The History of Earth­quakes In New York Before the Sixth Seal (Revelation 6:12)

The History of Earth­quakes In New YorkBy Meteorologist Michael Gouldrick New York State PUBLISHED 6:30 AM ET Sep. 09, 2020 PUBLISHED 6:30 AM EDT Sep. 09, 2020New York State has a long history of earthquakes. Since the early to mid 1700s there have been over 550 recorded earthquakes that have been centered within the state’s boundary. New York has also been shaken by strong earthquakes that occurred in southeast Canada and the Mid-Atlantic states.

Courtesy of Northeast States Emergency ConsortiumThe largest earthquake that occurred within New York’s borders happened on September 5th, 1944. It was a magnitude 5.9 and did major damage in the town of Massena.A school gymnasium suffered major damage, some 90% of chimneys toppled over and house foundations were cracked. Windows broke and plumbing was damaged. This earthquake was felt from Maine to Michigan to Maryland.Another strong quake occurred near Attica on August 12th, 1929. Chimneys took the biggest hit, foundations were also cracked and store shelves toppled their goods.In more recent memory some of the strongest quakes occurred On April 20th, 2002 when a 5.0 rattled the state and was centered on Au Sable Forks area near Plattsburg, NY.Strong earthquakes outside of New York’s boundary have also shaken the state. On February 5th, 1663 near Charlevoix, Quebec, an estimated magnitude of 7.5 occurred. A 6.2 tremor was reported in Western Quebec on November 1st in 1935. A 6.2 earthquake occurred in the same area on March 1st 1925. Many in the state also reported shaking on August 23rd, 2011 from a 5.9 earthquake near Mineral, Virginia.

Earthquakes in the northeast U.S. and southeast Canada are not as intense as those found in other parts of the world but can be felt over a much larger area. The reason for this is the makeup of the ground. In our part of the world, the ground is like a jigsaw puzzle that has been put together. If one piece shakes, the whole puzzle shakes.In the Western U.S., the ground is more like a puzzle that hasn’t been fully put together yet. One piece can shake violently, but only the the pieces next to it are affected while the rest of the puzzle doesn’t move.In Rochester, New York, the most recent earthquake was reported on March 29th, 2020. It was a 2.6 magnitude shake centered under Lake Ontario. While most did not feel it, there were 54 reports of the ground shaking.So next time you are wondering why the dishes rattled, or you thought you felt the ground move, it certainly could have been an earthquake in New York.Here is a website from the USGS (United Sates Geologic Society) of current earthquakes greater than 2.5 during the past day around the world. As you can see, the Earth is a geologically active planet!Another great website of earthquakes that have occurred locally can be found here.To learn more about the science behind earthquakes, check out this website from the USGS.

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Antichrist condemns militia violence: Revelation 13

Iraqi Shia leader condemns militia violence | Joe Oliver | AW

BAGHDAD – Powerful Shia cleric and leader of the Sadrist movement Muqtada al-Sadr said Wednesday that factions of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF) are implicated in rocket attacks and assassinations in the country.

In a tweet late on Wednesday, Sadr said, “What some armed groups affiliated with the Hashd al-Shaabi [PMF] are doing is weakening Iraq, its people and country, and weakening these three aspects means strengthening the external forces, on top of the list is the great evil America.”

He added, “It is necessary to seek wisely and deliberately to end making Iraq an arena for the struggle of others and to strive together for the independence, sovereignty, peace, security of Iraq, or Iraq will be shifted away from our hands.”

The PMF are mostly composed of armed Shia factions that were trained to fight ISIS in 2014 and formally affiliated with the Iraqi armed forces. Some PMF factions, however, respond only to the orders of leaders close to Iran.

Sadr supports the Sairoon coalition, which is the largest coalition in parliament (54 out of 329 seats).

The Shia cleric’s message is the most prominent statement from a political leader on who is behind repeated rocket attacks since last year against the US embassy in Baghdad and military bases that host US diplomats and troops.

Sadr’s statements also implicitly accuse some PMF factions of being behind the assassination of activists who participated in protests against political elite that are accused of corruption and collaboration with foreign countries, particularly Iran.

