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A new Sharif in town

omar r quraishi

Journalist

@omar_quraishi

Gen Sharif was 3rd on the seniority list and the Pak media didn’t really think he would be picked – shows unpredictability of selection

Farrukh Khan Pitafi

TV Anchor

@FarrukhKPitafi

Well congrats Lt Gen Raheel Sharif. To be honest I was hoping to see Gen Haroon as the next chief. But as I said PM’s prerogative!

Feisal H. Naqvi

Lawyer

@laalshah

Old joke abt “iss mulk mein sirf do sharif, Babra Sharif aur Nawaz Sharif” will now need to be revised

Talat Aslam

Editor, The News

@titojourno

Has anyone ever described an incoming COAS as ‘thoroughly unprofessional and politically ambitious’ at the time of his appointment?

Sanam Taseer

Daughter of Salman Taseer

@SanamTaseer

Junior General made COA. that usually turns out really well.

Syed Talat Hussain

Anchor, Saach TV

@TalatHussain12

PM Sharif handpicks Gen Sharif, learns nothing from past experience.

Wajahat S. Khan

Correspondent, NBC News

@WajSKhan

COAS-select Raheel Sharif also has the rare & coveted legacy angle covered as the brother of Nishan-e-Haider Shabbir Sharif Shaheed

Nusrat Javeed

Columnist & TV Anchor

@javeednusrat

Raheel Sharif’s appointment is definitely a good news. A thorough soldier with no interest in things political.

Rauf Klasra

Ediotr, Dunya TV

@KlasraRauf

@haroonsardar NS lucky. No Leo to stop him this time. COAS RS is Libra and libra r decent, witty, intelligent, lucky but lack decision making

Asad Umar

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)

@Asad_Umar

The new COAS is the brother of a great son of pakistan. Hope he can serve the nation well as a professional army chief

Mehreen Zahra-Malik

Pakistan Correspondent, Reuters

@mehreenzahra

In the end, it wasn’t about seniority after all. “Raheel Sharif chosen as new Pakistan army chief – govt official

Pervez Musharraf

Former President of Pakistan

@P_Musharraf

I congratulate General Raheel Sharif on his promotion as the new Chief of the Army Staff.

PM Nawaz Sharif appoints Raheel Sharif new Army Chief

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Airport Assault

Quatrina Hosain

Anchor, Abb Tak

@QuatrinaHosain

Is Karachi attack prelude to another round of incessant terror attacks nationwide? Eerie lull these past few weeks indicative of new phase.

Azhar Abbas

Journalist

@AzharAbbas3

TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claims responsibility of Khi airport attack, says they have now re-launched attacks after failure of talks.

Mosharraf Zaidi

Columnist

@mosharrafzaidi

I am on PK 319. We were scheduled to land at midnight in Karachi. Plane landed at Nawabshah. All well here. Prayers for Karachi airport.

Adil Najam

Professor, International Relations

@AdilNajam

‪#‎TaftanMassacre and ‪#‎KarachiAirport: Can we please start fighting the war that is not ours but keeps taking ours from us?

Omar Quraishi

Editor, Express Tribune

@omar_quraishi

The image of terrorists armed with RPGs running across the tarmac of Karachi airport, taking positions near the runway, damage is done.

Rameeza Nizami

Reporter, The Nation

@RameezaNizami

Only PTV sounding confident right now. Might be the inspirational background music. Everyone else tired, confused, resigned to the chaos.

Zahid Hussain

Journalist

@hidhussain

Terrorists once again managed to target high security zone; exposes ineptness of you security and intelligence agencies.

Ali Dayan

Human Rights Activist

@AliDayan

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Raza Rumi

Columnist

@Razarumi

Terrorists could have wreaked more havoc and their plans to hijack and/or destroy planes were foiled. Credit where it’s due. #Pakistan

Ejaz Haider

Anchor, Capital TV

@ejazhaider

#Finale: X no of terrorists killed; Y no of security personnel felled; Z no of aircraft damaged. Spectacle created. Mission accomplished.

Reaction to the TTP attack on Karachi International Airport

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Breaking the Ice: Nawaz Heads to India

Imtiaz Gul

Security Analyst

@vogul1960

Attending Modi oath taking marks a break from, and defeat of, cold-war era mindset that ails Pakistan. Hopefully we stay the course.

