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Pakistan never penalized officials who violated human rights: US report
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Pakistan never penalized officials who violated human rights: US report

Pakistan has been witnessing some significant human rights issues including, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention among many others. However, their government rarely took credible steps to identify and punish officials who may have committed these abuses, the US said in a report.The US released a report "2023 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices" on Tuesday, highlighting the human rights abuses in various countries.Click here to follow our WhatsApp channel"Promoting respect for human rights and defending fundamental freedoms is central to who we are as a country. The United States will always support those around the world struggling for human dignity and liberty," the US State Department stated.The 2023 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices -- r...
In the Maldives, the ruling party secures a majority in the election
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In the Maldives, the ruling party secures a majority in the election

The Maldives’ Election Commission released the results of the Parliamentary Elections held on April 21st, showing that the ruling People’s National Congress (PNC) and its allies won a majority of contested seats. Election Results The PNC won 66 seats, while its political allies, the Jumhoori Party (JP), the Maldives Development Alliance (MDP), the Maldives National Party (MNP), and PNC-endorsed independent candidates, won a total of eight seats. The government has a total of 74 seats out of the People’s Majlis’s 93 seats, giving it a super majority. The Commission said that the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) only won 12 seats, while independent candidates not allied with either the MDP or the PNC won 11 seats. However, the Adhaalath Party, or the Democrats, led by former presid
Why is Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, in Pakistan?
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Why is Ebrahim Raisi, the president of Iran, in Pakistan?

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is in Pakistan on a three-day trip to discuss regional and bilateral relations days after Iran and Israel carried out attacks against each other, risking the Gaza war to expand into a regional conflict. Raisi is scheduled to hold talks with top Pakistani leadership, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, as the two neighbours seek to mend ties after tit-for-tat missile attacks in January. KEEP READINGlist of 4 itemslist 1 of 4Pakistan attacks ‘terrorist hideouts’ in Iranlist 2 of 4Iran’s surprise ‘unprecedented heat’ shutdown raises questionslist 3 of 4Will Israel respond to Iran’s first-ever direct attack?list 4 of 4What are the implications of Iran’s missile attack on Israel?end of listLocal media reported that Raisi will also meet General Asim Mu
China’s help to island nations in the Pacific, free from political constraints and demands: Wang Yi
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China’s help to island nations in the Pacific, free from political constraints and demands: Wang Yi

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Saturday that China's assistance to Pacific island countries has always been free of political conditions and impositions, and China has never issued "blank checks". Wang, who is also a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks at a joint press conference after he met with Papua New Guinea's Foreign Minister Justin Tkatchenko. He called on the international community to pay more attention to the special situation and legitimate concerns of the Pacific island countries, to focus on issues of the greatest concerns to them, such as climate change and improvement of people's livelihoods, and to come up with more ideas, more solutions, more practical work and more good deeds.
Scholz’s Trip to China Verifies the Political Weakness of Germany
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Scholz’s Trip to China Verifies the Political Weakness of Germany

An official visit to China is like a pilgrimage for German leaders and a ritual for German company bosses. Judy DempseyDempsey is a nonresident senior fellow at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe.@JUDY_DEMPSEYThe former Social Democrat chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, went to China six times during his 1998–2005 tenure. His successor, Christian Democrat Angela Merkel, visited the country a dozen times in her sixteen years at the helm. Current Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a Social Democrat, is in China for the second time. In tow, as ever, is a large business delegation. Today Scholz wrap ups his highly choreographed three-day visit with a lengthy meeting with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. The chancellery isn’t looking for any controversy. It keeps a tight g
Has the cricket star of Pakistan, Khan, unlocked a political Pandora’s box?
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Has the cricket star of Pakistan, Khan, unlocked a political Pandora’s box?

TOKYO -- At first glance, Pakistan's recent general election seemed like a tempest in a teapot, but a closer look reveals signs of a political hurricane that could rock the nuclear-armed nation of 240 million people, the world's fifth largest. Following February's vote for the 336-seat National Assembly, Shahbaz Sharif was reappointed prime minister on March 3. The country's power structure seems to have changed little from before the dissolution of the lower house in August: It is still led by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), with the military's strong backing. Still, the ballot results were a big surprise. Contrary to the predicted landslide by the governing coalition, independent candidates backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI...
Why political unrest in South Asia should worry Indo-Pacific nations
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Why political unrest in South Asia should worry Indo-Pacific nations

Over the last two decades, South Asian nations have struggled to maintain their democracies against internal and external threats with significant assistance from the international community. Despite their best efforts, however, democracy has been steadily declining over the last several years, endangering not just the viability of democracy but also larger geostrategic interests. South Asian political unrest One striking illustration of the aforementioned pattern is the recent detention of Imran Khan, Pakistan's well-liked and even populist leader. It is common knowledge that the ISI and other members of Pakistan's security apparatus are behind the scenes influencing the democratic process to strengthen their position.In April of last year, then-prime minister Imran Khan lost a no-...
Beijing’s perspective on Germany’s new China policy
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Beijing’s perspective on Germany’s new China policy

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin cautioned that "viewing China as the source of risk is a fatal miscalculation" hours before Germany unveiled its much expected China strategy document on Thursday, which outlines a policy of "de-risking" from China. The biggest danger in today's world is a contemptuous attitude toward international collaboration, and the greatest uncertainty is stagnation. China is a chance, not a danger, he said. Wang made another media appearance on Friday. Wang's statements were more concentrated and concise since the German government's China approach was now public knowledge. The tactic, according to the Foreign Ministry spokesperson, was "counterproductive," and he also charged the German government with "protectionism." "It merely makes ...
Thaksin delays his departure until the political climate in Thailand is more stable.
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Thaksin delays his departure until the political climate in Thailand is more stable.

Paetongtarn Shinawatra said that the status of Thai politics is the primary cause of the delay and that he wants to make sure Thai politics are in order before his homecoming. The eldest daughter of Thaksin, who is also the Pheu Thai Party's candidate for prime minister, predicted that her father will return soon after the initial July schedule. She continued by saying that he was awaiting a calmer political climate. Even though my father informed the media that returning home had nothing to do with politics, she said that many people still thought the two were related. She said that despite Thaksin's desire to return in order to resolve political issues, his delay has nothing to do with Thailand's transition to a new administration. The major reason for the delay, she added, ...
The UN Resolution Acknowledging “Russian Aggression Against Ukraine”: Why Did China and India Support It?
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The UN Resolution Acknowledging “Russian Aggression Against Ukraine”: Why Did China and India Support It?

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, China and India have maintained a neutral attitude, in part to avoid criticizing Moscow directly. Beijing and New Delhi have made the decision to retain their tight diplomatic ties with Russia while sticking to their respective strategic interests in the area. As a consequence, China and India have persistently pushed for peaceful dispute resolution via discussion and conversation. A recent development, however, raises the possibility that these powers' positions on the Ukrainian situation may have changed. China and India both voted in support of a U.N. resolution on April 26 titled "Cooperation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe," which unequivocally recognized Russian aggression against Ukraine. The resolution acknowledged the "u...