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In Pakistan, there has been increasing interest and academic curiosity about the growing role of China as an ‘aid provider’.

 

The recent appearance of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, before a Supreme Court bench in Karachi to explain the poor state of drinking water supply and sewerage systems in his province once again illustrates a major imbalance that has occurred among the three branches of the state.

 

Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the UN General Assembly, states that everyone has the right to freedom of movement.

 

By the tick of the clock, just at sunset every day, they come out of their hideouts or safe havens , fearlessly waiting for electric lamps to be switched on. Once the lights are on they stay for the night, hunting and having a feast on mosquito, flies, “parvanai the lovers of `shamma the lit light” moth and all that hitting the wall out there. Finally, thankfulness to sunrise and daylight, they return to their hideouts, leaving us in peace and a scenario acceptably acceptable.

 

While a religious party that has no representation in parliament has succeeded in forcing the federal and Punjab governments to sign time-bound accords in its favour through direct action against certain provisions of the Election Act, the political parties that control parliament were perhaps sleeping when Section 202, which undermines their rights, of the same act, was adopted.

 

After one year of dormancy, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) came back to life with the appointment of a new council and a chairman by President Mamnoon Hussain on November 3, 2017.

 

In the mid of 2014, the Imran Khan-Tahirul Qadri duo cultivated the crop. Towards the end of 2017, Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLRY) leadership has reaped it. During these three-and-half years, Pakistan’s democracy, no more than a house of cards as it has always been, has degenerated into a mobocracy.

 

Managing relations with the US has always remained Pakistan’s greatest foreign policy challenge. Military rulers whether it was Ayub, Zia or Musharraf sought legitimacy by submitting to America’s global and regional agenda and relations remained generally satisfactory and even cordial.

 

As I write these words, James Mattis is only just approaching Islamabad. But before he has even arrived, we know how this visit will go.

 

Changes in Pakistan’s external environment have pushed it towards seeking a closer alliance with China. This is happening in response to the hardening of Washington’s position towards Islamabad in the context of Donald Trump’s evolving approach towards Afghanistan.

 


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