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How Pak army uses media to spin narrative

Major Akshat Upadhyay  The most effective instrument used by the Pakistan army in this regard has been its Directorate General of Inter-Services Public Relations (DG-ISPR), which seeks to influence the behaviour of the general population through manipulation of television, print and social media. Posted at: Jun 7, 2019, 6:49 AM Last updated: Jun 7, 2019, 6:49 AM (IST) Audacious: Pakistan army manipulates the media to show itself in a good light. Major Akshat Upadhyay Defence commentator  Asuccessful democracy is an interconnected system of rule of law, accountability, equal political rights and civil liberties. Those systems where these regimes do not function properly are classified as defective democracies. One of the major reasons for this is the existence of a powerful institution (the Pakistan army, in the case of Pakistan) that has a disproportionate influence on decision-making in certain issues, curbing the legitimacy of the democratically elected authorities.   The P

Clingendael Institute: Silk Road Headlines

Some institutions utilize big data to predict trends, e.g. global wealth and power. The Lowy Institute Asia-Power Index provides insight on the influence of 25 countries in Asia. An interesting observation is that China might be less dependent on the international market in the mid-long run, given the fact that its middle-class (read: Gross National Income) will grow until 2030. Yet, its demography might become a challenge, since the workforce might decline with around 158 million. This might be attributed to a growing number of elderly workers (people over 60). Also, the presence of the People's Liberation Army in BRI-countries is not always welcomed with open arms  [Five big takeaways from the 2019 Asia Power Index] . All in all, steps are being taken to transform the Chinese economy from a producing market into a consuming one, similar to that of the United States. Analysts assume that the Sino-US trade war will have a cascading effect on the global arena. The scenarios are st

Iran plays Pakistan, China against India as Modi turns to Trump

Trump Hamed A. Kermani  June 5, 2019 0 ARTICLE SUMMARY India’s apparent decision to go along with the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran could negatively impact its relationship with Tehran, including in regard to the Chabahar port project. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has recently kept busy with diplomatic visits to neighboring countries. On May 23, he arrived in Islamabad, his  third trip to Pakistan  since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office in August 2018, and held talks with Khan, army chief Qamar Bajwa, Speaker Asad Qaisar and his counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Few details of the meetings were shared with the media, except for comments underscoring their focus on reducing tensions in the region and on connecting the Iranian port of Chabahar and the Pakistani port of Gwadar. The fate of Chabahar has important consequences for relations between Iran and India, Pakistan's archrival. The port has been a focal point and p

Why and How Pakistani Christian Girls Are Smuggled to China

Image Credit:  Pixabay The dark side of the two countries’ “iron brotherhood”: human trafficking. By Irfan Yar May 24, 2019               Dreaming of a better life away from hardship, hundreds of Pakistani Christian girls are allegedly being lured by the Chinese under the pretext of phony marriages, and then forced into prostitution in China. The Chinese nationals promise a luxurious life to the prospective brides and economic help to their families, but once the girls are in China, they face a life of forced prostitution and even torture. Pakistan is overwhelmingly a Muslim country with Christians representing about 1.6 percent of the population. The majority of these Christians are descendants of the so-called low-caste Hindus – in order to escape the vicious caste system, they converted to Christianity. But in Pakistan, their life is not only full of hardship, but they are also targeted by the Jihadist groups. Their conversion and life in Pakistan is like going from th