Pakistan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss <table style="height: 450px;" width="800"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: justify;" width="200"><img style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://journals.internationalrasd.org/public/site/images/admin/pjhss-cover-page.png" width="293" height="500" /></td> <td style="text-align: justify;" width="470"> <div style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Pakistan Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences</strong> (abbreviated as Pak. J. Humanit. Soc. Sci.) is an international research journal that is published on a quarterly basis by International Research Alliance for Sustainable Development - <em>i</em>RASD. PJHSS publishes double-blind and peer-reviewed research in specific fields of humanities and social sciences and <span data-contrast="auto">is committed to providing open access to all its published content. </span></div> PJHSS publishes research based on its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance, and surprising conclusions. PJHSS has been publishing since 2013. <div> </div> <div><strong>Publisher:</strong> International Research Alliance for Sustainable Development - <em>i</em>RASD </div> <div><strong>Frequency:</strong> Quarterly </div> <div><strong>Access:</strong> Open</div> <div><strong>Medium:</strong> Print and Online</div> <div><strong>Publication Charges:</strong> Click <a href="https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/publicationfee" target="_blank" rel="noopener">HERE</a> for information </div> <div><strong>Peer Review Process:</strong> Double-blind</div> <div><strong>Online ISSN:</strong> 2415-007X</div> <div><strong>Print ISSN:</strong> 2709-801X</div> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> en-US editor.pjhss@internationalrasd.org (Dr. Umair Ahmed) irasd.support@internationalrasd.org (Mr. Shahzad Ahmad) Wed, 27 Apr 2022 02:24:59 -0400 OJS 3.3.0.8 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Exploring the Empirical Linkages between Economic Growth and Private Consumption: Contextual Evidence from Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/737 <p style="text-align: justify;">The sustainable development of a country is assumed to be a healthy sign for domestic consumers as well as producers. As private consumption is a vital component of real gross domestic product (GDP) and it can influence economic growth. This study explored a dynamic relationship between economic growth represented by real GDP and real private consumption expenditure (PCE). Stationarity of private consumption expenditure and GDP in first differences led to cointegration analysis between these time series data. Cointegration test indicated the existence of co-integrating relationship between these two variables. Vector error correction model (VECM) was employed to test the possibility of long-run adjustment towards equilibrium as well as nature of short-run dynamics. Granger causality test shows plausible role of short run consumption dynamics significantly improve predictive power of the model for real GDP growth. </p> Mazhar Nadeem Ishaq, Rukhsana Rasheed, Muhammad Fahad Malik Copyright (c) 2022 Mazhar Nadeem Ishaq, Rukhsana Rasheed, Muhammad Fahad Malik http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/737 Mon, 25 Apr 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Exploring English as a Multicultural Language in Pakistan: A Sociolinguistic Profile https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/735 <p style="text-align: justify;">This study aims at exploring Pakistani English as a multicultural language and the importance of grasping the reality of intercultural competence in English language teaching (ELT). It conceptualizes Pakistani English as a multicultural language in terms of the Three Concentric Circles model suggested by B. B. Kachru (1985). Innovative changes and deviations have been recognized as indigenized features of Pakistani English that emerge due to the influence of L1 and the Pakistani cultural context. This is a theory-based content analysis of textbooks of English taught at IX and X grades in schools of the four provinces in Pakistan. An analysis of lexical stereotypes in Pakistani English is carried out to explore a multicultural dimension of Pakistani English. Recruiting the notion of Pakistani English as a multicultural language this study suggests that representation of Pakistani culture in the textbooks elevates intercultural competence to fill the gap in cultural diversity using English in ELT.</p> Uzma Adnan, Tazanfal Tehseem Copyright (c) 2022 Uzma Adnan, Tazanfal Tehseem http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/735 Sat, 14 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Gender Equality in English Language Textbook https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/759 <p style="text-align: justify;">This research study seeks to evaluate the (PTB) English language textbook of grade 10<sup>th</sup>to see the extent to which it has incorporated the theme of gender equality.&nbsp; The analysis has been done through content analysis of the textbook units and exercises. The analysis reveals that women have been underrepresented in the textbook. The female characters appear in the book only twice, whereas the male characters are not only more frequently found in the main content, but the frequency of male nouns and pronouns is also higher in the activities. The boys are found playing different games such as football, basketball, tennis, cricket, and video games, whereas females are mostly found studying, doing homework, appearing in exams, or working on a class project. Girls are found to be busy in mostly indoor activities such as studying, doing homework, painting, reading stories, or watching movies and television. Boys, on the other hand, are found doing various outdoor tasks such as gardening, going to the market, traveling, and playing outdoor games. The roles and attributes associated with the male and female characters are affected by the stereotypes in society. The research is an attempt to see how far the textbook is achieving SDG 4.7. This research can be useful for the textbook authors, and curriculum designers to consider the parameters of SDG 4.7 while planning the content.&nbsp;</p> Afia Mahmood, Farzana Yousaf, Ahsan Bashir, Sabahat Parveen Copyright (c) 2022 Afia Mahmood, Farzana Yousaf, Ahsan Bashir, Sabahat Parveen http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/759 Sun, 15 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Speech Oriented Discourse in Written Genre: A Multidimensional Analysis https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/761 <p style="text-align: justify;">This study analyses the South Asian varieties of English in comparison with British English and explores if newspaper reportage has been influenced by popularization. The objective of the study is to find the differences and similarities among all the eight South Asian Englishes and British English with a special focus on speech-oriented discourse. To achieve this objective, the study follows Biber’s (2006) multidimensional analysis as a theoretical framework. The present study uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. The results indicate a considerable difference between the press reportage of Pakistan and that of other South Asian countries. Further, Pakistani press reportage is the most speech-oriented among all the South Asian countries and Britain in producing discourse.