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PDM faces challenging circumstances, different strategies | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: The ultimatum given by the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to Prime Minister Imran Khan to step down before December 31 has passed amid ridicule and ridicule and by government leaders. The opposition alliance, however, has failed to provide reasonable justification for its failure to meet its targets. From day one, skeptics said that the PDM’s ambitious deadlines were set without deep reflection or even consensus within the PDM. The alliance is meant to increase enough pressure on the prime minister to step down at the end of the year or face an intensification of the opposition’s protest campaign. Now it seems that this is a hasty decision and certain PDM parties are in a hurry to achieve their desired goals without the necessary basis.

It is important to look at the stages of the movement that will be unfolded and the preparations being made for its realization if Imran Khan does not resign by the deadline. Forty-seven days ago on December 15, the PDM stated after a summit in Raiwind that if the prime minister does not step down before the deadline, the alliance will announce a timetable for launching a long march in the federal capital on February 1. deliberations are now planned for that day to ascertain the date of the long march. PDM is scheduled to meet on February 4. If all groups resort to this kind of protest, it will probably be held in March. Then there are alliance differences over converting long marches to sit-ins. The PPP is strongly against this move.

The PDM’s second threat as part of its efforts to add pressure on Imran Khan is to resign from the assembly. There is hardly any talk of this option now especially after the PPP has publicly expressed its reluctance. Asif Zardari is known to oppose any move that brings down the system, while PML-N and JUI-F have opposing views, pushing hardliners.

After the PDM was formed at the All Parties Conference organized by the PPP in September, it had a great start and rocked the government with a series of important events including public meetings. However, after the Lahore action, PDM pressure on the government began to ease. Simultaneously, the explosive rhetoric fueled by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also disappeared. During the first few PDM public meetings, Nawaz Sharif delivered his narrative in an uncompromising tone. It has been quite a while since the PDM has organized meaningful and influential activities. Harsh weather was cited as one reason.

However, as a result of this pause, the government feels more confident and secure now. However, despite this pause, it is misleading to say that PDM can be easily removed and dismissed as a non-entity. It remains a powerful force that can confuse the government with a single display of street power.

The alliance suffered setbacks due to differences within its own ranks regarding agitation options to increase its impetus. The government’s success in changing the ECP’s mind to hold a by-election for the seven federal and provincial seats created a difficult situation that created differences within the PDM.

PPP insists on suing, while PML-N and JUI-F have the opposite view. Finally, PML-N and JUI-F must be in line with PPP’s stance. However, it seems paradoxical for the PDM to contest by-election on the one hand and talk about resigning from the assembly on the other.

The PPP recommendation to move a motion of no-confidence against Imran Khan, which has been repeatedly emphasized, is frowned upon by the other two main components of the PDM. The proposal reflects the position of Asif Zardari working within the system in an attempt to outsmart his nemesis.

The reason why PML-N and JUI-F did not make a fuss with PPP over the proposal they did not agree with was to keep the grouping intact despite major hurdles. Not only both parties but the PPP also realized that if the alliance was broken, everyone would suffer and its weight and relevance would be significantly reduced. Despite its objections to certain strategies from PML-N and JUI-F, the PPP also did not want to shake the boat so that the alliance fell apart.

Talk of a vote of no confidence, doubts over the resignation of lawmakers, doubts about the date of the long march, the absence of a major public activity program in the near future and the passing of Imran Khan’s deadline for resigning without success have created a difficult situation for the PDM. For now, the biggest challenge is maintaining consensus and getting all its component parties to remain a force to be reckoned with. It remains an open question to what extent the PDM has succeeded in creating a gap between the prime minister and the rulers, which has been its main objective.


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Support for ‘homesick’ students – NZ Herald | Instant News

Alumna Teina Havea celebrated success at a recent celebration in honor of the Pacific Graduate. Image / Provided.

On-campus support services are essential for Pacific students as Covid creates new challenges.

Joseph Foon feels for international students trying to adapt to life in New Zealand – especially in the face of the circumstances that Covid-19 presents in 2020.

