May 5, 2009

Do we have democracy in Pakistan? —Rasul Bakhsh Rais

The development of democracy has been hampered by the troublesome legacies of the military regimes, including ethnic fragmentation, alienation of the smaller provinces, and concentration of wealth and privilege among the class co-opted by the dictators

People often put this question to us, at intellectual forums or social gatherings. And then, without waiting for comment, answer it themselves: no, we don’t have democracy!

Why do people think we don’t have democracy, when we have held elections, have representative governments at the centre and in the provinces, and Pervez Musharraf is no longer our president?Read More »Do we have democracy in Pakistan? —Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Pak nuke projects expanding’

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Pakistan continues to expand its nuclear facilities despite growing international concerns, US experts and former officials say. According to the Guardian, David Albright, previously a weapons inspector for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said commercial satellite photos show two plutonium-producing reactors nearing completion at Khushab. “In the current climate, with Pakistan’s leadership under duress from daily acts of violence by insurgent Taliban forces and organised political opposition, the security of any nuclear material produced in these reactors is in question,” Albright has said in a report issued by the independent Institute for Science and International Security in Washington. Albright warned of a potential nuclear arms race with India. Another threat to nuclear security, he said, arose from territorial advances by indigenous Taliban. Besides the Khushab reactors, the report alleges, the Gadwal uranium enrichment plant is a vulnerable sit considering a suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Kamra complex in December 2007.Read More »Pak nuke projects expanding’

THE SIN AND THE CRIME

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Our American friends have always been warning us in a complaining tone, “We are doing more and more, you are doing less and less; if you don’t do more, we shall start doing less”. But very strange is the fact that their words have never been harsh and ruthless. It seems they never intend to be really hard on us but they desire us to come up to their expectations. They know that a strong and stable Pakistan is in favour of the USA. In the past few years the increasing extremism has given birth to militancy in some of the tribal areas of Pakistan .this unpleasant situation has naturally generated some very serious type of fears in the hearts of the US policy makers. We are lucky enough that these fears could not mar the very close relationship between the two countries based on the hope of good days. However we should try to analyze the factors which are behind these fears and apprehensions.Read More »THE SIN AND THE CRIME

INTERVIEW WITH HONORABLE RODOLFO J. MARTIN-SARAVIA AMBASSADOR OF ARGENTINA IN PAKISTAN

Mehmood-Ul-Hassan Khan

President Cristina Fernánde

President Cristina Fernánde

1. What are the volumes of bilateral trade between the two countries

Pakistan is an attractive destination for foreign investors and Argentina investors are taking keen interest to invest in this country. In 2006-07, total trade between Pakistan and Argentina stood at US$ 106.398 million out of which Pakistan’s exports were US$ 42.07 million and imports from Argentina were US$ 64.328 million showing a trade balance in favor of Argentina of US$ 22.258 million. Things are moving in the right direction and we hope that with the passage of time and the help of institution like the different Chambers of Commerce of the main cities of Pakistan the bilateral trade volumes would increase in different fields and sectors.

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2. How the volumes of bilateral trade can be increased? Read More »INTERVIEW WITH HONORABLE RODOLFO J. MARTIN-SARAVIA AMBASSADOR OF ARGENTINA IN PAKISTAN