</p> Sadia Ali, Ahsan Bashir, Muhammad Ali, Maryam Aleem Copyright (c) 2022 Sadia Ali, Ahsan Bashir, Muhammad Ali, Maryam Aleem http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/761 Sun, 15 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Authorial Intervention in (Hassan's State of Affairs: Fill…In…The… Blanks) Hassan Ki Suratehal: Khali…Jagahain…Pur…Karo: A Postmodern Study https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/736 <p style="text-align: justify;">This paper focuses on the authorial intervention technique in postmodern fiction with reference to Urdu novel, Hassan Ki Suratehal: Khali …Jagahain…Pur…Karo (Hassan's State of Affairs: Fill…In…The…Blanks). The paper reviews author's role in different phases, specifically in fictional writings, including the phase of the declaration of the authorial death to subsequent resurrection and then flipflop appearance and disappearance in postmodern fiction. The case of Mirza Athar Baig's authorial intervention has been reviewed through the reading of his Urdu novel. Taking clues from Mark Currie and Peter Damian-Grint's theoretical elucidation and support of the study of Brian McHale on postmodern fiction, Foucauldian and Barthian views about authorial demise and subsequent postmodern resurrection have been analyzed to move further. This has led to postmodern authorial flipflop and its interplay upon in/direct authorial intervention in the text and textual interpretation. The resultant short analysis demonstrates that not only has Athar Baig intervened rhetorically but also, he has intruded the story editorially. At some places, Baig has confused his intervention with his persona too, a new authorial intrusion technique deduced from this analysis. The study has been undertaken in Urdu language with self-translation for evidences to support the claims deduced from the mentioned theoretical perspective.</p> Ali Ahmad Kharal Copyright (c) 2022 Ali Ahmad Kharal http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/736 Sun, 15 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Language Learning Strategies (LLSS) in Computer Assisted Language Learning Context https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/762 <p style="text-align: justify;">Computer-assisted language learning (CALL) is still in the early stages of integrating technology into educational institutions in Pakistan but, in Pakistani classrooms, using technology in language instruction is growing as a popular trend.Thus, the current study’s goal is to investigate the language learning strategies in CALL contexts should be modified/improved and can they bring some positive results or not. In doing so, a mixed-mode pre-test post-test research methodology, using one identical test (pre-test and post-test) before and after studying in a CALL setup was used. Moreover, semi-structured interviews were also used to explore the opinions of learners (n=6). As a result, one group (experimental) of male college students (n=55) was chosen at random for the investigation (experimental group). The findings of the study revealed positive results in both analyses (QUAL+QUAN). The study presents future recommendations also.</p> Sahib Khatoon, Quratulain Mirza, Shumaila Memon, Sadia Memon Copyright (c) 2022 Sahib Khatoon, Quratulain Mirza, Shumaila Memon, Sadia Memon http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/762 Sun, 15 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Recent Advances in Solar Energy Harvesting by Improving Efficiency and Storage https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/566 <p>For confronting the majority of today’s mankind needles, this paper considers some under-developed and current methods or techniques for advancing solar (sunlight) energy harvesting. Usually, modern energy or power systems presume continuous accessibility of energy, but the energy of the sun or sunlight isn’t available or accessible at night time. So, storage of energy nowadays is an imperative concern. Moreover, the usage of current solar power is not so cheap it causes high production costs. Therefore, there is a need to introduce substantiate solar energy harvesting methods to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Therefore, this research highlighted that storage of solar energy can surely be increased by using flywheels or superconducting magnets, mimic. To uplift the storage of solar energy at night time antennas can be used. Moreover, solar energy efficiency can be surely increased by using gold nano-particles, changing solar panels connects ways.</p> Hina Ali, Hina Shafiq, Khizra Sardar, Maria Iftikhar Copyright (c) 2022 Hina Ali, Hina Shafiq, Khizra Sardar, Maria Iftikhar http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/566 Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Examining Counter Discursivity in Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/726 <p style="text-align: justify;">The paper intends to examine the socio-political implications of Arundhati Roy’s discourse in her novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. It aims to analyze the linguistic significance of the selected text and its role in countering the established social discourses. Further, it will be seen how the author’s use of particular words challenges and undermines the existing dominant social structures. Roy uses persuasive language to make the downtrodden sections i.e. trans-genders, Dalits, and Kashmiris in Indian society reject marginalization. It is qualitative research that employs Norman Fair clough’s Three-Dimensional Model along with the principles of Critical Discourse Analysis. Persuasive Linguistic Devices are identified and used as tools to analyze the linguistic significance of the selected excerpts from the text. The analysis of the text reveals that Roy’s unapologetic and powerful language allowed her characters to realize their potential and consider themselves a valuable part of Indian society.</p> Nabeel Ahmed Minhas, Nadia Anwar Copyright (c) 2022 Nabeel Ahmed Minhas, Nadia Anwar http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/726 Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Assessing the Effects of Fiscal Decentralization on the Efficiency of Education Sector: Analysis of Punjab, Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/770 <p>The present study investigates the impact of fiscal decentralization (FD) on the efficiency of public service delivery (PSD) in the education sector of Punjab, Pakistan, from the year1982 to 2017. Firstly, the efficiency coefficients for secondary school enrolment are estimated using Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA). Secondly, the impact of FD on PSD in the education sector of Punjab, Pakistan, is analyzed using the Auto-Regressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) method of estimation. The findings suggest that revenue decentralization positively enhances PSD efficiency in the education sector. In contrast, the effect of expenditure decentralization is negative on the efficiency of the education sector.</p> Ambreen Sarwar, Atif Khan Jadoon, Maria Faiq Javed, Ismat Nasim Copyright (c) 2022 Ambreen Sarwar, Atif Khan Jadoon, Maria Faiq Javed, Ismat Nasim http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/770 Sun, 22 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 The Moderating Impact of Perceived Risk on the Relationship of Website Experience and Online Purchase Intention https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/788 <p>It is crucial to develop an understanding of the factors of customer purchase intention. It is also imperative to study these factors in the context of online purchasing. The reason its dissemination among consumers. Therefore, the present study developed a theoretical model and test by exploring the attributes of website experience such as information quality, security and service, and website credibility and its effect on online purchase intention in the presence of perceived risk as a moderator. The study opted quantitative method through survey application. PLS methodology was adopted to evaluate the measurement and structural model. The study adds knowledge to the literature through the support of empirical shreds of evidence in the context of Pakistan’s retail sector. The indication of findings points out the meaningful association among constructs that maximize the profitability of the online retail service sector if addressed carefully and may also create greater competition for online retailers. The study also showcases Implications, limitations, and future recommendations that were also canvassed at the end of the paper.