A third-year Bachelor of Business Studies student at Massey University’s Manawatū campus, Foon came to New Zealand to study from Fiji at the age of 18 in 2018.

Joseph Foon - Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Economics.  Image / Provided.
Joseph Foon – Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Economics. Image / Provided.

Apart from being a distant cousin from his mother’s side, he didn’t know anyone here. “I have very little money, can’t afford textbooks; it’s a struggle to adapt not only to the university, but in New Zealand in general,” he said.

So he has immense sympathy for the hardships experienced by Pacific students who came to study in the months before the pandemic hit. Due to travel restrictions, most were unable to return home on vacation and those new to New Zealand “became very homesick.”

While Foon has finally settled down well after leveraging some of the many existing services and support systems to help Pacific, Māori and Massey-oriented international students, his experiences motivated him to help others in return.

Earlier this year – the final year of her studies – she took on a student advisory role at Manatoa, a campus-based Pacific tutoring and leadership program. He has up to four students under his responsibility offering tutoring primarily in weekly online meetings.

“I know what it feels like to struggle, especially in your first year,” he said. “I was asked if I would like to help and I am happy to do it. I think student-to-student support is very important because we are at their level and like friends.”

Foon has finished his studies – he majored in finance – but believes that without the support he received after joining the Pasifika club on campus, he would not have achieved high graduation scores.

Through the club she learns about scholarships available to promising students facing financial hardship. He applied successfully and was able to buy new books and laptops.

“That’s very helpful,” he said. “Things were difficult in my first year. The weather was colder than at home, the technology was different, I had problems with the way people spoke and had difficulty understanding New Zealand slang.”

Siata Tavite - Associate Director Pacific at Massey Business School.  Image / Provided.
Siata Tavite – Associate Director Pacific at Massey Business School. Image / Provided.

Siata Tavite, Associate Director for Pacific at Massey Business School said there are about 400 Pacific students at the school. He said without a support structure like Manatoa many were in danger of falling through the cracks and dropping out of school or being delayed from enrolling in the first place. “Unlike schools, there is no attendance at the university, there are no teachers to check it; it’s up to students,” he said.

Tavite said the challenges posed by Covid-19 were particularly difficult for many students and highlighted why an important support option was available: “This (Covid) is creating big changes, especially for students studying on campus who expect to come face-to-face with their tutors.”

He said events outside the university had an impact too. One example is the case of a Pacific student who had to cut her study time because her parents and in-laws lost their jobs during the first lockdown.

“He was forced to find work on his own to help her, but didn’t tell anyone. When we found out he was out of his mind worried about how he would continue his studies.”

Tavite said with support the students were allowed to restart in the second semester, while fees that were applicable for the first semester were refunded.

“Without a support mechanism, he may not achieve satisfactory results,” he said. “His example shows how at times like pandemics, Māori and Pacific communities pose a higher risk to both their health and their livelihoods.”

In addition to the Manatoa mentoring program, a number of other support systems are available for Maori and Pacific students at Massey. This includes teams of Pacific students and learning advisers, orientation and social events, spiritual support, dedicated student lounges, Pacific student associations, Māori and Pacific librarians.

MBS Pacific Student and Student Success Advisor, Vika Namoa at a recent celebration for Honor Pacific Graduates.  Image / Provided.
MBS Pacific Student and Student Success Advisor, Vika Namoa at a recent celebration for Honor Pacific Graduates. Image / Provided.

The Promising Business School Student Aid Fund is available for students facing financial difficulties. Founded in 2016, they are funded by school development funds with Māori, Pacific and international students respectively.

School graduates with leadership potential are also eligible for the Business School Future Leaders Scholarships, at least a quarter of which are intended to provide support for Māori and Pacific students.

Meanwhile, the Te Punaha Matatini research center, which brings together New Zealand’s leading researchers in physics, economics and biology (among other disciplines), says the young Māori and Pacific population is a demographic boon: ” re-post-Covid. Sustained investments in their potential will not only benefit more broadly and in the future, but will also prove future regional economies. “

For more information on visiting the Massey University Business School: Massey.ac.nz/study-business


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