Munawar Bhatti

Former Ambassador to Brussels

@MunawarsBhatti

BJP reaction to PM Nawaz Sharif visit terming it as the “beginning of a new relationship” bodes well for Pak-India relations #NS #Modi

Farooq Tariq

Awami Workers Party (AWP)

@Farooqtaqriq3

An extreme right wing wave brought Modi to power, no good news for Indian minorities. PM Nawaz’s visit will not make any fundamental difference.

Ahsan Iqbal

Minister, Planning & Development

@betterpakistan

PM Sharif’s decision to go to India for opening peace door in South Asia is being appreciated all over the world.

Shireen Mazari

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI)

@ShireenMazari1

PM’s visit to Modi inaugural not an issue, but he also has a 1-on-1 meeting which would have been good had PMLN worked out a cohesive India policy!

Mushahid Hussain

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q)

@Mushahid

Rather than being hostage to Islamophobic RSS, Modi needs to learn from BJP’s PM Vajpayee, who had Nixonian vision in outreach to neighbours.

Jan Achakzai

Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F)

@Jan_Achakzai

We hail NS to take up PM-designate Modi’s invite. He should urge India come out of its post-Mumbai diplomatic hangover.

Afrasiab Khattak

Awami National Party (ANP)

@a_siab

PM Nawaz Sharif has done the right thing by accepting Modi’s invitation. Both countries can’t afford perpetual confrontation.

Maryam N. Sharif

Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N)

@MaryamNSharif

I read this out to PM 🙂 “@sherryrehman: PM Sharif should seriously consider accepting the Modi invite to SAARC leaders for his oath taking…

Sherry Rehman

President, Jinnah Institute

@sherryrehman

PM Sharif’s decision to attend the Modi inauguration is a very good one. Now let’s not burden this event with a rush of expectations just yet.

Reaction of PM Sharif's decision to go to Delhi

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Doing More in Afghanistan

Syed Talat Hussain

Journalist and Commentator

@TalatHussain12

Trump has okayed possible ‘inland attacks’ in case Pakistan doesnt dismantle alleged Haqqani set-up, claim diplomatic sources.

Bushra Gohar

Politician, ANP

@BushraGohar

Will the Parliament continue to remain a silent spectator? We have lost precious lives due to flawed foreign & security policies.

Abdul Basit

Former Ambassador

@abasitpak1

US is either clueless or deliberately complicating matters in Afghanistan..

Nasim Zehra

Journalist and Commentator

@NasimZehra

Trump’s shoutOut 2 Delhi 4 coop in Afghanistan/globally: let’s together ward off growing Rusia-China influence-ur kiling Kashmiris is kosher

Imtiaz Gul

Policy Analyst

@vogul1960

Trump speech=old wine in new flashy bottle=precipitating existing geo-political divisions (Indo-US-Afgh) vs Pak-Sino-Russia= more escalation

Asad Umar

Member of National Assembly, PTI

@Asad_Umar

There is no solution if afghanistan without bringing all segments of afghanistan onboard and addressing legitimate concerns of Pakistan

Mosharraf Zaidi

Columnist

@mosharrafzaidi

To date, US taxpayers have put over $714 billion in Afghanistan. Pakistan total GDP is about $300 billion. But yeah. All Pakistan’s fault.

Mushahid Husain

Senator, PML-Q

@Mushahid

New US South Asian & Afghanistan strategy’ is confusing, convoluted & clueless: is purpose to take on the Taliban or talk to the Taliban?

Ali Dayan Hasan

Human Rights Campaigner

@AliDayan

#India stabilizing #Afghanistan is about as likely as Pakistan liberating Kashmir or Trump emerging as a civil rights icon. Great plan!

Sherry Rehman

President, Jinnah Institute

@sherryrehman

I’m sorry, but others need to “do more ” in Afghanistan, not Pakistan. Guess we were ok as long as the supply lines were needed. Moving on

Reactions of President Trump's announcement of US policy towards Afghanistan and South Asia

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Endangered Census

Jan Achakzai

Journalist

@Jan_Achakzai

#LahoreBlast: precious lives lost. May Allah bless martyrs. Terrorism is a menace 2 be fought generationally w-out complacency.

Syed Talat Hussain

Journalist

@TalatHussain12

#Lahore Terror strikes again. More lives lost. Targeting census team only shows the aim of terror is to disrupt national projects.