</p> Ubedullah Amjad Ali, Atif Aziz Copyright (c) 2022 Ubedullah Amjad Ali, Atif Aziz http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/788 Sat, 28 May 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Relationship between Psychological well-being and Marital Conflicts among Parents with Down Syndrome Children https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/658 <p>The present study is conducted in Pakistan and will investigate the relationship between psychological well-being and marital conflicts among parents with Down syndrome children. The study was conducted in institutes of Islamabad, which include the Al-Farabi Institute and the National Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. The study was conducted in the speech and physiotherapy department of institutes and included those patients who were suffering from Down syndrome. Purposive sampling was used to acquire the data from 60 parents (30 mothers and 30 fathers) of Down syndrome children. Regression and correlation analysis was performed to determine the link between independent and dependent variables as well as the impact of psychological well-being (autonomy, environmental mastery, purpose in life, personal growth, self-acceptance, and positive relations) on marital conflicts. The results show a positive and insignificant relationship between autonomy, positive relations, personal growth, self–acceptance, and marital conflicts but also reveal a negative and significant relationship between environmental mastery, purpose in life, and marital conflicts due to a poor environment. The research will help parents to lessen their stress and improve their environment. It will also guide the NGOs and civil society to encourage the parents and give them awareness about the coping strategies to deal with these situations.</p> Sidra Riaz, Tauqir Ahmad Ghauri, Rizwan Ali Shinwari, Arbab Masood Copyright (c) 2022 Sidra Riaz, Tauqir Ahmad Ghauri, Rizwan Ali Shinwari, Arbab Masood http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/658 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Impact of Dental Anxiety on Oral Health QOL among Dental Patients: Exploring Mediating Effect of Cynical Hostility https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/720 <p>The purpose of the study was to examine the dental anxiety predicting poor oral health quality of life (OH QOL) and explore mediating effects of cynical hostility among dental patients. Using the survey questionnaire methodology, the study further analyzed the demographic differences (age, gender) among dental patients. The researchers wanted to see if there was a link between dental anxiety and oral health quality of life (QOL) as well as cynical hostility in a group of dental patients. The Modified Dental Anxiety Scale (MDAS), Cynical Distrust Scale (CDS), and Oral Health Impact Profile (OHIP) were all completed by 353 dental patients. Additionally, demographic information was gathered. Regression analysis shows that dental anxiety results in poor oral health QOL (p&lt;.05). Mediation analysis via Hayes process macro showed cynical distrust impact as a mediator in a relationship between dental anxiety and oral health QOL was significant. The mediation found that cynical hostility was a significant factor in the link between dental anxiety and oral health quality of life. Results of the study have major implications in domain of oral health and can be used in health programs to improve the quality of treatment.</p> Sana Khan, sarwat sultan, Hina Khan Copyright (c) 2022 Sana Khan, sarwat sultan, Hina Khan http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/720 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Pictorial Databases for the Assessment of Affective Flexibility: A Systematic Review https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/589 <p>The present paper attempted to analyze the existing task-based measures of affective flexibility and to provide a strong database for further development and validation of culturally relevant task-based measures of affective flexibility. The Articles in which affective tasks were developed are included in this review. Only those articles which had been transcribed in English and published in peer-reviewed journals from the year 1995-to 2021, with a sample of youth (15-35 years) were included. Key terms were effective flexibility, emotional flexibility, assessment of affective flexibility, and measures of affective flexibility. A systematic search of multiple computerized databases including Science Direct, Pub Med, Google scholar, and Psyc INFO was accomplished to find out the relevant articles. Both keyword search and citation search was performed for the current review. A total of 116 relevant articles were initially evaluated, 101 of them were excluded due to not meeting the inclusion criteria, and finally, 15 articles were retained. Analysis revealed that utilization, psychometric properties, and measurement accuracy were higher for several databases. Most of the studies have used standardized picture databases as stimulus material using a switching paradigm predominately. Correlation and t-tests were predominately performed for statistical analyses of the data. Strengths, limitations, and implications of the databases for affective flexibility had also been discussed.</p> <p> </p> Rabia Maryam, Rabia Khawar Copyright (c) 2022 Rabia Maryam, Rabia Khawar http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/589 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Perceptions about Waiting for Godot: Insights from Pakistani Undergraduate Students https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/741 <p>This study has investigated undergraduate students’ perceptions of ‘Waiting for Godot’ at a public-sector university, in Pakistan. The study has explored how students identify existentialist themes and how do they relate to identified themes in the play. Rosenblatt's (1938, 1994) reader response and Sartre's (1956) existential model have guided this study. The findings are based on data supplied by 15 participants through semi-structured interviews. The study has applied a qualitative mode of inquiry employing the Thematic Analysis method by Braun and Clarke (2006). The key arguments based on findings reveal that participants’ responses were affected by their social and educational background. It highlights that participants connected existentialist themes that were very close to their life experiences and observations. It reflects that the play raised a sense of questioning as the spirit of posing introspective questions was more evident among male respondents. The play served as a source of motivation for participants to struggle for life’s meaning. It also highlights the role of teachers in developing participants’ understanding of the play. The results are important for teachers, curriculum designers, and researchers as they bring some implications in the context of literary pedagogy.</p> Tania Shaikh, Musaib Junejo , Waseem Malik , Aqsa Shah Copyright (c) 2022 Tania Shaikh, Musaib Junejo , Waseem Malik , Aqsa Shah http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/741 Sat, 04 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Spotlighting a Terrorist: A Review of Racial Profiling in Terrorist by John Updike https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/771 <p>Besides affecting the global socio-political situation, the 9/11 attacks gave rise to newer forms of literary productions with distinct post-9/11 traits. Since most of the post-9/11 literary and political debates have focused on the fight between terror groups presumably based in the Muslim world and the secular west led by the United States of America, the practices of profiling, stereotyping, and counter-stereotyping have been common. We have explored racial profiling and stereotyping in Terrorists by John Updike to understand the novel’s contribution to post-9/11 political propaganda. We provide textual analysis of Terrorists by drawing evidence of profiling along racial, religious, political, cultural, and geographical lines. We conclude that various forms of propaganda including polemical fiction have eroded the inter-communal harmony in the post-9/11 American society. Finally, we recommend measures against the menace of terrorism that may be effective without compromising the civil liberties of citizens.