“We, in turn, renew the demand for non-interference in Iraq’s internal affairs from all parties. We also emphasise peace in all dealings, as Iraq can no longer endure more violence, wars, clashes, political conflicts and riots,” Sadr said.

The Shia cleric expressed on September 18 his rejection of the operations targeting foreign missions in the country, following their escalation during the past weeks.

He said in a tweet at the time, “It’s not for Iraq’s interest to drag the country into a dark tunnel and into the furnace of violence.”

“It’s not for Iraq’s interest to target cultural and diplomatic headquarters, “he said, adding that “political and parliamentary means can be followed to end the occupation and prevent their interference, and those who attack the headquarters are exposing Iraq and its people to the imminent danger.”

Over the past few weeks, attacks targeting US and foreign forces of the international coalition against ISIS have escalated.

Washington accuses armed Iraqi factions linked to Iran, including Kata’ib Hezbollah, of being behind the attacks targeting its embassy and military bases, from which American soldiers are sometimes deployed in the country.

Kata’ib Hezbollah, whose leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was assassinated in January by the US military while he was with Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani near Baghdad airport, is considered one of the factions with the closest relationship with Tehran.

Iraqi political forces and activists from the protest movement accuse militias loyal to Iran of kidnapping and torturing protesters, placing them in secret prisons and shooting demonstrators.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi promised to hold the killers of demonstrators accountable and made surprise visits to numerous prisons to find out whether they included detainees from the protest movement.

On July 7, the Iraqi judiciary announced the formation of an investigative body to look into assassination crimes, hours after an expert on armed groups, Hisham Hashemi, was assassinated.

Sadr is one of the fiercest opponents of the US’s military presence in Iraq, but has refused to resort to violence to drive American forces out of the country.

The Saudi horn assails the Iranian horn

Saudi King Salman assails Iran in United Nations debut

(Adds Iran reaction, Iraq president’s speech)

By Michelle Nichols and Ghaida Ghantous

NEW YORK/DUBAI, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz took aim at Iran during his debut on Wednesday at the annual United Nations meeting of world leaders, calling for a united front to contain Riyadh’s rival and stop it from getting weapons of mass destruction.

He said Iran exploited a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers “to intensify its expansionist activities, create its terrorist networks, and use terrorism,” adding that this had produced nothing but “chaos, extremism, and sectarianism.”

“A comprehensive solution and a firm international position are required,” the Saudi king, 84, told the 193-member General Assembly in a video statement that was pre-recorded due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The United States, a strong ally of Saudi Arabia, quit the Iran nuclear pact in 2018, with President Donald Trump calling it the “worst deal ever.” Washington has since imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran and asserts that all countries also should reinstate U.N. sanctions to try to push the Islamic Republic to negotiate a new deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron told the world body on Tuesday that Washington’s sanctions campaign against Iran had failed.

All the remaining parties to the nuclear deal, including longtime U.S. allies, and 13 of the 15 U.N. Security Council members say the U.S. claim on U.N. sanctions is void. Diplomats say few countries are likely to reimpose the measures.

“Our experience with the Iranian regime has taught us that partial solutions and appeasement did not stop its threats to international peace and security,” King Salman said.

‘DISARM HEZBOLLAH’

Iran’s U.N. mission spokesman Alireza Miryousefi rejected what he called “the baseless allegations.”

“The unconstructive and unwarranted statement by the Saudi leader only emboldens certain powers who are intent in sowing discord among regional countries with the aim of creating permanent division and selling more deadly weapons to the region,” he said in an apparent swipe at the United States.

Sunni Muslim-majority Saudi Arabia and Shi’ite-dominated Iran are locked in several proxy wars in the region, including in Yemen where a Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Tehran-aligned Houthi movement over five years.

Riyadh has blamed Iran for attacks on the kingdom’s oil facilities last year, a charge Tehran denies. Iran denies arming groups in the Middle East, including the Houthis, and blames regional tensions on the United States and its Gulf allies.

