WASHINGTON: Donald Trump took to the Tweeter to announce sacking of (former ExxonMobil chief) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson: “Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!”
It is pertinent to mention here that many believe Trump took this shocking action because he was angry that Tillerson didn’t fully deny calling him a f… Moron recently. Trump was also not happy the way Rex Tillerson had handled the North Korean case.
Newspakistan.tv has been told by sources that since Pompeo is not keen to become Secretary of State (leaving his present post) UN Envoy Nikki Haley might be the second option for Trump.
PRESIDENT TRUMP STATED:
In a statement Trump held: “I am proud to nominate the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, to be our new Secretary of State. Mike graduated first in his class at West Point, served with distinction in the U.S. army, and graduated with Honors from Harvard Law School. He went on to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives with a proven record of working across the aisle.
“As Director of the CIA, Mike has earned the praise of members in both parties by strengthening our intelligence gathering, modernizing our defensive and offensive capabilities, and building close ties with our friends and allies in the international intelligence community.
“I have gotten to know Mike very well over the past 14 months, and I am confident he is the right person for the job at this critical juncture. He will continue our program of restoring America’s standing in the world, strengthening our alliances, confronting our adversaries, and seeking the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
“His experience in the military, Congress, and as leader of the CIA have prepared him well for his new role and I urge his swift confirmation.
“Gina Haspel, the Deputy Director of the CIA, will be nominated to replace Director Pompeo and she will be the CIA’s first-ever female director, a historic milestone. Mike and Gina have worked together for more than a year, and have developed a great mutual respect.
Finally, I want to thank Rex Tillerson for his service. A great deal has been accomplished over the last fourteen months, and I wish him and his family well.”
DIRECTOR CIA POMPEO’s STATED:
Mike Pompeo, the man who will become the Foreign Secretary replacing Tillerson held: “I am deeply grateful to President Trump for permitting me to serve as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and for this opportunity to serve as Secretary of State. His leadership has made America safer and I look forward to representing him and the American people to the rest of the world to further America’s prosperity.
“Serving alongside the great men and women of the CIA, the most dedicated and talented public servants I have encountered, has been one of the great honors of my life. I am proud of the work we have done on behalf of America and know that the Agency will continue to thrive under the leadership of Gina Haspel.
“If confirmed, I look forward to guiding the world’s finest diplomatic corps in formulating and executing the President’s foreign policy. In my time as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, I have worked alongside many remarkable Foreign Service officers and Department of State leaders serving here in the United States and on the very edge of freedom.
“I know I will learn from them and, as President Trump set out in his State of the Union Address, work hard to ensure that “our nation will forever be safe and strong and proud and mighty and free.”
DEPUTY DIRECTOR CIA GINA HASPEL STATED:
“After thirty years as an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency, it has been my honor to serve as its Deputy Director alongside Mike Pompeo for the past year. I am grateful to President Trump for the opportunity, and humbled by his confidence in me, to be nominated to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. If confirmed, I look forward to providing President Trump the outstanding intelligence support he has grown to expect during his first year in office.”
WHO IS GINA HASPEL:
She commenced working for CIA in 1985 and reportedly took part in CIA torture program in 2002. Trump selected her DD of CIA in 2017. Today Trump, while showing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson the door, proclaimed that she will be the next CIA Chief.
US pronouncement about religious freedom in Pk rejected
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office has totally rejected the United States’ pronouncement about religious freedom in Pakistan as politically motivated.
In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal categorically stated Pakistan does not need counsel by any individual country how to protect the rights of its minorities. He said besides the clear biases reflected from these designations, there are serious questions on the credentials and impartiality of the self-proclaimed jury involved in this unwarranted exercise. The spokesperson said Pakistan is a multi-religious and pluralistic society where people of diverse faiths and denominations live together. Around 4 percent of our total population comprises citizens belonging to Christian, Hindu, Buddhists and Sikh faiths. He said ensuring equal treatment of minorities and their enjoyment of human rights without any discrimination is the cardinal principle of the Constitution of Pakistan. Special seats have been reserved for minorities in the Parliament to ensure their adequate representation and voice in the legislation process.
A vibrant and independent National Commission on Human Rights is functioning to address concerns on violation of the rights of minorities. Foreign Office spokesperson pointed out that successive Governments have made it a priority that the rights of citizens belonging to minority faiths are protected as guaranteed by the law and the Constitution. The higher judiciary of the country has made several landmark decisions to protect the properties and places of worships of minorities. He said Pakistan has devised legal and administrative mechanisms to safeguard the rights of its citizens. The spokesperson regretted the proponents of human rights worldwide close their eyes on a systematic persecution of minorities subjected to alien domination and foreign occupation such as in the Indian occupied Kashmir. He said an honest self-introspection would also have been timely to know the causes of the exponential rise in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism in the US.
US CG J. Wagner: Sindh Police serves on the front lines!
KARACHI: US Consul General JoAnne Wagner has stated that Sindh Police served on the front lines of Pakistan’s efforts to combat violent extremism.
She was speaking on the occasion of Rs. 377 million worth of firearms simulators presentation to Saeedabad Police Training College here today. It is pertinent to mention here that the US Government had collaborated with the Sindh Police since 2012, providing more than US$ 25 million worth of equipment and helping train over 50,000 Sindh Police officers.
Commenting on this continuous support JoAnne Wagner held that the US provided assistance to Sindh Police as it was busy building a more secure, stable, and democratic society.” The donation coming from US Mission in Pakistan is expected to improve the capacity of the institution and increase its ability to deliver safe and proper firearms training for police personnel.
PS: The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics & Law Enforcement Affairs works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related offenses, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.
Pak. Students Prepare for Semester Exchange in US
ISLAMABAD: United States Chargé d’Affaires Paul Jones today congratulated more than 135 Pakistani undergraduate students who were selected to participate in U.S. Govt.-funded Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGRAD).
Since 2010, approximately 1,700 Pakistani students have participated in the Global UGRAD program, where they spend a semester studying at U.S. colleges and universities. “America has a long tradition of embracing international students on its university and college campuses,” Ambassador Jones noted. “In the United States, you will become great cultural ambassadors and representatives of Pakistan. I am proud we can support your educational pursuits through the Global UGRAD program.”
Global UGRAD participants from Pakistan are selected from across the country and will study a variety of academic fields, which include: engineering, business administration, and the sciences. U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) Executive Director Rita Akhtar encouraged students to take full advantage of the academic and extracurricular activities available in the United Stas.
“The Global UGRAD program gives talented students who are committed to helping their communities and country an opportunity to study in the United States,” Ms. Akhtar said. “The Program also involves exciting community service and cultural exchange activities. When Global UGRAD participants return to Pakistan, they have opportunities to build on their volunteer experience by availing small grants through the Pakistan – U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN). This is an exceptional group of students who will make a wonderful impression on U.S. students and faculty through this unique exchange opportunity.” USEFP, a bi-national commission established in 1950 by the governments of Pakistan and the United States, administers the Global UGRAD program in partnership with the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.