</p> Hafiz Ahmad Yar Copyright (c) 2022 Hafiz Ahmad Yar http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/771 Sun, 05 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Testing the Classical Inflation Theory in Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/787 <p>The study is about the examination of the classical theory of inflation in Pakistan. The data covered, the time period from 1972 to 2020. Time series data is used and collected from World Bank. The ARDL model estimation technique is used to analyze the data. The study shows a research gap based on testing the classical inflation theory in Pakistan which is different from previous related studies. The novelty of this research is to test the positive and direct linkage of doubling the money supply will double the price level in the case of Pakistan believing the classical model of inflation. The stationarity of data is checked through the unit root test. The results show that there is a positive relationship between nominal money supply and inflation in Pakistan, as classical believe that doubling the money supply will double the price level and the value of money becomes half. The findings of the study support that classical inflation theory is valid in the case of Pakistan. Inflation is taken as a dependent variable as a proxy of GDP deflator and a list of independent variables are such as per capita income, nominal money supply, interest rate, taxes, and government current expenditures. The empirical, theoretical, and historical facts are supporting this study. The study has explored the existence of inflation in Pakistan. It is observed that inflation is a monetary phenomenon and it is connected with the money supply which leads to an increase in the general price level. In order to curtail inflation government should control the money supply which will help to reduce prices.</p> Muhammad Zahir Faridi, Sheneela Altaf, Anum Fida, Asad Ali Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Zahir Faridi, Sheneela Altaf, Anum Fida, Asad Ali http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/787 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 A Corpus-Based Study of English Adjectives: ‘Wondrous’, ‘Prodigious’ and ‘Stupendous’ in BNC https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/773 <p style="text-align: justify;">The present study focuses on the frequency, collocations, noun modification, and semantic similarities and differences of three English adjectives: wondrous, prodigious, and stupendous to compare and contrast the similarities and differences in terms of meaning and collocation<strong>. </strong>The data was collected from Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English and The British National Corpus. The three adjectives were found to have the same fundamental meaning but differ in terms of specific meanings, degrees of formality, noun modification, and collocational patterns. Consequently, the three Adjectives cannot be used interchangeably in all situations. In addition, it was found that the corpus provides some additional data which is non-existent in the dictionary.</p> Muhammad Zeeshan Akram Malik, Afshan Abbas, Beenish Pervaiz Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Zeeshan Akram Malik, Afshan Abbas, Beenish Pervaiz http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/773 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Ideological Conflict as a Marker of Change: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Naseem Hijazi's novel “The Last Fight” https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/700 <p>This research paper aims to find out how the two main groups of the subcontinent namely: Hindus and Muslims, face a clash of ideologies at the same time, what were the effects of this clash of ideology on their social lifestyle values and code of conduct as depicted in Nasim Hijazi’s novel “The Last Flight”. How perception about religion and power imposing groups have changed through a chain of events. In this study, the “Last Fight” (translated version) has been keenly analyzed by keeping in mind the subcontinent's historical perspective and relating these ideologies with the present time. The framework of Van Dijk's ideology and discourse analysis (2006) with reference to social, cognitive, and discursive components is employed to investigate how language is used to understand and communicate ideologies and their impact on the thought processes of groups, systems of beliefs, values, cultural manifestations, and society altogether. This paper is significant in portraying the framework and implications of ideology and discourse analysis. However, the text under consideration can be analyzed and explained in other multiple dimensions.</p> Kaynat Khudadad, Sana Nawaz, Musarrat Azher, Alia Zainab Copyright (c) 2022 Kaynat Khudadad, Sana Nawaz, Musarrat Azher, Alia Zainab http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/700 Mon, 06 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Uncovering the Preferences of Highly Qualified Women during Spouse Selection from District Skardu – Gilgit Baltistan Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/730 <p>Selection of a mate to get married is a quite common cultural practice worldwide and the criteria of spouse selection for women are very so often difficult. For the first time in this qualitative study, the preferences of highly qualified women in spouse selection and the influence of background individualities of spouses from Skardu, Gilgit – Baltistan, Pakistan were testified. A total of 15 unmarried but employed women were designated as respondents and data were obtained through purposive sampling from different institutions of Skardu like hospitals, colleges, and banks. An interview guide was used and the obtained data were evaluated thematically. The obtained results were characterized as the top criteria, important criteria, moderately important, and not important criteria for the choice of spouse. Results displayed that majority of women from the area consider higher education level, personal attributes, educational homogamy, financial stability, parental background, and sociability as top criteria before choosing a future spouse. While physical attractiveness and similar cultural/linguistic backgrounds were not deliberated as important measures to accept any proposal. It is therefore concluded that spouse education and some personal attributes are the top preferences of highly qualified women from the Skardu district of Gilgit - Baltistan Pakistan.</p> Eshrat Abbas, Amber Ferdoos Copyright (c) 2022 Eshrat Abbas, Amber Ferdoos http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/730 Sun, 12 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Identifying Crime and Socio-Economic Factors Related to Crime in Multan District Prison, Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/785 <p style="text-align: justify;">Crime is a major issue all over the world mostly in developing countries. Many social and economic determinants may cause crime such as poverty, ignorance, lack of education, unemployment, inflation, etc. This paper is an attempt to explore the crime-related and socio-economic crime factors in district jail Multan, Pakistan by collecting data through interviewing method from 172 male prisoners by random sampling technique. Two kinds of crime are linked through the purely crime-related variables and socio-economic variables by applying cross-tabulation analysis. The study has identified that crime is the upshot of many social, economic, and purely crime-related factors like the type of crime, economic, social, political &amp; psychological factors, Criminal friendships, Revenge, joint family, rural area of residence, low education level, lack of support, Social deprivation, private-sector job, etc. The study has suggested some policies to reduce the crime rate.</p> Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, Rashid Ahmad, Furrukh Bashir, Sana Sultan Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, Rashid Ahmad, Furrukh Bashir, Sana Sultan http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/785 Sun, 19 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 A Review of Corporate Reporting and its Future https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/796 <p>Corporate reporting has been considered a formal and widespread source of information within organizations. According to standards and accounting rules, financial accounting provides a representation of the financial situation of companies. This representation is communicated through financial statements at the end of each accounting period and under the legal requirements and tax regulations. Thus, corporate reporting has been limited to preparing financial statements for legal purposes and producing historical accounting and financial information. This study is a meta-analysis of prior literature to understand the concept of corporate reporting and identify the key domains that are still not explored by the researchers.