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Pakistan’s Political Parties: Surviving Between Dictatorship and Democracy

Published   16 May, 2021   05:45am NON-FICTION: UNDERSTANDING 'ESTABLISHMENTARIAN DEMOCRACY' FOQIA SADIQ KHAN Pakistan’s Political Parties: Surviving Between Dictatorship and Democracy is a good addition to Pakistan’s corpus of literature on political science, even if it does not specifically incorporate a perspective on the country’s political economy. The book’s 14 chapters are separated into three broad areas: form, function and survival. ‘Form’ discusses the party system, with chapters on the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Muttaheda Qaumi Movement (MQM) and leftist and religious parties. ‘Function’ analyses how the party system works with regards to political contact at the ground level, candidate-party linkages, women’s exclusion, governance and opposition. And ‘survival’ refers to the political parties’ resilience in the face of challenges being mounted from the military, judiciary and foreign policy per

China foresees threat to BRI projects amid US drawdown from Afghanistan

AP Synopsis China has sought to step up cooperation with Central Asian countries on security issues amid fears of a resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan and subsequent threat to its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure projects in the region. By  ANI Last Updated:  May 16, 2021, 10:35 AM IST 1 China has sought to step up cooperation with Central Asian countries on security issues amid fears of a resurgence of terrorism in Afghanistan and subsequent threat to its Belt and Road Initiative ( BRI )  infrastructure projects  in the region. As the September 11 deadline of complete withdrawal is approaching, Beijing fears that instability in the country could give ground to Islamic fundamentalism that would spill over into China's Xinjiang province that borders the country,  South China Morning Post  reported. ADVERTISEMENT Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Central Asian counterparts on Wednesday, that they should work together to crack down on terrorist forces and prev

Now the Vadla crane goes missing in Balochistan

Updated At:   May 16, 2021 05:04 PM   New Delhi, May 16 Vadla is the most "famous" female crane among the common cranes who have been visiting India for the past two years. Like last year, this year too, Vadla, tagged with a transmitter (GPS), started her journey from her winter home in Nalsarovar wetland in Gujarat to her breeding home in Kazakhstan on March 29. On April 4, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar announced on social media, "Remember Vadla, the common crane. After spending nearly five months since October 10, at its wintering site near Nal Sarovar bird sanctuary near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, Vadla has moved over site in the mountains,125 km northwest Karachi and in the next few days it will travel through vast deserts of Pakistan, Balochistan, Turkmenistan before reaching its breeding ground in northern Kazakhstan." After two days, Vadla with her flock of common cranes started her journey again from Karachi. Her last cont

CPEC to gain momentum in days ahead

By   APP ISLAMABAD : The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is gaining momentum with every passing day of Pak-China relationship, because of which the project would continue with more strength in days ahead. With the smooth sailing of CPEC project, Pakistan is foreseeing massive economic activity during days ahead. An appreciable outcome of a novel Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of the Chinese government, Pakistan becomes the key player in the regional economic activity. Commenting on the 70th anniversary of Pakistan-China diplomatic relations, a CPEC Authority official told APP that one key outcome of the CPEC is the construction of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under construction across the country through the joint venture. Keeping in view the importance of the project, number of other countries had also been showing interest off and on, to invest in the project. Article continues after this advertisement The economic activity in the country is gaining momentum after the commen