Donald Trump Talks About Pakistan

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It is proving to be increasingly difficult not to criticize Trump’s overt-longing for engaging with Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif

Donald Trump recently pronounced himself to be quite keen in helping with solving out any issues that Pakistan might encounter (on a daily-basis), even going so far as to praise Nawaz Sharif and people of the country. Pakistan, in recent memory, has also been known for acting overtly hostile and interfering in Indian matters, which recently resulted in India teaming up with Afghanistan, a fellow member of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process and heavily criticizing the state. The big problem with Pakistan is it’s nation’s army, which likes to project an anti-India sentiment but India is working on countering this by showcasing Pakistan’s weakness in the region.

After falling out of financial favours with the United States, Afghanistan and India saw in each other as a natural ally, to counter Pakistan’s growing complex in South Asia. It’s not just that because Pakistan is linked to the Mumbai attacks of 2008 and also as Afghanistan would like to point out, Pakistan horrifically gives sanctuary to the Taliban. In the midst of this level of regional trouble spurred on by one isolated (and pre-dominantly Muslim) Pakistan, it is hard to figure out what Donald Trump wants to gain from his keen interactions with Nawaz Sharif. Aside from taking a diplomatic stance, Trump has already crossed out helping India and Pakistan sort out the two states’ Kashmir dispute, unless the President-elect of the United States is personally asked to do so.

Trump and his administration seem to show no understanding whatsoever of South Asian politics because relations with Pakistan is always a cautious subject for India (and Bangladesh). However, in Pakistan the phone call between Trump and Sharif have been received well because it is being looked upon as a warming of relations between United States and Pakistan, despite Sharif’s deep distrust of the US. In spite of being interested in how the free-world works, United States is perhaps influencing Trump to be a bigger leader for specific alliances the state has, one of which includes Pakistan.

It is a rather eternally hopeful message Trump is sending out to Pakistan, and the message has also been viewed as a welcome move in Pakistan. Trump is anticipating a good relationship with Sharif over the next four years, but that seems like a challenging prospect: Nawaz Sharif has already faced a very politically hurtful corruption scandal, and even suffered a military coup but he never hesitated to forge alliances with Benazir Bhutto, or Zardari, if it can serve his own political needs in Pakistan.

As former-cricketer-turned-politician, and founder of one of the three biggest political parties in Pakistan, Imran Khan pointed out (laced with criticism), Sharif might be politically critical towards Zardari’s political party in Pakistani politics sometimes but he is still an amicable critic there. There is absolutely no other way to look at Sharif except that he likes to participate in self-serving Pakistani politics, but as far as the Trump and Sharif relationship goes, it is worth observing and hoping that President-elect Donald Trump has the United States’ best interests at heart all the time.


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Mauritania, Libya and Saudi Arabia: Gender Inequality

Feminism is all about pressing for gender equality across the globe

One of the main concerns in feminism is how slow curbing gender inequality has been, despite the movement being a core figure in feminism. The origin of feminism claims to have been in France and Netherlands, and it incorporates a diverse range of social causes, from education for girls to property rights for women. Women in today’s times have less access to an education, in comparison to men, as well as earn a smaller income. Women in states such as Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (the northern hemisphere) sometimes have to face a curbing of freedom to move in public spaces and communicate with people, and the problem has a religious crossover because this is both for Muslims and upper-caste Hindus.

Fundamental Rights for Women in Developing Nations

Gender inequality for women is also evident in cultural practices in various countries, such as Libya, Mauritania and Saudi Arabia. Although, in states such as Afghanistan, progress has been made in cutting Taliban stronghold over the rights of women, and consistently have them wear a burqa, the struggles of progress for women to gain a lot more freedom in their own country is far from over. Often it can be found that gender inequality stems for women from a strong misunderstanding of local cultural hierarchies, and it is prevalent, so the more that these issues are debated about, positive change befalling upon women in the world, for their rights, can be faster.


In Mauritania, intolerance towards women is unusually high. Less than thirty percent of the female working age group attain employment nationally, forced marriages for women is widespread, women have restrictive property rights (owing to sharia law) in comparison to men, there is an absence of institutionalised support for victims of domestic violence and sexual harassment, and there is a bias towards the son in the family, when it comes to education.


In Libya, when a woman is married she is offered the task of looking after her husband, as more of an obligation enshrined into law, as well as attend to household and childcare duties. For this, the husbands will provide them with relative financial security, regulation of their earrings but there is barely any polygamy in most marriages to begin with. Most men in Libya enjoy the idea of having more than one wife but most women, on the contrary, gravely oppose this point of view. However, there is improvement in sight, if the Libyan economy (with a deprived workforce), can show that in agriculture, more women assume responsibilities, due to men leaving their rural provinces.

Saudi Arabia

In Saudi Arabia, gender inequality is a lost concept. Sharia law decides the personal lives of women, and only as recently as late 2013, did the country achieve its first set of women lawyers. The patriarchal family system determines a couple of major decisions in the lives of the women in the family: for example, a woman will need the permission of her mahram to get wed. This, then fuels thoughts over polygamy, which is an unreliable source of doubt for marriages in Saudi Arabia, however, which is a good sign of cultural progress for an Arab nation. In the country, other similar signs of improving states of gender equality include the criminalisation of domestic abuse, since 2013. But going downhill simply does not stop: there are still too many critical issues surrounding the nature of divorce cases because it is tougher for women to argue for a divorce in the face of primitive opinions regarding it for women, which prioritise the dishonourable nature of women in Saudi Arabia, pressing for a divorce, rather than leaving it upto their mahram.