</p> Adnan Anwar, Atif Aziz, Sahar Qabool Copyright (c) 2022 Adnan Anwar, Atif Aziz, Sahar Qabool http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/796 Sun, 19 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Transcultural Narrative in Khalid Hosseini’s and the Mountains Echoed: A New Historicist Analysis https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/795 <p style="text-align: justify;">Hosseini in his third novel <em>And the Mountain Echoed</em> endeavors to portray the social, political, and historical background of different cultures and highlights the core issues running parallel within the situation of Afghanistan, entangled in challenges of political instabilities, social unrest, insecurities due to foreign invasion, the rise of Taliban and the status of Afghanistan after 9/11. By keeping tabs on Afghan culture, this research has explored Hosseini’s paralleled narratives of other cultures such as Paris, America, and Greece. To generate a power discourse, these narrations construct an identity and authoritative stance by invoking the influential backgrounds and histories that cause these different ethnicities to revolve all around the world, a global movement towards the reevaluation of the old notions and concepts about the fixity of boundaries of nation-states. By observing the cultural taboos in different countries, Hosseini points out the distressing factors that weaken a culture by referring to the Afghan wars and a certain political agenda in counter countries. By highlighting these cultural taboos, different nations uphold a discourse of power against rival cultures. Through counter-cultural practices, cultural values and taboos are set forth to evaluate the nature and function of different cultures presented in the novel. His indecisive affinity with his own native place shows his monomaniacal focus on a transcultural outlook. This research combines the technique of textual analysis with a qualitative mode of study. Hosseini’s ambivalent approach towards divergent cultural narratives inclines towards advanced and innovative aspects of the new historicist theory by Greenblatt. His radical ideas about culture and history have been utilized in the present study to analyze the text. His idea of anecdote in new historicism exists between de-nationalization and re-nationalization, between de-territorialization and re-territorialization authenticates his view of culture as being a gigantic text which embraces small events that skirmish with each other in a way that exemplifies a text on the basis of which the author constructs a melodrama to back up non-fiction elements within fictional taste. To support the power factor in cultural analysis, Foucault’s notions about the power structure are employed within Greenblatt’s two-sided cultural concept. The complicated nature of culture has been traced by the analysis of historical incidents and dialogue by different characters having contradictory and complex nature as per the complicated procedure of cultural phenomenon.</p> Hina Ali, Mazhar Hayat, Malik Haqnawaz Danish, Doshab Azher Copyright (c) 2022 Hina Ali, Mazhar Hayat, Malik Haqnawaz Danish, Doshab Azher http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/795 Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Assessing the Effects of Vocational Education Training (VET) on Depression, Stress, Anxiety on Rural Women: A Study of Mureed Khan Umrani Tharparkar https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/677 <p>This research reflects the special role of VET on the different levels of Anxiety Depression and Stress. The population selected for the study was women living in the village of Mureed Khan. By using the purposive sampling technique 120 women were selected from the population. The sample was divided into two groups i.e., targeted, and non-targeted groups. Women with age 14 to 25 years old were selected to become part of the study. SPSS-22 software was used for testing of hypothesis. Pre-test and post-test differences in study variables show that VET is an effective intervention and caused significant changes in the participants.</p> Misbah Rehman, Rabia Hanif, Maria Rafique, Ayesha Malik Copyright (c) 2022 Misbah Rehman, Rabia Hanif, Maria Rafique, Ayesha Malik http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/677 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Asymmetric Impact of Energy Consumption on CO2 Emissions: A Case Study for Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/807 <p style="text-align: justify;">Efficient use of energy resources is one of the best solutions for protecting the world's ecosystem and achieving sustainability of economic growth. The present study has investigated the estimated symmetric and asymmetric relationship between energy consumption (EC) and CO2 emission in Pakistan. For empirical testing, ARDL and NARDL approaches are employed from 1976 to 2019. The outcomes of NARDL found that positive and negative shocks in EC substantially increased CO2 emission in the short run. However, in the long run, negative shock significantly decreases CO2 emission, and positive shock insignificantly increases CO2 emission in Pakistan. It is suggested that government should concentrate on clean energy production initiatives to promote the use of renewable energy. Similarly, it is anticipated that environmentally-conscious planning throughout the capital spending stage of manufacturing activities and the proper application of environmental levies will be beneficial in lowering carbon footprints associated with all sectors of the economy.</p> Zubair Tanveer, Waheed Ahmad, Nabila Asghar, Hafeez ur Rehman Copyright (c) 2022 Zubair Tanveer, Waheed Ahmad, Nabila Asghar, Hafeez ur Rehman http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/807 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Role of Education in Poverty Mitigation in Pakistan: Evidence from Southern Punjab https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/809 <p style="text-align: justify;">Poverty is one of the most common and challenging issues in the world, especially for developing economies. The development pace will never be speedier until this issue is resolved beforehand. In the case of Pakistan, poverty is still persistent and increasing due to multifactor. The current study endeavors to investigate the multi-dimensional relation between educational attainment level and its impact on household poverty in South Punjab, Pakistan. For this purpose 800 households are selected as a sample. Ordinary Least Square and Binary Logistic methods are used. It transpired from the outcomes that variables that have a positive impact on poverty include the size of the household and family system. On the other hand, age of the head of household, education of the head of household, natural log of assets of the household, employment status of the household head, spouse participation in income generation, area of residence of the household, foreign remittances and unemployment status are adversely affecting. This study is endowed with regional and divisional level comparisons. It emerged from the result that amongst the three, Dera Ghazi Khan (DG Khan) is the most vulnerable. Family size, family system, and employment status have adversely affected the economic face of this division. It is recommended that an effective family planning regime, along with improved education attainment level and urbanization of the rural areas of this vicinity be strongly focused on a priority basis.