Former Chief of Dubai’s General Security Dhahi Khalfan (Courtesy: Twitter)
CAIRO – 8 July 2017: Lieutenant General Dhahi Khalfan, the former chief of police of U.A.E.’s emirate of Dubai, said in a series of tweets Friday that he was informed that the Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has been placed under house arrest.
Khalfan added in a tweet that the move was ordered by Tamim’s father and that a car including radio jammer was placed near his palace.
In another, Khalfan wrote that Tamim is facing pressure from his father, former Emir of Qatar Hamad bin Khalifa and his mother Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, demanding him to “either announce Qatar’s withdrawal from the GCC or be deposed from power.”
Khalfan called on Qatari nationals to go out on the streets protesting against Hamad and his son.
Khalfan’s tweets come amid an escalation in the rift between four Arab states–Egypt, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E. and Bahrain–and the tiny emirate of Qatar after the latter refused to meet the demands made by the four nations.
The four Arab states issued a joint statement on Friday that said:
“The ultimatum that had been given to Qatar is now void, leading to further legal, political and economic measures against the government of Qatar by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.”
The Qatari government has purposely thwarted all diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis and has rejected any settlements, reflecting its intention to continue with its destabilizing policies against the interests of the Qatari people.
We also condemn Qatar’s “lack of tact and respect” towards the Kuwaiti mediation, as it leaked the list of demands in an attempt to foil the initiative.
Qatar has violated international conventions and norms; namely the charter of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the United Nations, and the outcome of the Arab-Islamic-American summit of Riyadh in which 55 Islamic countries and U.S. President Donald Trump participated.
The Qatari regime interferes in the internal affairs of the countries in the region and seeks to destabilize them by spreading chaos and devastation and funding internationally-designated terror groups.