Tag: Government of Pakistan

Pakistan Should Re-evaluate its Relationship with the US and NATO

In wake of the recent killing of Pakistani soldiers as a result of NATO bombing, Pakistani government has gone into a crisis mode and so has the Pakistani public: while the civilian government and the army have issues some powerful rhetorical statements, including the ultimatum to the US to vacate their base in Balochistan, the…

Killing of Pakistani Soldiers: A Mistake or a Message?

According to recent reports, 24 Pakistani soldiers were allegedly killed by NATO airstrikes along the Pak-Afghan border. The Pakistani government, in retaliation, has blocked the two NATO supply routes and has also asked the US to vacate the CIA (drone)base in Balochistan. This is a crucial moment for the so-called alliance between Pakistan and the…

Managing a Disaster in Pakistan

‘Disaster Management’ is only a part of ‘Managing a Disaster’. Foremost thing is to prevent disaster in the first place or to minimize its chances of occurrence to a level that probability of its happening becomes reasonably remote. Another important aspect is recovery from disaster, which covers post-disaster assessment of loss; recovering from it; reconstruction…

A Knowledge-led Government!

Peter F. Drucker holds that we are living in a post-capitalist society, which is essentially a ‘knowledge-based society’. He says that there is a shift in reliance from conventional factors of production i.e., land, labor and capital, to knowledge-led mechanisms of carrying economic activity. Which seems quite true considering the phenomenal success the creators of…

Petition: Fight to Save the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan

Provided below is an official report about the need and importance of Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan. Please read this document, if you like, and then add your statements of support in the comments below. Please provide your name, city, and your comment in the comment box. We will collate all statements of support and…

Ms. Asiya Nasir's Speech on Shahbaz Bhatti's Murder

On March 4, 2011 Ms. Asiya Nasir, a Christian member of the Pakistani National Assembly, made a passionate, courageous, and thought-provoking speech about Shahbaz Bhatti’s murder in particular and about the state of the minorities in Pakistan in general. It is imperative on the Pakistani government, the media, and the public to take note of…

US-Pakistan Relations: The Need for a Strategic Vision

As a former Pakistani military officer and as the editor of an academic journal on Pakistan, I often interact with Pakistanis from different walks of life. During my visit to Pakistan a few months ago, I had the privilege of engaging with ordinary Pakistanis, academics, and some very powerful old friends. Our conversations always centered…

Unknown Unknowns

Pakistan is a funny old place. The more convinced people here are that something is about to happen, the less likely that it will actually happen. Word on the street: Granting diplomatic immunity to the American consular employee we know only as Raymond Davis will make it really hard for Pakistan’s weak civilian government to convince…

So Much Aid, So Little Development, Samia Altaf

So Much Aid, So Little Development: Stories from Pakistan (Forthcoming Book) Woodrow Wilson Center Press Since 1950, Pakistan has received more than $58 billion in development assistance from donors and international agencies, yet has achieved little socioeconomic improvement. Samia Altaf, a public health specialist, explains why, telling an eye-opening tale of how development really works—or…