Trump made only a passing reference to Iran during his U.N. address on Tuesday, focusing instead on attacking China. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told the General Assembly on Tuesday Washington could impose “neither negotiations nor war” on his country. All U.N. statements are pre-recorded videos.

Gulf Arab states have also been alarmed by the rising influence of Iran’s ally Hezbollah in Lebanon, withholding financial support to the government needed to tackle Lebanon’s worst financial crisis in decades.

King Salman said a deadly blast in Beirut’s port last month “occurred as a result of the hegemony of Hezbollah … over the decision-making process in Lebanon by force of arms.” Authorities have blamed the blast on a stockpile of ammonium nitrate unsafely stored at the port.

“This terrorist organization must be disarmed,” the king said.

NO IRAQ ‘PLAYGROUND’

Iraq has often been the scene of spillover violence from U.S.-Iran tensions, but seeks to avoid being drawn into any regional conflagration. A U.S. drone strike killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at the Baghdad airport in January.

“We do not want Iraq to become a sort of playground for other forces which will kill themselves on our territory. We have witnessed enough wars and enough attacks on our sovereignty,” Iraqi President Barham Salih told the General Assembly on Wednesday.

On attempts to mediate peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the Saudi monarch said a 2002 Arab Peace Initiative is the basis for a “comprehensive and just solution” ensuring the Palestinians obtain an independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

“We support the efforts of the current U.S. administration to achieve peace in the Middle East by bringing the Palestinians and the Israelis to the negotiation table to reach a fair and comprehensive agreement,” he said.

Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam and site of its holiest shrines, drew up the 2002 initiative by which Arab nations offered to normalize ties with Israel in return for a statehood deal with the Palestinians and full Israeli withdrawal from territory captured in 1967.

The king stopped short of endorsing recent U.S.-brokered agreements by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to establish ties with Israel, a strategic realignment of Middle East countries against Iran. Saudi Arabia has quietly acquiesced to the deals but has signaled it is not ready to take action itself.

Palestinian leaders have condemned the UAE and Bahrain’s warming of relations with Israel, describing it as a betrayal of their efforts to win statehood in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. (Additional reporting by Marwa Rashad, David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick; Editing by Mary Milliken, Paul Simao and Howard Goller)

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The winds of God’s wrath floods the East Coast: Jeremiah 23

Raging Hurricane Teddy’s reach is far, flooding South Florida roads and stealing beaches

KIMBERLY MILLER | PALM BEACH POST | 4:53 pm EDT September 22, 2020

Teddy earned back a Category 2 title early Tuesday with 105-mph winds south of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and was aided in its abrading of Palm Beach County’s coastline by lingering higher-than-normal tides from last week’s new moon.

National Hurricane Center forecasters noted that Teddy’s reach of destructive winds had nearly doubled overnight Monday with hurricane-force winds extending 140 miles from its center and tropical storm force winds reaching outward up to 415 miles.

A Canadian buoy reported a significant wave height of 34-feet about 207 miles from the storm’s center. Significant wave heights are the average of the highest 33 percent of waves.

Tropical Depression Beta (left) and Hurricane Teddy on Sept. 22, 2020 as seen by the GOES East satellite.

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That power manifested itself near downtown West Palm Beach around midday Tuesday as stains of brackish Intracoastal water flowed backwards up street drains until roads were under at least a foot of water in several areas along Flagler Drive.

“God knows what’s in there,” said West Palm Beach resident Sumner Kaye, about the slurry inching toward his house near 34th Street and Flagler. “If we get a hard rain and a king tide, it’s like a tsunami.”

Strong easterly winds off the coast of Juno Beach caused some section of the beach to erode near Beach Access 31, Tuesday, September 22, 2020.

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September is typically the month when South Florida begins to experience its deepest high tides, also called king tides – a combination of multiple factors including a slower Gulf Stream current, warmer waters, lunar alignment and sea level rise. The king tides usually last at least through November.

With the new moon – a trigger for higher tides – occurring nearly a week prior, it’s likely much of Tuesday’s flooding was because of Teddy, said Brian McNoldy, a senior researcher at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science.