Reham Khan

Journalist

@RehamKhan1

Deeply disturbing targeting of the only metropolis considered to be safe. Must defeat evil designs by staying united #LahoreBlast

Farrukh K. Pitafi

TV Anchor

@FarrukhKPitafi

Heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. It is time to crush terrorism, totally & absolutely.

M. Jibran Nasir

Social Activist

@MJibranNasir

A day after IG Punjab claimed that Punjab has been cleansed of all terror outfits & hideouts precious lives are lost in Lahore to terrorism

Gharidah Farooqi

Anchor, Express News

@GFarooqi

It’s an open secret, suburbs of Lhr incl Bedian Rd been the activities hub of banned outfits since ages. Sleeper cells still working.

Shireen Mazari

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)

@ShireenMazari1

Lahore sees another terror attack – this time against census team on Bedian road. Sad. Our urban centres remain vulnerable to terrorists.

AVM (r) Shahid Latif

Security and Defense Analyst

@AMShahidLatif

Salutes to soldiers who got martyrdom in the line of duty. Terrorism won’t end till #RaddUlFasaad doesn’t reach South Punjab.

Sherry Rehman

President, Jinnah Institute

@sherryrehman

Thoughts and prayers for brave #LahoreBlast victims. Hope more tragedy is not needed for denialism about violent extremism to end.

Reactions to the suicide blast in Lahore Targetting Census team on 25/04/2017

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IMF Bailout

Madiha Afzal

Former Member of Parliament

@MadihaAfzal

Officials in Islamabad said approaching the IMF became inevitable when Saudi Arabia turned down a request to delay payments for oil imports last week.

Syed Ali Raza Abidi

Central Vice President, ANP

@abidifactor

Pakistan‘s policies were doing just fine until 25/07/18, even during the caretaker setup. But as soon as youthiyas took over they created panic and uncertainty which has forced them to take unpopular steps. If IMF is now the only option why was PTI claiming they won’t go for it?

Omar R Quraishi

Journalist

@omar_quraishi

The stock market fell over 7% in less than a week – mainly due to the Government’s indecision over the IMF bailout Many Insafians are justifying this loss of billions in market capitalization (& losses for those investing in stocks) by saying it was invested by the corrupt…

Hammad Azhar

Minister of State for Revenue, Government of Pakistan

@Hammad_Azhar

The challenge for the #PTI govt is to use the space offered by the bailout to undertake much delayed structural reforms so that we end the spiral of this debt dependancy.

Mushahid Hussain

Senator

@Mushahid

‘Naya Pakistan’ 2 U-turns in succession: PTI regime talked of ‘breaking the begging bowl’, but now is rushing to get IMF bailout ; IG Police Punjab removed on eve of bye-elections, because incumbent was ‘too independent’/resisted political pressure. Goodbye to good governance!

Miftah Ismail

Former Federal Minister of Finance

@MiftahIsmail

2)Going to IMF was only wrong in Purana Pakistan and showed a lack of strategy and imagination. In Naya Pakistan it is kosher.

Nasim Zehra

Journalist & Author

@NasimZehra

Govt goes to the IMF. Govt increases water charges. Govt’s increases gas prices.Govt taken steps that have led to inflation. StockMarket tumbled down by 1300 points. Management of the economy is a colossal complex & sober task so tall claims & opposition-mode by govt unwarranted.

Khurram Husain

Business Editor at Dawn newspaper

@KhurramHusain

Meanwhile foreign exchange reserves of the State Bank drop by $627 million between Sept 19 and 28 (latest data just released). I don’t recall the last time I saw a drop this steep. Anyone care for a policy direction soon? Or are we still at gnashing our teeth at each other?

Haris Gazdar

Senior Researcher, Collective for Social Science Research

@HarisGazdar

Going to the IMF is not Imran Khan’s ‘fault’. Most sensible observers could have predicted this even 3 years ago when the PML-N’s narrative about CPEC led growth was in full swing. The ‘fault’ is not letting PML-N pay the political price of its disastrous economic management!

Abid Qaiyum Suleri

Executive Director SDPI

@Abidsuleri

To me, it ll be much easier 4 GOP to achieve macro-fiscal stability through an IMF loan, without neglecting the alternative sources of funding & taking care of social protection.

Twitter reactions to the government's decision to seek an IMF bailout

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India’s Saffron Sweep

Ahmer Naqvi

Analyst

@karachikhatmal

Tempted to say goodbye to the idea of a syncretic South Asia this afternoon. Of course, it has resisted far worse, but still.

