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LPPAK_220417_052.JPG: Corrupt Bajwa is Pakistan's cancer
Qamar Javed Bajwa
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
General Qamar Javed Bajwa NI(M) HI(M) (born 11 November 1960) is a Pakistani military officer and the 10th and current Chief of the Army Staff of Pakistan Army since 29 November 2016. Bajwa is expected to serve in the position until November 2022.
Originally from Gakhar Mandi, Gen Bajwa was born into a Punjabi Jat family in Karachi Bajwa was educated at the F.G. Sir Syed College and Gordon College in Rawalpindi before joining the Pakistan Military Academy in 1978. Bajwa was commissioned in 1980 in the 16th Battalion of the Baloch Regiment. Prior to his appointment as the Chief of Army Staff, he served at the General Headquarters as the Inspector General of the Training and Evaluation from September 2015 to November 2016 and as field commander of the X Corps from August 2013 to September 2015 which is responsible for the area along the Line of Control in Kashmir. In addition, he served as a Brigadier in the UN mission in Congo and as a brigade commander in 2007.
LPPAK_220417_075.JPG: Note the shoes on the sticks. For some reason, in Pakistan they show disdain via shoes. Remember the protester throwing shoes at Baby Bush during a press conference?
List of shoe-throwing incidents
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Shoe-throwing, or shoeing, showing the sole of one's shoe or using shoes to insult are forms of protest in many parts of the world. Shoe-throwing as an insult dates back to ancient times, being mentioned in verse 8 of Psalm 60 and the similar verse 9 of Psalm 108 in the Old Testament. Modern incidents where shoes were thrown at political figures have taken place in Australia, India, Ireland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Pakistan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and most notably the Arab world.
Posters of George W. Bush's face have long appeared through the Middle East with shoes attached to them, and some people have called former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice kundara, meaning "shoe". Shoeing received attention after Muntadhar al-Zaidi threw his shoes at then U.S. President George W. Bush in a 14 December 2008 press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Since the al-Zaidi incident, copycat incidents in Europe, North America, India, China, Iran, Turkey and Australia have been reported.
Shoes are considered unclean in the Arab World. Matthew Cassel of The Electronic Intifada in the context of the Bush shoeing incident has held the opinion that the Western media overplayed the action's particularly "Arab" character.
LPPAK_220417_097.JPG: Imported government absolutely not
LPPAK_220417_118.JPG: One & only Imran Khan for Pakistan
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi HI(M) PP (born 5 October 1952) is a Pakistani politician and former cricketer who served as the 22nd prime minister of Pakistan from August 2018 until April 2022, when he was ousted through a no-confidence motion. He is the founder and chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), one of the largest political parties in the country. His sympathetic position toward the Pakistani Taliban and Afghan Taliban, as well as his criticism of the US-led war on terror, has earned him the moniker "Taliban Khan" in Pakistani politics. He has been ranked among the world's most influential Muslims.
Born to a Niazi Pashtun family in Lahore, Khan graduated from England's Keble College in 1975. He began his international cricket career at age 18, in a 1971 Test series against England. Khan played until 1992, served as the team's captain intermittently between 1982 and 1992, and won the 1992 Cricket World Cup, in what is Pakistan's first and only victory in the competition. Considered one of cricket's greatest all-rounders, Khan scored 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets in Test cricket and was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Khan founded cancer hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar, and Namal College in Mianwali, prior to his ascent in politics. He founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996, which won a seat in the National Assembly in 2002, and saw Khan serve as an opposition member from Mianwali until 2007. PTI boycotted the 2008 election, but in the subsequent election, became the second-largest party by popular vote. In the 2018 general election, running on a populist platform, PTI emerged as the largest party in the National Assembly, and formed a coalition government with independents with Khan as Prime Minister.
During his government, Khan addressed a balance of payments crisis with a bailout from the International Monetary Fund. He presided over a shrinking current account deficit, and limited defence spending to curtail the fiscal deficit, leading to some general economic growth. He enacted policies which increased tax collection and investment, and reforms were made to the social safety net. His government committed to a renewable energy transition, launched a national reforestation initiative and expanded protected areas, and led the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, his failure to revive the economy and the rising inflation rate caused him political problems. Despite his promised anti-corruption campaign, the perception of corruption in Pakistan worsened during his rule. He was accused of political victimisation of opponents and clamping down on freedom of expression and dissent.
In foreign relations, he dealt with border skirmishes against India and strengthened relations with China and Russia, while relations with the United States cooled. Following the Taliban takeover of Kabul in 2021, Khan congratulated the Taliban for their victory in the 2001–2021 war and urged the international community to support the new Taliban government. He was also sympathetic to the Pakistani Taliban (Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), and stated his government was in talks with TTP groups in order to negotiate a peace deal with the help of the Afghan Taliban. On 10 April 2022, Khan became the country's first prime minister to be deposed through a no-confidence motion in parliament.
LPPAK_220417_123.JPG: Imran Khan for Prime Minister
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2022 photos: Here's hoping we've finally learned something from the Trump and COVID-19 pandemics. I continue to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras for most things (and a Nikon D7000 for receptions and a Nokia 5.3 for variety) but the camera, which came out a decade ago, is no longer repairable so when the last of my four XS-1s break, I'll have to figure out a comparable camera to use instead.
This website had its 20th anniversary in August, 2022.
Trips this year:
(February) a visit to see Dad and Dixie in Asheville, NC with some other members of my family, and
(July) a trip out west for the return of San Diego Comic-Con.
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