High tide caused flooding along Flagler Drive near the El Cid neighborhood Tuesday afternoon in West Palm Beach, September 22, 2020. [ALLEN EYESTONE/palmbeachpost.com]

Allen Eyestone, The Palm Beach Post

“We have about a 7- to 8-foot northeasterly swell pushing directly into the shore and that’s Teddy, but we also have some high surf with that, and that’s a combination of wind waves following the front,” said Paxton Fell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “There’s a lot going on and a bunch of hazards too.”

A coastal flood advisory and high surf advisory are in effect through 8 p.m. Wednesday, but may be extended. A high risk of rip currents is in effect through Friday evening.

At Palm Beach’s Midtown Beach, a single-red flag waved Tuesday indicating a high hazard as a relentless roll of whitewater crashed ashore. A single red flag means people can swim, but there were few takers, said Craig Pollock, Palm Beach’s chief lifeguard.

The only heads bobbing in the froth around 1 p.m. were lifeguards using the tumultuous waters for training.

 “Yesterday, the whole beach was a tidal bowl,” said Pollock, who recruited a town firetruck to help pull one of the lifeguard towers out of the reach of Monday’s high tide.

Louis Espinosa takes photos of the waves splashing against the pump house on Singer Island in Palm Beach Shores, Florida on September 21, 2020. (Greg Lovett / The Palm Beach Post)

Greg Lovett, The Palm Beach Post

Fell said the winds and swell should begin to relax Wednesday with drier air lingering through Thursday night when the front that went through Monday is wrenched back north by the tail of Tropical Depression Beta. Beta made landfall in Port O’Connor, Texas Monday night as a tropical storm.

Beta is the season’s ninth named storm to make landfall in the continental U.S. That ties 1916 for the most landfalls in a season.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane center was giving an area associated with the front south of Florida a 10 percent chance of developing into something tropical over five days.

The next name on the 2020 hurricane list is Gamma, from the Greek alphabet. The Greek alphabet is used when the traditional 21-name list is exhausted.

Greek alphabet cyclone names

NOAA

“While we expected the Greek alphabet with our August forecast, I’m certainly surprised to see it this early,” said Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach on Friday just before Beta formed. “I think 30 named storms for the season is a reasonable number.”

An average hurricane season has 12 named storms and six hurricanes, including three major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher.

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The threat of the Pakistani nuclear horn: Revelation 8

Why Pakistan’s Nuclear Weapons Are A Bigger Threat To India Than Enormous Chinese Nuclear Stockpile?

By EurAsian Times Desk

September 24, 2020

At a time when Pakistan’s arch-rival – India is deeply engaged with China in the eastern Ladakh region, Islamabad knows it has got a clear window of opportunity to edge ahead of India, with the help of its nuclear program.

Pakistan is one of the nine countries to have developed nuclear weapons and in doing so, the country holds a unique strategic advantage over India as it is able to hold off any possible Indian aggression with the threat of using nuclear weapons. As it is, Islamabad does not have a any first use nuclear policy, which further raises doubts in New Delhi.

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While Pakistan’s nuclear capacity may still be inferior to “Iron Brother” China, it has a nuclear arsenal that perfectly suits its requirements with an array of tactical nuclear weapons. Unlike significantly larger strategic nuclear weapons, Islamabad’s tactical nuclear weapons, also known as non-strategic nuclear weapons are low-yield weapons, weighing not more than 10 kilotons.

Utilized to eliminate military targets on the battlefield, the weapons are mainly used against troop formations, supply dumps, headquarters units and other high-value targets.

According to Hans M. Kristensen, Director of Nuclear Information Project at the Federation of American Scientists and his affiliate Robert Norris, Pakistan has “the world’s fastest-growing nuclear stockpile”.

Pakistan possesses between 150 and 160 nuclear weapons. It has stockpiled approximately 3.4 ± 0.4 metric tons of highly enriched uranium (HEU) and produces enough HEU for perhaps 10 to 15 warheads per year. Pakistan also has a stockpile of about 280 kg of weapons-grade plutonium.” According to a report published in the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) Security Index.

Currently, Pakistan’s Strategic Plans Division Force or (SPD Force) is the agency responsible for the protection of the nation’s tactical and strategic nuclear weapons stockpile.