Mehreen Zahra Malik

TV Anchor

@Mehreenzahra

Also, never again will an Indian treat his chaiwala badly. I’m going to go give mine a hug. #IndiaDecides2014 #Modi

Hasan Zaidi

Columnist

@hyzaidi

The unspoken anxiety in Pak about Indian Hindutva landslide is whether we’ll understand even half of what’s being said there now. #Sanskriti

Wajahat S Khan

Correspondent, NBC News

@WajSKhan

Civ-mil tensions here. Hyper nationalist government there. A brand new president on the other side. I’m waiting for a nasty little war.

Moeed Pirzada

TV Anchor

@MoeedNj

#PM Nawaz did an excellent decision (perhaps the first such of his Reign of Errors) by quickly calling Narendra Modi & congratulating him!

Marvi Sirmed

Journalist

@marvisirmed

Congratulations India, congratulations Mr. Modi. We in Pakistan hope the best for the region, peace & you MT @narendramodi: India has won!

Omar R. Quraishi

Editor, Express Tribune

@omar_qursaishi

With a right-wing prime minister who should be able to contain India’s hawks & establishment, will Modi be able to strike peace with Pak?

Raza Rumi

Columnist

@Razarumi

So the rise and fall of @AamAadmiParty in #Delhi will be a subject of endless debates 🙂 Not a single seat after that teacup #Revolution

Mosharraf Zaidi

Development Consultant

@mosharrafzaidi

Pakistanis should not be self-conscious in assessing what a Modi-led India may mean. We should also be seeking to understand this India.

Ayaz Amir

Columnist

@AyyazAmir

A statesman’s rhetoric is always different than that in election campaign. #Modi will have to step forward for peace in the region.

Reaction to the BJP's landslide victory

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Indian Aggression

Mosharraf Zaidi‏

Policy Analyst

@mosharrafzaidi

Just to be clear: #Balakot is not in Azad Kashmir. If Indian Air Force planes dropped payload in Balakot, they crossed across the LOC, and then across the entirety of Azad Kashmir, and then into Khyber Pakhtukhwa. India didn’t “cross the LOC”. It has attacked Pakistan.

Asma Shirazi‏

Journalist

@asmashirazi

Indian jets violated our boundary, intruded inside Pakistan, came close to Balkot, KPK, crossing over Kashmir. My simple question is Why did we let them go?

Asad Hashim

Journalist

@AsadHashim

Local journalists tell @AJEnglish that location of Indian payload drop appears to be Jaba, an uninhabited forest area in Mansehra district located about 10km from border with Pakistan-administered Kashmir and 60km from LoC.

Moeed Pirzada

TV Anchor

@MoeedNj

Crucial thing to determine the nature of this incursion is if Indian Mirage planes stayed inside Pakistani territory for 3-4 minutes, as it looks from ISPR statement or for 21 minutes as Indian media claim. ISPR should share their trajectory with media to clarify this confusion

Khurram Dastigr Khan

Former Minister for Foreign Affairs

@kdastgirkhan

“Pak should strive diplomatically to get revoked OIC invitation to India~Or Pak should boycott the meeting. The “I” in OIC stands for Islamic. How can a country guilty of savage repression of IO Kashmiri Muslims be guest of honour?” ~Spoke in National Assembly on Indian incursion

Hamid Mir

TV Anchor

@HamidMirPAK

Indian Foreign Secretary never clarified which Balakot was attacked?In KPK or AJK?He never took any questions from media after reading a statement because he was aware media will ask for evidence

Dr. Yasmin Rashid

Provincial Minister For Primary & Secondary Healthcare

@Dr_YasminRashid

The only thing that India has dropped with its claimed attack into the sovereign territory of Pakistan, is its farce of being a peaceful neighbour. It may be election year for Modi but to endanger regional peace for vested interest is nothing short of insanity! #PakistanZindabad

Farrukh K. Pitafi

TV Anchor

@FarrukhKPitafi

Intel based strikes take place with some credible intel info. Unless you are attacking trees, you are supposed to know which high value target you are going for. If you know whom did you target you can pray tell so that we can start parading them on live television.

Sherry Rehman

President, Jinnah Institute

@sherryrehman

Make no mistake:in any hour of Indian aggression Pakistan unites to stand by our brave #PakForces .High time the govt woke up to its responsibilities and called a joint session of parliament to send a clear, powerful message to the world:we don’t want war but we r ready for it.

