Saturday, April 10, 2010

Can Pakistan Get Its Act Together? - Asia Society, New York - April 13 from 12:00-2:00 PM

Can Pakistan Get Its Act Together? - Asia Society, New York, April 13 12:00-2:00 PM

Professor Hassan Abbas
Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow
Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor at Columbia University

In conversation with
Jamie Metzl
Vice President, Asia Society

Stability in Pakistan is vital to both Central and South Asia’s regional security and prosperity. It is also vital to achieving real success on the ground in Afghanistan and in the Overseas Contingency Operation—two of Washington's core aims in the region. Yet stability in Pakistan remains incredibly elusive, dogged by regional rivalries, political instability, military dominance in the policy making arena, and rising religious extremist trends. Please join us for this event, the first in the Pakistan 2020: A Vision for a Better Future and a Roadmap for Getting There public program series, as Professor Hassan Abbas examines Pakistan’s capacity to address the serious political, social, and economic challenges undermining Pakistan’s stability today.


ahraza said...

Over the past week Pakistan has read many different news items. From the passing of the 18th amendment to the bomb blast at the US Consulate, much is happening. Some may say the stories are for the betterment of our country while others may disagree. In my mind the successful visit of the Foreign Minister and his entourage to the United States gave Pakistan some much needed positive press. However, the current witch-hunt carried out by the Chief Justice and the ugly battle over the reopening of Zardari’s corruption cases has embarrassed many of those who fought for the independence of the judiciary. Now do not get me wrong, as much as I enjoyed protesting on the streets of Lahore for the reinstatement of the nation’s top judge, I can’t fathom Mr. Iftikhar’s current agenda of picking and choosing his enemies. When will we be able to see actual results from the “democratically” elected officials and the “independent” judiciary we as a nation have struggled to achieve for 62 years? When will stop pointing fingers and vilifying those whom we disagree with? Or have we gotten used to being stuck in this whirlpool of revengeful politics. Honestly, we Pakistanis have gotten sick and tired of the lies and broken promises.

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