Events in Pakistan’s Sindh province in recent days suggest that Imran Khan’s government is facing a serious political crisis, perhaps its biggest, since then. took office in 2018. Eleven opposition parties, currently in existence formed the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), has staged two massive rallies, as part of a national agitation plan, calling for the resignation of the PTI government over law and order, food shortages, inflation and gas cuts. They called the Prime Minister a failure in government and military “doll”. But what surprised many was the solidarity and sharpness of their attacks: at the rally in Gujranwala, former PM and head of the Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif, speaking from London, appointed Army Commander General Qamar Bajwa and ISI Commander Lt. Gen. Faiz Hameed over “fraudulent elections”, restrictions on the media, harassing journalists, putting pressure on the courts and subverting other democratic institutions. While most Pakistani politicians, including Khan, have attacked Pakistan’s almighty military establishment in opposition, and abandoned rhetoric when they came to power, Sharif’s comments reflect popular sentiment that undermines Pakistani restrictions. The PTI government’s response is an outdated text. Over the past few months, government prosecutors, on Khan’s orders, have focused on preparing cases to send as many members of the Opposition as possible to prison. Co-chair of the Pakistan People’s Party and former President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, has been detained on money laundering charges, while the government has repeatedly asked Britain to extradite Mr Sharif so that he can be prosecuted and tried again.
With the next generation of Bilawal Bhutto and Maryam Nawaz taking the stage at the PDM demonstration, the government moved on to the next action: arresting Nawaz’s husband, Captain Safdar, after a midnight raid on their hotel in Karachi, accused him of disrespecting Jinnah’s mausoleum by raising anti-government slogans there. What caused the fuss were the arrests reportedly made after Army police surrounded Inspector General Sindh’s house and forced him to sign the FIR against Mr Safdar. Top Sindh police officers, supported by the PPP provincial government, rose in anger, applying for mass leave after expressing their distress at the humiliation of their chiefs. This is an unprecedented response that could lead to more serious fighting between the police and the Army. Things are under control for now after General Bajwa promised an investigation report into the controversial arrests within the next 10 days. However, with politics heating up again and the PDM planning at least four more rallies this year, it is clear that Pakistan’s ruling party will crash more often.
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After receiving European Green Capital 2020 title, Lisbon will host the first of many tomorrow’s events in its continued role as a facilitator of a more sustainable future for the fashion industry. Event, Sustainable Fashion Business, is a one-day conference that takes place at Lisbon Academy of Sciences, featuring an array of speakers from around the world, discussing topics and discussing how the industry can move forward in a positive manner.
Being the first Southern European capital to accept this distinction, it recognizes the developments that have taken place within the city over the past decade. Friday’s event will be hosted by Lisbon Environment Council Member José Sà Fernandes, who will present to both physical and digital audiences the benefits of manufacturing in Portugal and how the country is taking greater responsibility for its manufacturing capacity. With climate crises occurring more and more every day, it is imperative that we work across borders, industries and sectors to tackle this struggle together. By openly tackling global markets, the Portuguese capital wants to bring together leaders and visionaries in creating the circular and sustainable future we so desperately need.
The event will focus on various sectors in the industry such as clothing, jewelry, footwear and accessories, drawing on the heritage of craftsmanship and artisanal talent that form the cornerstone of the country’s infrastructure. The Transitional Minister for Environment and Energy, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, will also take part to highlight the business opportunities that lie ahead in the transition to a greener and more responsible industry.
The schedule, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CET, consists of panel discussions, conversations, interviews and talks from various industry players. It will address topics such as education, and its role in sustainability, as well as green financing schemes, textile waste and the importance of technology. Emerging into the post-pandemic world, this topic has never been more prevalent. Organizations like Ellen MacArthur Foundation, PANGAIA and Farfetch were just a few of the few who spoke at the event with input from such designers Priya Ahluwalia, Mats Rombaut and Alan Crocetti. In addition to the scheduled talks, there will be opportunities for visitors to network with investors and industry leaders throughout the day. An exhibition space has also been installed to showcase recent Portuguese initiatives and help visitors to better understand the scope of possibilities available through collaboration and partnerships.
Seeing the country’s textile heritage, the Portuguese State Secretary for the Environment, Inês Costa, remains hopeful about the future. “Disruption must be the basis for the evolution of this industry,” he said. “To innovate and invest in sustainable raw materials and production processes, low-carbon logistics and circular business models are key. Businesses that value quality and longevity, over quantity and brevity, alongside the value of repair and reuse, represent the future. “With the government now working more closely with the industry itself, this presents a sense of optimism and hope in instilling and acting in a change mindset.
