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What’s Pakistan without Saudi loan, oil and free royal jet rides for Imran Khan?

Pakistan was asked to repay $1bn of the Saudi loan, which it did by borrowing from China, but Qureshi called it an economic favour to the Arab nation in Covid-19.13 August, 2020 10:13 am IST

A file photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. | Imran Khan's official Facebook account Text Size: A-A+ If only Pakistani diplomacy was like Ertugrul drama series. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is definitely not playing a warrior who can conquer nations with a sword. Or in his case, with words. Just ask the Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa who now has to pick up the pieces and fix the mess Quereshi has created with Saudi Arabia.There is loan, there is oil. And what is Pakistan without Saudi loans and oil? Well, there is always Kashmir, of course. In a charged Kashmir-lost-and-not-found atmosphere on 5 August 2020, Quereshi threatened Saudi Arabia-led Organisation of Islamic Countri…
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Why are Finnish Police Trusted So Much More than American Police?

Ryan Turpin May 29 · 12 min read
Fact: law enforcement officials in Finland are more widely trusted by citizens than are their peers in the United States.It’s not a slim margin, either. Finnish police officers are supposedly considered trustworthy by about 95% of the population, while in America, only around half of survey respondents believe they can trust the police.I found this interesting and decided to try and figure out why the difference is so dramatic.If like me, you want a simple and straightforward answer, I can go ahead and tell you that there isn’t one. The more I researched, the more I realized how complex a topic it is. But even though I didn’t find one overarching factor that could account for such a huge gap, I did find a lot of compelling information that sheds light on the subject.The first question I needed to tackle was is it true? If we go by surveys, then yes, it does appear to be. In Finland, the relevant survey is called Poliisibarometri, which translates directl…

India’s police force among the world’s weakest

India’s police-to-population ratio lags behind most countries and the United Nations-recommended ratio of 222.
4 min read.19 Jun 2019Sriharsha DevulapalliVishnu Padmanabhan
Many of the issues with India’s understaffed, overburdened police could stem from the growing criminalization of politics and reluctance for reformTopicsPlain FactsNational Police CommissionIndian Police ServicePolice Drafting Committee
A brutal attack on a young doctor in West Bengal, allegedly by relatives of a patient who died on 10 June, triggered country-wide protests by doctors in the country. The incident highlights not just tensions in doctor-patient relationships but also points to a lack of respect for the rule of law in the country, which leads mobs to take the law into their own hands to deliver instant ‘justice’.According to a 2018 survey of 15,562 respondents across 22 states on perceptions about polici…