Imtiaz Gul‏

Policy Analyst

@vogul1960

What a claim: 12 fighter aircraft, dropped a mere 1000 kg bombs, and before heading back from #Balakot they also counted 300 dead bodies in the dark of early morning. Quite a stunning script of a Bollywood film

Twitter Reactions to Alleged Indian Air Strikes in Pakistan

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Iran Deal

Bina Shah

Writer

@BinaShah

Never thought I would see a US-Iran nuclear deal in my lifetime. Repercussions for entire region huge. Fascinating times ahead.

Hasan Zaidi

Filmmaker & Journalist

@hyzaidi

Iran Foreign Minister says a breakthrough has been made in international nuclear talks. Israel in deep mourning.

Farrukh Pitafi

TV Anchor

@FarrukhKPitafi

Should we still not call @JohnKerry a miracle worker? Let’s see how he handles the Saudis & Israel after this development.

Wajahat Ali

Journalist

@WajahatAli

.@BarackObama quoting JFK: “let us never negotiate out of fear but never fear to negotiate” #IranTalks #IranDeal

Nuzhat S. Siddiqi

Writer

@guldaar

Great. Even the #US is talking somewhat pleasantly to #Iran. Will #India and #Pakistan grow up to be like that? (Minus the bombing threats).

Moeed Pirzada

TV Anchor

@MoeedNj

Earthquake in Middle East for Israel & Saudi Arabia: Iran & the US finally struck a deal! Region is turned upside down, Watch my words!!

Raza Rumi

Analyst

@Razarumi

Wow. #history MT @WhiteHouse: “In return for Iran’s actions, international community has agreed to provide Iran w/ relief from certain sanctions”- Obama

Mosharraf Zaidi

Columnist

@mosharrafzaidi

Riyadh is going to need a long shower to wash off the glitter from the Iran/P5+1 party over in Tehran right now.

Talat Aslam

Senior Editor, The News

@titojourno

Is Iran finally coming in from the cold after decades of being a pariah? As a neighbour, Pakistan needs to have a long, hard policy rethink.

Abbas Nasir

Journalist

@abbasnasir59

Pakistan’s new reality: soon a sanctions-free Iran for a neighbour. Hope we are ready.

Iran, US and EU reach historic agreement on key parameters for a nuclear deal

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Journalists Under Fire

Ejaz Haider

Anchor, Capital TV

@ejazhaider

The attack on @HamidMirGEO is cowardly & condemnable but equally condemnable is the small-minded pathology of media houses & owners.

Nasim Zehra

Anchor, Capital TV

@NasimZehra

Immediate & credible investigation of the deadly attack on Hamid Mir is a must to address all fears/suspicions.

Mosharraf Zaidi

Columnist

@mosharrafzaidi

These attacks are meant to shut down dissent. Long may you live & speak @razarumi @HamidMirGEO and all journos putting it all on the line.

Saima Mohsin

Correspondent, CNN

@SaimaMohsin

“The further a society drifts from truth the more it hates those who speak it” GeorgeOrwell #PressFreedom #Pakistan #JournalismUnderAttack

Babar Sattar

Lawyer

@Babar_Sattar

Had @Razarumi been anything but a journalist-politician/lawyer/doctor/maulvi-the attack would be breaking/front page news across channels/papers.

Adil Najam

Professor, International Relations

@AdilNajam

Saddened by attack on @HamidMirGEO following one on @Razarumi. Stay strong, friends. Your voice being attacked because your voice matters.

Huma Yusuf

Columnist, Dawn

@humayusuf

Media vs. military — this is not what a democratic transition looks like. @HamidMirGEO #JournoSafety

Wasay Jalil

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)

@WasayJalil

Its shocking news about an attack on @HamidMir Geo & on behalf of QT AltafHussain MQM condemn & demand for an inquiry & praying for his recovery.

Afrasiab Khattak

Awami National Party (ANP)

@a_siab

Murder attack on prominent journalist Hamid Mir is an attempt to silence independent voices. Sophisticated planning raises questions. Condemn.

Maulana Fazal Rahman

Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F)

@Moulanasahib

Shocked of attack on @HamidMirGEO. It is an attack on free speech. I demand protection for media men. @geonews_urdu

Reaction to the targeting of mediapersons by terrorists