</p> Syeda Hina Zahra Bukhari, Shahnawaz Malik, Muhammad Zahir Faridi Copyright (c) 2022 Syeda Hina Zahra Bukhari, Shahnawaz Malik, Muhammad Zahir Faridi http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/809 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 An Empirical Study of Autonomous Medical Institution to Identify the Role of Human Resources Practices on Perceived Employees Performance in Punjab, Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/810 <p style="text-align: justify;">This study gauges the associations between Human Resource (HR) practices and the perceived performance of employees at Autonomous medical institutions'(AMI), Punjab (Pakistan). The HR practices thrashed out in this study are Recruitment &amp; Selection, Training &amp; Development, Compensation, complaint resolutions procedure, and Job clarity. 220 respondents were selected randomly from the 13 AMI’s of Punjab. The data was collected through a personally administered questionnaire. A personally administered questionnaire was used to obtain the data. The study's findings demonstrate that in the health sector, recruitment and selection, training and development, salary, and job clarity all have a substantial association with employee performance, but the complaint resolution method has no such relationship. The study provided a strategic tool for the improvement of employee performance by using these practices.</p> Muhammad Rashad Qamar Rao, Muhammad Aleem, Muhammad Imdad ullah Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Rashad Qamar Rao, Muhammad Aleem, Muhammad Imdad ullah http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/810 Tue, 28 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Nature and Psychological Engineering: An Ecopsychological Study of Silko’s Ceremony https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/727 <p style="text-align: justify;">The study aims at investigating the relationship between the human mind crisis in relation to its immediate environment in Leslie Silko’s Ceremony. Ecological psychology is the study of the psychological origins of the ecological crisis, as well as the interaction between the human mind and the Earth's ecological crisis. An entirely new perspective and research methodologies have been provided by Ecological psychology for post-traumatic psychological healing as well as the proper handling of man-nature relationships. From an ecopsychological perspective, post-traumatic psychological resilience should be guided by ecological psychology theory, starting with ecological psychology regarding post-traumatic resilience, to establish a green eco- psychotherapy system, to attain harmony between nature and man, pay heed to trauma, and continue to grow. In the 1990s, the field of ecological psychology grew in popularity. Ecological psychology has made a positive attempt to investigate the core causes of the problems that human society and psychology have faced. It has a significant value in enforcing environmental consciousness, strengthening environmental learning, and expanding psychological research and application. In Ceremony, Tayo’s character is suffering post-traumatic conditions and environmental disconnection. When he refurbishes his relation with nature he gets healed and his mental peace returns. The study exhibits how significant it is to renew a good relationship between man and nature to bring and maintain joy and peace on Earth.</p> Ali Raza Fahad, Amani Sharif Copyright (c) 2022 Ali Raza Fahad, Amani Sharif http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/727 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Revealed Comparative Advantages in the Services Trade of Pakistan: What do they tell us? https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/806 <p style="text-align: justify;">The purpose of this study is to determine Pakistan's export competitiveness in the construction services sector on the global market. The competitiveness of Pakistan's service sector has been assessed using a variety of revealed comparative advantage indices from 2005-2020. The data have been collected from International Trade Center UNCOMTRADE statistics for exports of the services sector of Pakistan. The findings of the RCA, RSCA, Vollrath index, and InRCA indicate that Pakistan benefited from comparative advantage in the worldwide market for construction services from 2007 and 2016-2020, while Pakistan faced a comparative disadvantage in 2005-06 and 2008-15. Pakistan enjoyed a competitive advantage in the imports of the construction service sector by utilizing RMA index during 2006-2015 and in the year 2020, whereas Pakistan faced a competitive disadvantage in the imports in the other selected years. The RTA index portrays that Pakistan faced a net comparative advantage in the concerned sector in the years 2006-08, 2013-15, and 2020, while a net comparative disadvantage was observed in the remaining years. The trade balance index (TBI) highlights that Pakistan has become a net exporter in the services sector in the years 2007, 2014, 2015, and 2020, while Pakistan faced a net importer in the reaming years of the world economy. The present study recommended a method and strategy for addressing bottlenecks in the services sector's growth and for implementing a package of policy reforms to position the services sector as a critical sector for growth, employment, and poverty alleviation Information technology (IT) is ideally suited for cluster-based development in the services industry.</p> Rashid Naweed Rashid , Shahid Maqbool, Azka Shafiq, Maria Afzal Copyright (c) 2022 Rashid Naweed Rashid , Shahid Maqbool, Azka Shafiq, Maria Afzal http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/806 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 A Comparative Study of the Perceived Teaching Competencies at Different School Levels https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/822 <p style="text-align: justify;">Teaching competence refers to the knowledge, skills, attitude, and professional qualities needed to carry out a teacher's duties at the required level. This study's primary objective was to examine how teachers at different school levels were judged to be in terms of perceived teaching competencies. The researcher applied a quantitative survey approach in order to assess the competence of the teachers working in the public schools in the Multan district. A sample of 1009 teachers representing gender and school location was selected using a stratified sampling method. A questionnaire based on Passi and Lalitha's (1994) format was developed to obtain data. Both descriptive statistics (frequency, mean, and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (t-test and ANOVA) were used to analyze the data. The results demonstrated that gender had a significant impact on how competent teachers were evaluated to be. The results showed that teachers' perceived teaching competencies differed significantly depending on their teaching experience and teacher designation. Finally, this study's recommendations were presented for the enhancement and development of teachers’ performance</p> Farhat Nasim, Hakim Ali, Muhammad Latif Javed, Rabia Bahoo Copyright (c) 2022 Farhat Nasim, Hakim Ali, Muhammad Latif Javed, Rabia Bahoo http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/822 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Challenges of Deradicalization in Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/824 <p style="text-align: justify;">Deradicalization refers to a situation in which a person not only gets radicalized but also follows a route of rhetoric that leads to violent extremism. Deradicalization is the only disease emerging from the turmoil of terrorism. Pakistan is at a crossroads, where religious extremism is thriving every day and the scourge of terrorism is engulfing Pakistan. Deradicalization in the course of counter-terrorism is used as a soft approach without violating the basic ethics of human liberties. Radicalization, intolerance, sectarianism, Islamic militancy, and terrorism are not only spreading quickly over the globe, but they are also negatively impacting Pakistan's social security, religious peace, economics, good governance, democratic reform, and system of education. The study aimed to highlight the gaps and challenges faced by Pakistan during deradicalization.to identify its nature and extent methodological investigation at the local level is accomplished This is a quantitative study to investigate the challenges and strategies for deradicalization. To gather data primary and secondary sources were used. Pakistan needs to formulate its own, home-based strategies and paths to counter radicalization. Radicalization, administration, extremism, governance, Islamic insurgency, intolerance, violence, and identification are all addressed in this study. The key underlying causes of insurgency and radicalization have been identified, which will aid in the fight against Islamic militancy, radicalism, extremism, and intolerance in Pakistan. The study's findings and recommendations will be used to combat extremism and Islamic insurgency in Pakistan. This work will assist Think Tank experts, scholars, educators, and legislators, who will use the results and suggestions for broader objectives.