SPD Force Pioneer Director Lieutenant General (retired) Khalid Kidwai, who founded the special division, had earlier put light on Pakistan’s ‘Full Spectrum Deterrence’ policy which is aimed at guiding the development of the nation’s nuclear capability to bring “every Indian target into Pakistan’s striking range”.

“(Pakistan has) the full spectrum of nuclear weapons in all three categories — strategic, operational and tactical, with full range coverage of the large Indian landmass and its outlying territories.” “India would have no place to hide,” said Kidwai.

In comparison to Pakistan, the Indian army is much larger and fields huge numbers of qualitatively superior equipment–particularly the tanks. However, Islamabad’s nuclear weapons, especially their tactical nuclear weapons hold the key to offsetting that advantage from India.

Another added advantage that Pakistan might have over other countries is that, unlike India and China, Islamabad does not have a “no first use” policy, and reserves the right to use nuclear weapons, particularly low-yield tactical nuclear weapons, in a bid to offset India’s advantage in a conventional war.

Thereby, if pressured into resorting to nuclear weapons, Pakistan’s response would be far swifter than its neighbours. Meanwhile, both India and China have a well-defined policy of ‘No First Use’ of nuclear wepaons.

“India’s quest for deterrence stability with China — the ability to have a secure second-strike option against that country — has created crisis instability with Pakistan, where Islamabad/Rawalpindi worries that the INS Arihant, India’s sole nuclear ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), will be used for a first strike against Pakistan’s nuclear weapons in a crisis.

Such a belief is likely to generate a “use it or lose it” pressure for Pakistan in a contingency involving India.” says Yogesh Joshi, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University.

Babylon the Great taunts the Russian nuclear horn

U.S. Air Force teased Russia with B-52H bombers

On Wednesday, several U.S. Air Force nuclear-capable bombers teased again Russian troops over the Black Sea.

Ukraine’s Air Force reported that U.S. B-52H strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, entered Ukrainian airspace within the framework of security cooperation.

U.S. B-52H Stratofortress bombers assigned to the 5th Bomb Wing at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, have integrated with Ukrainian fighter jets during a Bomber Task Force Europe mission and flying along the Black Sea coast Sept. 23, 2020.

The U.S. remains committed to all missions in all domains with our allies and partners and will decisively respond to threats in spite of the current COVID-19 crisis, according to a recent service news release.

In turn, the Russian military reported that two Su-27 fighter jets scrambled to intercept two B-52H strategic bombers of the US Air Force over the Black Sea.

According to the center, on Wednesday Russian radars detected two air targets over the neutral waters of the Black Sea. The aircraft were approaching Russia’s sovereign airspace.

Two Su-27 fighter jets of the Southern Military District’s air defense units on duty were scrambled to identify the air targets and to prevent their unauthorized incursion into the Russian airspace. The crews of the Russian fighter aircraft identified the air targets as B-52N strategic bombers of the US Air Force and escorted them over the Black Sea,” the center said. -0—mil/

The National Defense Control Center pointed out that after the US aircraft had turned away from the Russian border, the Su-27 fighter jets returned to their home airbases.

My Neighbour, My Enemy and the First Nuclear War: Revelation 8

My Neighbour, My Enemy: Estranging Ties of India & Pakistan

Pakistan is garnering support from other Muslim countries to politicise the issue of Kashmir, which is predominantly a Muslim state.

Seema Guha

Pakistan’s rejection of Jayant Khobragade as India’s new chargé d’affaires in Islamabad citing his seniority for the post as a reason for rejection is in keeping with the bitter antagonism between India and Pakistan that has intensified in the last few years. It has reached almost a dead-end since the scrapping of Kashmir’s special status last August.