Although Portugal may be a small country, its readiness to adapt has solidified its offering as a manufacturing hub. When the textile industry experienced a crisis in 2003, with the relocation of production to other regions such as Asia, forcing business owners and entrepreneurs to look for alternatives. Today, with most of the production plants located in the North, the country’s industry is distinguished by special offerings and high quality, mastering complex design work with technological innovations and, most importantly, advanced solutions in the field of sustainability. “The fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world and there is an urgent need to find new solutions that meet the needs of responsible consumption,” commented José Sá Fernandes, Environmental, Climate, Energy and Green Structure Advisor in the City of Lisbon, as he discussed the importance of upcoming conference. “While we may undertake a reduction in quantity to ensure better quality and durability of materials, talking about it is everyone’s job. I believe that those who will attend this conference will also begin to believe and have hope for a better future. “
With tomorrow’s conference only one way to draw attention to the actions that need to be taken in realigning the industry, the city is set to organize ongoing events to keep issues at the forefront of everyone’s mind. “Events like Sustainable Fashion Business are very important to raise public awareness about the changes that are being made,” Costa continued. “Good practices, brands and institutions that invest to be part of a circular economy, and that place sustainability at the heart of their business, are what we need to address.”
Laura Balmond, a research analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Program Manager of the Make Fashion Circular Initiative, was excited to be a part of the discussion. “Sharing knowledge will be key to finding innovative solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing fashion,” he said while explaining the critical need for such events. “The crisis cannot be solved with just one organization. By bringing together people from across the fashion industry to tackle this problem, the level of collective ambition can be increased. We are all responsible for creating a better fashion industry and hold each other accountable for making it happen. “
This event is a call to action, uniting the industry to rewrite the road that lies ahead. If each participant can leave even with 1-2 changes to make in their business, the long term impact of this event will be very important in the years to come. Now is the time to share ideas, resources and expertise to ensure that as an industry, spread around the world, we can become a positive force for good both socially and environmentally. And, as Balmond concludes, “While the challenges can be daunting, it’s important for fashion brands to get started and explore the possibilities rather than waiting until all the answers are available. Businesses need to work together to allow clothing to keep circulating, policymakers need to create the enabling conditions for these materials to emerge, investors need to support the scaling of new innovations, and academics need to keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. “Everyone has a role to play and going forward we must take responsibility to ensure that, through individual circles of influence, we can be a part of this collective change.
Elizabeth Kerekere is one of New Zealand’s newest MPs – but she is also one of the country’s most diverse.
The main point:
New Zealand has elected the first parliamentarians of African and Latin American heritage
The representation of women in Parliament is up to 48 percent, compared to Australia at 38 percent
Experts say there are lessons to be learned across the trench
He is of Māori descent as well as a gay, Māori term for those who identify with multiple genders, genders and sexualities.
“It doesn’t feel real,”Green Party lawmakers said of his recent election success.
New Zealand just voted Its parliament is the most diverse – nearly half of their MPs are women, and around 10 per cent are from the LGBTQ + community.
Ms Kerekere said it was imperative that “people have the opportunity to take part in decisions that affect their lives”, and she wanted to make sure decisions were seen through Māori and rainbow lenses.
“I’m very proud to be here to represent.”
How diverse is the New Zealand Parliament?
As the vote is still being counted, some seats have not been finalized.
But it looks like the New Zealand Parliament will have 48 percent women.
There are also 16 Māori MPs, and the country is also celebrating the elections of Africa’s first MP, Ibrahim Omer, its first Latin American MP, Ricardo Menéndez March, and the first member of parliament from Sri Lankan heritage, Vanushi Walters.
It seems that 12 of the 120 seats have been won by people from the LGBTQ + community.
In the case of candidates for Pasifika, eight won their seats and another four are likely to enter parliament.
Political scientist Christina Laalaai-Tausa from Massey University in New Zealand told ABC’s Pacific Beat that the new Pasifika MPs reflect the diversity in the population.
“I think now it’s up to them to come together and have strong and strategic thinking about what will work for the Pacific people not only in New Zealand but, also in the Pacific,” he said.
“They have to be able to give a strong voice to the New Zealand Government and really start thinking about some policies and legislation to help raise the Pacific people in terms of economic stability and things like that.
They have been hit hard through crisis after crisis, as we have seen through COVID. “
How does it compare to Australia?
In Australia, there are 86 women elected at the federal level with 227 seats in the upper and lower houses, or just under 38 percent.
In the DPR, there are 47 women MPs, just under a third, with 31 percent.
In the last month, Australia had – for the first time – a majority of women in its Senate, with 39 women and 37 men.
There were six Indigenous people elected at the Federal level, and nine people who identified as LGBTQ +.
After the 2019 elections, about 4 percent of Federal lawmakers have non-European heritage – far behind Canada, New Zealand and the UK.
How does the New Zealand system work?
Unlike Australia, in New Zealand, there are seven seats reserved for Maori candidates.
But as Kerekere points out, “it does not necessarily mean power and influence in Parliament”.
Another key difference is that New Zealand has a single chamber of government – no Senate – and has a mixed member proportional system, or MMP.
Each person gets two votes – one for a voting member of parliament, such as the vote for the Australian House of Representatives, and one for the party of their choice.
The party vote is similar to the over-the-line vote for the Senate in Australia, where parties determine their candidate order.
If a political party gets more than 5 percent, it will get the number of seats in Parliament roughly proportional to the number of their votes, filled by candidates on the party list.