</p> Munir Ahmad, Muhammad Javad Iqbal Khan , Zahra Shahid Copyright (c) 2022 Munir Ahmad, Muhammad Javad Iqbal Khan , Zahra Shahid http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/824 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 A Study of Historical Trauma and Survivance in Orange’s There There https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/772 <p style="text-align: justify; background: white;">For the past five hundred years, Native Americans have been subjected to bloodshed, violence, and dislocation at the hands of the Euro-American colonisers. The trauma experienced by Native Americans over the years has been passed on to succeeding generations, leading them to resort to drug abuse, violence, isolation, and suicide. They have resisted the onslaught of their culture and civilization by reclaiming their traditions and ceremonies. There There by Tommy Orange underscores the violent legacy of Euro-American colonization and the subsequent endeavours by Native Americans to defy absence and erasure and ensure their visibility and presence. Orange depicts the ways historical trauma impacts the lives of Native Americans and demonstrates various strategies of survivance they have adopted in the face of this trauma. The theoretical framework of the study is based on the theory of historical trauma by Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart and the theory of survivance by Gerald Vizenor. Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart defines historical trauma as the collective emotional wounding that spans generations and leads to anger, suicidal tendencies, and depression. Anishinaabe theorist Gerald Vizenor describes survivance as active survival in which modern-day Native Americans adapt to contemporary times while still adhering to their traditions and customs. The findings of the textual analysis of this research demonstrate Native American anguish and suffering as a result of centuries of colonization and their efforts to safeguard communal survival. The paper encapsulates the historical trauma experienced by modern-day Native Americans residing in urban locales and underscores their endeavors to preserve their culture despite obstacles.</p> Amani Sharif, Ghulam Murtaza Copyright (c) 2022 Amani Sharif, Ghulam Murtaza http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/772 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 US – China Priorities in the 21st Century https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/821 <p style="text-align: justify;">The paper evaluates the priorities of the US and China with regards to economic, geopolitical, military technology, and alliance formation. In the economic aspect, we will study China's BRI policy and USA's B3W counter project. The goal of both states in this regard is to dominate the international market. Both the countries are investing in Hyper Sonic technology to gain an upper hand in the Military expanse. The formation of alliances is another clever tactic in the name of establishing mutual security. China's relationship with the US arch-enemy Russia and the Chabahar Port and CPEC projects with Iran and Pakistan respectively appear to be an alarming situation for the US. To counter China's increasing advancement, the US formed QUAD and AUKUS with India, Japan, Australia, and the UK, along with the Reciprocal Access Agreement to limit the escalating approach of China. The blame game between the US and China regarding the COVID-19 pandemic also sparked many controversies. The increased threat perceptions and more crucial political elements between the two powers are dynamics of global hegemony. Analytical and Descriptive methods of research are applied in the paper.</p> Syed Nouman Shah, Gulshan Majeed, Farooq Arshad Copyright (c) 2022 Syed Nouman Shah, Gulshan Majeed, Farooq Arshad http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/821 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 From Culture Shock to Cross-cultural Adaptation: Narrative inquiry of a Kenyan student’s journey in Pakistan https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/777 <p>Travelling to a foreign country for higher education has its own challenges, as apart from dealing with academic stress, international students have to overcome various obstacles mainly because of linguistic and cultural differences between their native and the host country.The study explores a series of narratives shared by a Kenyan male student who had been in Karachi for the last five and a half years for earning a Pharm-D degree from a public sector university in Karachi. The aim of this qualitative narrative inquiry was to conduct an in-depth study of the challenges the Kenyan student faced during his five and a half years in Pakistan along with exploring how he succeeded in dealing with culture shock and adapting to the new academic, linguistic, and sociocultural environment in the host country.The data for this study were collected through a series of conversations with the participant collected in the form of stories, spanning over a period of 16 months. The collected data were analyzed through ‘a critical events approach’ based on highlighting critical events contained in the stories of experience. Although the findings of the study provide insights into the life experiences of only one international student, many international students, particularly the Kenyans can relate to it, as they pass through somewhat similar experiences during their academic journey in Pakistan. The findings of this study call for the need to facilitate international students irrespective of their race, religion, and nationality so that they do not feel marginalized in the host country.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Shumaila Ali Copyright (c) 2022 Shumaila Ali http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/777 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Exploring the Stability of Money Demand Function for GCC Countries https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/711 <p style="text-align: justify;">It is imperative to explore the stability of the money demand function (MDF) due to its effectiveness in the strength of monetary policy. This paper employs the ARDL approach to examine whether the M3 MDF is stable for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) consisting of six Arabian Gulf countries. The paper also uses CUSUMSQ and CUSUM tests for this purpose. Unit root test results indicate that variables have unit roots with varying degrees. The results reveal that M3 has a cointegration relation with inflation and real output, however, the interest rate is statistically insignificant for most countries across the period under study. However, the CUSUM and CUSUMSQ tests indicate that M3 MDF is unstable across all the GCC countries. It implies that the governments in GCC countries have to be very careful in implementing monetary policy to achieve stability and growth targets.