Islamabad’s official explanation is that Khobragade having already served as ambassador earlier was not eligible for the post which is normally slated for diplomats at a lower rung. The Foreign office spokesman said it was India’s way of subverting the downgrading of diplomatic ties announced by Pakistan after article 370 was abolished by New Delhi. The spokesman said it must be made clear that ties between the two nuclear-armed neighbours were linked to the resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

It is part of the diplomatic norm to send the name of senior diplomats for the host country’s approval. In normal times not much fuss is made over this. But when India-Pakistan ties are strained diplomats become easy targets. Khobragade rejection is mainly to needle India and convey to ordinary Pakistani citizens that Prime Minister Imran Khan is not lowering his guard against India at every little turn.

In 2003, when India-Pakistan was going through another bad patch, Pakistan’s acting high commissioner in Delhi, Jalil Abbas Jilani was forced to leave the country over allegations of funding Kashmiri separatists. Jilani said then that the charge was a crude attempt at harassing Pakistan, high commission officials. He was declared “persona non grata” but when relations improved he returned to India at the head of a Pakistan delegation for talks, as the Vajpayee government began re-engaging with Islamabad.

But unlike in the past, chances of an India-Pakistan rapprochement soon appear dim. Kashmir has always been a major stumbling block and now after India’s latest move on August 5, 2019, it has become a Gordian knot.

And Pakistan does not let an opportunity go by without dragging in Kashmir. Even in the case of rejecting Khobragade the foreign office spokesman statement contained these lines on Kashmir. “A just and lasting solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is critical for durable peace and stability in South Asia. Accordingly, India is once again reminded of its international obligations with regard to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. India must listen to the voices of the Kashmiri people and the world community.”

In a way, Kashmir has helped Prime Minister Imran Khan to galvanise the public behind him. At a time when his government was fumbling with little to show as achievement, New Delhi’s decision on Kashmir helped to bolster his image as a crusader for the rights of Kashmiris. He did not leave a stone unturned in projecting Indian atrocities in the valley. Unfortunately, Khan got little traction from the international community. A few countries supported him on the abolition of special status for Kashmir, which Delhi said was its internal issue. But there was criticism from several international quarters on the lockdown and the communication embargo imposed on Kashmiris.

Thanks to the internal jockeying for power within the Islamic world, Pakistan failed to get the backing of the powerful Sunni powers: Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. That was not just since both leading Gulf kingdoms had vastly improved ties with India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but because of the jostling among Sunni leaders for the leadership of the Muslim world. Turkey’s Recep Erdogan and Malaysia’s former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad were solidly behind Pakistan. Soon afterward India the largest buyer of palm oil from Malaysia stopped importing, to drive home the point that there is a price to pay for criticising Delhi’s Kashmir policy. That was last year. But now it has gradually begun to lift palm oil again from Malaysia. Mahathir is no longer prime minister.

China Pakistan’s all-weather friend has been batting for Imran Khan all the way, getting the UNSC to hold a closed-door meeting on Kashmir. China had its own problems with India over making Ladakh a union territory. No one knows if the current military stand-off between China and India is related to the political moves on Ladakh. But one thing is clear, Pakistan’s military and political leadership is delighted at the confrontation in the Himalayas. There is talk in sections of the Pakistan establishment that a two-pronged war, could finally lead to the liberation of the Kashmir valley.

All this is happening at a time when opposition parties under the Pakistan Democratic Movement is coming together to challenge the Imran Khan governments. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League, in London for health reasons, took the opportunity to hit out at both Khan and the military establishment. Though Sharif began his political career with the backing of former military dictator Zia-Ul Haq, he soon got a taste of the army’s control of civilian governments. The army ensured that he was ousted, not once but twice. On Sunday, Nawaz pointedly called for a stop to army interference on domestic issues and took on the military by saying that it operated as a “state above the state in the country.’’

Despite the opposition’s intentions, dislodging Imran Khan who has the backing of the powerful military would be difficult. In the meantime, India and Pakistan will continue attacking each other at every international forum over terrorism and Kashmir respectively. To be fair to Narendra Modi he did attempt to make peace with Pakistan at the beginning of his first term in power. But the attack on the Pathankot air force base followed by the Uri terror strike put a stop to any new peace initiative. The view in the establishment is that the Pakistan army is in no mood to lose its relevance by encouraging a breakthrough in India-Pakistan ties. So, it is pointless to spend time and energy on a futile exercise.