mohamed is not the last prophet, whereby they violate one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

The country's liberals know themselves why they don't demonstrate on the streets against the Islamists: out of justified fear of being murdered.

Under Zia ul-Haq, independent trade unions and almost everyone who actively campaigned against the Islamists were weeded out, and the US had Zia's back to spare. Likewise, every educated person in the country knows that the Pakistani army is using the Islamists for their purposes in Afghanistan and in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.

The real address when it comes to Islamists ...

The "contact person" in matters of Islamists would be the Pakistani army and not the prime minister, because he would not be in office for long without the tolerance of the army, as the example of Nawaz Sharif has shown (see: Pakistan - Pyrrhic victory of democracy).

In addition, it is becoming increasingly clear to Imran Khan what he has taken over from his predecessor Nawaz Sharif: a heavily indebted shop whose rotten inventory is about to collapse, while customers in the overcrowded shop jostle in front of empty shelves.

The nuclear power currently needs 12 billion dollars to ensure survival. The previous government also sold off the country's last reserves and the army swallows almost 30 percent of the state budget every year - this does not even include the costs of the nuclear program.

Broken economy and other disasters

The country not only suffers from acute financial shortages, but also from a broken economy, a catastrophic state health and education system, a state-endangering water shortage and ecological destruction on an enormous scale. In addition to all inherited problems, Khan is said to have drawn the ire of the Islamists.

At the end of last year, they had shown their influence when they paralyzed the capital Islamabad with 1,000 supporters for weeks because the army had refused to break the blockade of the Islamists (see time bomb Pakistan - a country in constant chaos).

Combating the causes of flight?

In his region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Imran Khan has shown that he wants to do something practical against the social and ecological decline of the country by planting millions of trees, improving the state school system and providing health insurance for the poorest.

The West would now have the opportunity to provide Imran Khan with targeted financial support so that he can bring about tangible social and ecological improvements.

Don't those in charge in the West keep talking about doing something about the causes of flight? The reasons for the population growth (1947: 30 million - 2018: 210 million) in Pakistan are poverty and a lack of education. The refugees, who will also come from Pakistan in the next few years due to environmental destruction alone, could overshadow everything that has existed so far.

Investing in education

The liberals in Pakistan could try to explain to the Chinese why they should also invest in education and not just in Pakistan's economy: if the poorest continue to send their children to free religious schools, Islamization will continue to advance, and Pakistan will also notice it how China treats its Muslims at home.

How religion is used

Instead, the Liberals are giving Khan the name "Taliban Khan" and accepting that Saudi Arabia will continue to gain influence in Pakistan through "donations". The fact that Imran Khan has declared that he wants to build a welfare state is ridiculed, and the word Islamic is demonized in front of the welfare state. Pakistan is an Islamic country.

For decades the religion has been used so that the people would neither rise up against the corrupt elite nor question the goings-on of their army. The Pakistanis were also told until 2001 that the mujahideen are heroes in Afghanistan. Then the US comes along and says that all of this is yesterday's news: Now the Taliban, which the US helped to create, are the bad guys.

Even after 2001, the Taliban in Afghanistan used radical inflammatory reading that was printed in the United States of America in the 1980s: at that time with the aim of calling for jihad against the Soviet Army in Afghanistan.

Imran Khan can't afford to take the second step before the first. Current survival is the top priority. The acute water crisis alone is a threat to the state. Then enormous investments must finally be made in a state education and health system so that people can see that the state is helping them.

Only with free state education can a climate be created in which an Ahmidiyya can also be part of the government.

Imran Khan and the USA

Even in a welfare state like Germany, something has obviously happened when 40 percent of the population is financially worse off than 20 years ago and when these 40 percent also feel the most of the state's austerity measures. In Pakistan, it is the overwhelming majority of the population who have to survive with simple jobs and who pay higher prices for water, electricity, gas, food and medicine every day.

People. who have to live crammed together in the smallest of spaces, while the country's elite and intellectuals enjoy themselves in the coffee houses of the posh district of Islamabad. As an upper-middle class lady in Islamabad said, "When I see the news from Pakistan, I think it's from another country."

Even the middle class of the country is seeking refuge in so-called smart cities with their own power supply and wells, which makes water even more scarce for the majority of the population.

Imran Khan is not an angel - he had to throw most of his ideals overboard to become prime minister. But he is a Prime Minister in Pakistan who neither wants to enrich himself, his family nor the army - and that alone is an exception.

The fact that the US government is currently freezing US $ 300 million in military aid is not due to Pakistan's lack of engagement in the "war on terror": It has been known since mid-2003 that the Pakistani army and secret services hid and nursed the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan . It never really bothered the US government because the hunt for al-Qaeda was important to them.

In addition, the US had a first-class test area for its drones in the Pakistani border areas with Afghanistan for decades. The main reason for the aid freeze is because the US government wants to punish Pakistan for turning to China.

The United States apparently failed to realize that it is not a matter of whether it or Beijing will determine the direction in Pakistan, but only whether it can have a say in Pakistan alongside China.

China and Pakistan

With loans worth 60 billion US dollars, Beijing has Pakistan firmly in the debt trap: Pakistan has to take out loans to pay the interest on the old loans, because those of the IMF are still far from being paid off. But instead of the urgently needed 12 billion, Beijing only added two billion, because the Chinese government is realizing that Pakistan is a bottomless pit.

One major attack on a few of the thousands of Chinese workers in Pakistan who participated in the New Silk Road work would further jeopardize Beijing's goals in Pakistan - regardless of who is responsible for the attack (see Dead Chinese in Pakistan).

But without a stable Pakistan, the New Silk Road in this region will end at the Kunjerab Pass. Without a stable Pakistan, Beijing will not get a reasonable relationship with India, whose "1.3 billion market" the Chinese need for the growth trap they have also entered.

Without Pakistan there will be no peace in Afghanistan either. The military leadership of the United States also says that peace in Afghanistan is only possible if negotiations are carried out with the Taliban. The United States is thereby admitting that the Pakistani army has won its game about Afghanistan, which is transparent to all.

The Taliban: Pakistani survivors

The Afghan Taliban may not be a homogeneous entity, but they only survived with the support of Pakistani forces who kept the Taliban alive as a bargaining chip for their influence in Afghanistan.

With the support of the warlords in Afghanistan, who carried out the dirty work against the Taliban for the USA on the ground, the USA has ensured that many people in Afghanistan regard the Taliban as the lesser evil.

They are not a solution. And between all of this stands Imran Khan, who currently has to take US $ 250 million out of the pot for development projects in order to use it to fight the acute water crisis and to pay off debt: In 2017, 401 people in Pakistan were victims of terrorist attacks. 200,000 small children die in Pakistan every year as a result of dirty drinking water.

Anyone who still has not understood where the way is going if one follows the "flagship of the West of Values" and its advice on more military armament, the conclusion of an internal future study by the Bundeswehr is suggested.

Ten years ago it predicted that the United States would still be a world power militarily in 25 years' time, but that the American people would live with the infrastructure of a developing country.

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