</p> Muhammad J. Khawaja Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad J. Khawaja http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/711 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Stress Management and Subjective Well-Being of the Health Workers Dealing with Covid-19 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/744 <p>The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on family well-being. The impact will depend on how the family manages stress during an unstable situation such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The study aimed to analyze the effect of family and work characteristics, sources of stress, coping strategies, and stress symptoms on the subjective well-being of families. This study uses an online questionnaire as a data collection tool. Data collection was carried out in DKI Jakarta that involved 100 health workers (60 health professionals and 40 health support personnel). Processing and analyzing data use Microsoft Office Excel 2016, SPSS 25.0, and SmartPLS 3.3.2. Data analysis performed were descriptive, independent sample t-test, and SEM analysis. According to the results, health support workers are more likely to feel the source of problems due to change and work compared to professional health workers. The lower stressor and stress symptoms increase the family’s subjective well-being. Furthermore, stressor and stress symptoms are intermediate variable that affects subjective family well-being. The results of this study can be used as a consideration for intervention for related parties in the event of a new pandemic situation in the future.</p> Husniyah Almas, Euis Sunarti, Irni Rahmayani Johan Copyright (c) 2022 Husniyah Almas, Euis Sunarti, Irni Rahmayani Johan http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/744 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Stronger Bonds versus Weaker Perceptions: Job Opportunities to be Created by CPEC and the Pakistan Workforce's Potential to Benefit https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/536 <p>China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is an amalgam that addresses employability in Pakistan. The perception of creating millions of jobs in the next few years is vital for strengthening the relationship between China and Pakistan. This economic corridor aims to enhance job opportunities, which may increase the general public's education level and standard of living. This paper aims to estimate the perception of the employability impact of Bahawalpur's solar power project and Sahiwal's coal power plant within a radius of 15km2. This study measures the employability impact perceived by the workers through qualitative and descriptive procedures. The data is collected from employees of both the power plants. This study contributes to the existing literature, explains the negative and positive perceptions regarding CPEC projects, and is concluded in support of CPEC and suggests that uplifting to technical skills of the local labor force should be of utmost priority in such types of projects. The study also suggests developing a linkage between education institutes and industry to make the required skill set available to provide more abundant opportunities to the local employees.</p> Altaf Hussain, Ramsha Saleem, Muhammad Azhar Bhatti, Ruqayya Ibraheem Copyright (c) 2022 Altaf Hussain, Ramsha Saleem, Muhammad Azhar Bhatti, Ruqayya Ibraheem http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/536 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Nexus of Shadow Economy and Corruption Control: Evidence from Developing Country’s Sample https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/847 <p>The current literature shows the ambiguous relationship between corruption and shadow economy, specifically in the case of developing countries, because most of the earlier research system on judicial corruption was not incorporated while measuring different corruption indices. This study has used dynamic judicial indicators to observe corruption control as a latent variable to contribute to an advanced analysis of the nexus between shadow economy and corruption. It has employed an unbalanced panel data of 65 developing countries from 2000-2019 to investigate this relationship empirically. Confirmatory Factor Analysis and Multiple Indicator and Multiple Causes Models are used to estimate the magnitudes and signs of various dimensions and causes of corruption control, shadow economy, and their nexus. The results of this study suggest that robust judicial indicators and a more independent judicial system significantly reduce corruption and consequently shrink the shadow economy. Thus, it supports the maxim that the shadow economy and corruption, particularly those in developing countries, are complementary while empirically contradicting the notion that the shadow economy and corruption are substitutes. This study finds a substantial and positive connection between cash holdings and labor force participation rate with shadow economic activities and also predicted an inverse relationship between GDP per capita with the shadow economy.</p> Muhammad Farhan Riaz, Muhammad Azmat Hayat Copyright (c) 2022 Muhammad Farhan Riaz, Muhammad Azmat Hayat http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/847 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Revisiting Olaf Caroe’s The Pathans: A Critical Discourse Analysis Perspective https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/835 <p style="text-align: justify;">This article critically evaluates Olaf Caroe’s book “The Pathans” by using the framework of critical discourse analysis”. The book consists of a total of four hundred thirty-eight pages. The study explores how the author has wrongly ascribed the authorship of some passages to Khushhal Khan Khattak. Moreover, it also investigates how certain events of Pathan’s history have been misrepresented. The study is significant as it highlights loopholes in one of the most important books of Pathans history. The text which forms the data for the present study is the chunks selected from “The Pathans”. After evaluating the text, it is found that the author of the book, in some places, presents his weak appraisal of the events and expresses statements that do not conform to the ground realities. Lastly, after a careful analysis of the evidence, the study concludes that the author has insufficient knowledge of the historical events; particularly those concerning Khushhal Khan Khattak, which, ultimately resulted in misinterpretation of the historical facts. Hence the study recommends that there is a dire need to rectify some of the historical events from their true historical perspective.</p> Nasir Mehmood, Khurram Shahzad, Bilal Hussain Copyright (c) 2022 Nasir Mehmood, Khurram Shahzad, Bilal Hussain http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/835 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400 Exploration of Existential Issues: A Qualitative Study of Breast Cancer Women https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/851 <p>The existing phenomenological study explored the existential issues of Pakistani breast cancer women. Moderately interviews were conducted to obtain information, which were digitally recorded and transcribed. Purposive sampling technique was employed to obtain a sample. Ten breast cancer-diagnosed women were included in this research. The qualitative information was investigated using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Personal Cluster and Social Cluster evolved from the statements of existential issues by breast cancer women. The clusters were further sorted into the following categories: Existential Anxiety, Death Anxiety, Meaninglessness, Hopelessness, Loneliness, Body Image Discomfort, Guilt, Loss of autonomy, Lowered Self-Esteem, Pessimistic, Abashment, Peace of Mind, Dissatisfaction, Personal Loss of Control, Mobility Loss, Personal Responsibility, Loss of Personal Identity, Loss of Personal Relationships, Demoralization, Shame, Disappointment, Loss of Female Identity, Helplessness, Dependency, Loss Freedom of Choice, Powerlessness, Rejection, Social isolation, Burden to Others, Loss of Dignity, Integrity Loss, Loss of Outdoor Mobility, Social Responsibility, Loss of Social Identity, Loss of Group Identity, Loss of Family Identity, Loss of Professional Identity, Loss of Social Relationships, Futility, Alienation, Ignorance. The findings have significance for clinical psychologists, counselors, and therapists&nbsp;who work in primary and secondary health care settings.</p> Farah Kanwal, Samar Fahd, Allah Yar Malik Copyright (c) 2022 Farah Kanwal, Samar Fahd, Allah Yar Malik http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0 https://journals.internationalrasd.org/index.php/pjhss/article/view/851 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 00:00:00 -0400