Emerging Role of China in South West Asia

Since her inception as a Republic of China, her role in South West Asia has been of immense importance. The paradigm of Chinese foreign policy has gradually changed since the socio-political change in China with the implementation of Deng Xiao Ping’s philosophy of socio-economic change at internal level; however, the foreign policy remained subject to the national interests. After achieving the goal of financial supremacy globally, the foreign policy approach seems to have changed from passive to active.

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Dissent is a forbidden fruit in Pakistan

Dissent is a forbidden fruit in Pakistan now. You could either be declared financially corrupt or anti-state for committing the crime of dissent. Dissenting from the narrative of state institutions was never easy in the country. But the mainstream politicians were mostly exempted from the ambit of such serious allegations in the post-Zia period. It might be because the mainstream politicians usually embraced the narrative of the state institutions in this period. Or may be because the mainstream politicians were seen as serving the interests of the state institutions in the larger scheme of things. Benazir Bhutto was an exemption among the mainstream politicians as she continued to challenge the narrative of the state especially on foreign policy and regional security issues.

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Hype of Individualism

Fortunately or otherwise but from the last three months; Telgu, Tamil and Bollywood movies have been the only source to find solace in life. Being a bedridden person due to some unfortunate circumstances when there was nothing I could develop my interest in: I repetitively kept on watching these movies overloaded with unrealistic action and comedy scenes and left not a single movie unwatched which was available to me.

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Nyla Ali Khan’s Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah’s Reflections on Kashmir

To most Pakistani readers, the figure of Sheikh Abdullah, even when they have not read anything about him, is often, at best, a problematic figure and, at worst, a traitor. Traitor to what cause? No one knows or seems to care. Certainly, the fact that a large segment of Kashmiris, at least on the Indian side of the Line of Control, elected him to the positions of leadership does not figure very prominently in the Pakistani imagination.
Thus, while those Kashmiris who spew the Pakistani policy lines and declare “Jihad” on India are celebrated as heroes in Pakistan, Sheikh Abdullah stays shrouded in this phantasmagoric mist, a shadow figure, a collaborator, a betrayer of trust and certainly not what other Kashmiris often called him and still remember him by: The Lion of Kashmir.

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Acknowledgement-at the very coalface

Swinging from end to end with worth seeing suppleness; gliding across a packed vehicle in a monkey-climbing manner; sticking out and clinging around doors; popping out of the windows; and creeping precariously from one door to the other along the peripheries, he must have mastered the art of high-risk-maneuvering rendering him an intrepid. This dare devil is usually a pencil-thin guy, clad in generous-sized pure traditional outfit (Salwaar Kameez), calling shots for the overall communication throughout the bus and is ipso facto the sole retail phase so is the only point of contact, he himself dices with the death but keeps the communication going by thumping and beating the rusty metallic bus doors to get his voice heard to everyone notwithstanding the ruckus, each time the bus calls at the stop.

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