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Khalifa bin Mubarak Al Thani: The Qatari Regime Worked on Shattering the Family

Khalifa bin Mubarak Al Thani: The Qatari Regime Worked on Shattering the Family

Wednesday, 27 February, 2019 - 10:00
Khalifa bin Mubarak bin Khalifa Al Thani (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh - Asharq Al-Awsat
The ruling Al Thani family in Qatar suffers from the risk of fragmentation and division, as many of its members are subjected to harsh practices because of their opposition to the regime’s policies. Many members have decided to emigrate or were forced to leave the country.

Khalifa bin Mubarak bin Khalifa Al Thani is among the family members, who left Qatar for rejecting the regime’s policies.

He told Asharq Al-Awsat that the Qatari ruling authorities were monitoring Al Thani’s young generation, fearing their union against the regime.

He also stressed that the Qatari regime’s hostility towards the “Gulf House” has negatively affected members of the ruling family. The emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, took a number of measures in an attempt to contain the opposition from within the family.

“They ordered the shooting of Nasser bin Hamad, broke his leg, and poisoned Suhaim bin Hamad. Today, the situation is different, and I hope the young people of Al Thani family make the decision and seek to save Qatar,” Khalifa bin Mubarak said.

He explained that their opposition to the policies of the Qatari regime was not something new, but a reaction to its continued interference in some countries’ internal affairs, its enmity towards Gulf countries and its incessant attempt to distinguish between the Qatari citizens and the peoples of the Gulf.

“How can we support the Qatari regime, which calls for divisions within the Gulf and supports terrorism?” He asked, noting that the ruling authority has welcomed Turkish army on the Qatari territory
to protect the soil of our homeland.”

“We now feel that our territory has become a Turkish colony, and we are carrying out what foreigners dictate to us in order to protect the regime,” he affirmed.

Khalifa bin Mubarak also revealed that the Qatari state budget and its expenses “go to the West in exchange for protecting the regime”, while ignoring the people and the country’s development and stability.

He said that the “heavily armed” Turkish troops were stationed at around 500 meters from the residence of the ruling power. “On the other hand, the Qatari army, which is supposed to protect the state, the regime and the people no longer has any role within the territory,” he noted.

“The Qatari regime does not seek to establish an army of its own people, because it does not trust them… When it felt weak, it sought the help of the West and asked for the assistance of Turks and Iranians,” according to Khalifa bin Mubarak.

Underlining “the Qatari youth’s anger at the regime’s practices at home and abroad,” he stressed the need for a change that would bring about unity and solidarity among the people.

“What is happening in Qatar today is horrifying and threatens the future of the country at all levels, in terms of embracing all terrorist symbols from different places, supporting the subversive groups, in addition to the full submission to Turkey, which is increasing day by day in a humiliating and unacceptable manner,” he warned.

“The cleansing of Qatar, and the end of the boycott will only happen when the structure of the regime is changed,” Khalifa bin Mubarak affirmed.

“It is likely to hear of a coup within the Qatari regime. This was previously done by the former Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa, when he turned on his father and became the ruler,” he explained.

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