This system was brought up in 1996 after the Royal Commission on the electoral system.
Does it foster diversity?
Part of the reason for the reforms is to increase diversity, according to Professor Jennifer Curtin, director of the Institute for Public Policy at the University of Auckland.
“One of the arguments is that we need a more diverse Parliament – we need it not only to be proportionate in terms of votes, but also to be more reflective of New Zealand society,” he said.
The MMR system is an impetus for parties to show that they reflect a multiethnic society, he said, because more candidates can win seats.
“So over time, we have seen an increase in the number of diverse candidates being put on the party list,” he said.
He said under New Zealand’s “first by post” system, when there is only one winner for an electoral seat, it is fiercely competitive.
That means parties tend “to vote for what they see as the most suitable candidate traditionally – and historically, it has been white people,” said Professor Curtin.
“It is also fueled in part by the mistrust or mistaken belief that women are vote losers, and only men can win votes.”
While the New Zealand Labor Party has gender targets, they are not as strict as the Australian Labor Party quotas, Professor Curtin said, and while the more diverse Parliaments are promising, there are still challenges left.
“There are sexist practices and thinking that still need to be addressed – I wouldn’t say that this is any kind of nirvana here, just because we’ve hit 48 percent,” he said.
A failed ‘Toxic’ press and multicultural narrative in Australia
Dr Blair Williams, lecturer in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University, said the media played a key role.
“And I think it will have a huge impact not only on politicians … but also on whether people even want to enter politics,” he said.
He said it was important to think about ways to increase diversity in Australia, where the Parliament is predominantly white.
“It’s not at all diverse, doesn’t really represent what Australia is like. So we need to open up a conversation about how we can make our Parliament more inclusive?”
Dr Clayton Chin, senior lecturer in political theory at the University of Melbourne, said the diversity of the New Zealand parliament was “the result of a strong and consistent commitment to value diversity and to include citizens from diverse backgrounds across all elements of social and political life”.
“Together with other multicultural success stories, such as the current Parliament and Canadian cabinet, it provides real relief from the failure of the multicultural narrative in Australia,” he said.
Speak the same language
Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney said she doesn’t think reserved Indigenous seats are the best way in Australia, but Indigenous representation at all levels of government is important.
He said that making a pact, as New Zealand did with the Māori, was very important.
“I think the agreement is very important, and it will happen in Australia,” he said.
Another important lesson for Australia is not about the upper echelons of its government, but how Māori culture and language are embedded in New Zealand’s identity.
Part of this is that Māori people make up a higher proportion of New Zealand’s population (about 16 percent) than Indigenous people in Australia (about 3 percent), and speak one language compared to 250 once in Australia.
“An area that I envy the most in New Zealand is the way language is preserved and celebrated and used in everyday life,” he said.
“And I think very little has been done to keep what’s left of it.”
For Ms Kerekere, in her first few days of work, “representation of Indigenous people from any colony is important”.
And he said there was still work to be done. New Zealand may have taken a step forward in LGBTQ + representation, but he wants to see trans, intersex and non-binary people in Government, and he wants to help improve the welfare of the country’s takatāpui people.
“It’s very important for us to use this platform to be open and give space, so those people can bring their voices into the space where decisions are made,” he said.
On behalf of the United States Government, I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family of former President Litokwa Tomeing and to the people of the Marshall Islands for his death.
President Tomeing was a key figure in his country’s founding bodies, including his role in the Marshall Islands Constitutional Convention. The Republic of the Marshall Islands is blessed by a dynamic political career in local and national government. Perhaps one of his greatest legacies is his role in expanding the international presence of the Marshall Islands by successfully advocating for the establishment of the country’s first consulate in the United States in Springdale, Arkansas to serve what is now the largest Marshall community outside Marshall Island.
We commend him for his decades of public service. Together, our two countries can honor their memory and legacy through our continued cooperation and our commitment to shared values.
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KARACHI: Chairman of Jamat e Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman said on Monday that opposition parties using the All Parties Conference (APC) platform are struggling to break away from their own cases instead of fixing solutions for the people, ARY News reported.
Speaking to media after his organized Karachi Referendum, the president of JI’s Karachi branch said demands and complaints from the public needed to be voiced by force. Rehman said Karachi’s situation is getting worse now and Muhammad Ali Jinnah City has been saddened and helpless.
Rehman claims that none of the political parties owns Karachi and its problems, and points out that even the APC – referring to the show of strength of the Pakistan Democratic Movement in a metropolitan city the other day – does not bother to ask the Karachi people to complain.
He said the opposition put on a show of strength just to flex his muscles and get his court case dropped, and not to fix the problem that people. He regretted that the Karachi complaints were not discussed at all.
The leadership of Jamat e Islami also expressed anger and disappointment with the incumbent government, given that they had been in power for their second year and had not given anything at all. He said even though it had won a seat from Karachi, the government had made itself rare for the people.
JI emir Karachi Hafiz Naeem said the party that prides itself on representing the metropolis, the Qaumi-Pakistan Muttahida Movement (MQM-P), has also been silent over Karachi’s predicament.