Lahore : Institute for Peace and Secular Studies [IPSS] organised a gathering of writers, intellectuals and activists from Lahore on March 23, 2010 at Shadman market chowk to pay homage to Bhagat Singh.
I fail to understand how some of the country’s leading analysts can dub Afghanistan as being Pakistan’s backyard. Afghanistan is an independent state that boasts a great history. Seen in this context, how would Pakistanis feel if India tried to coin Pakistan as its backyard?
Since Pakistan’s foreign minister does not control a substantial part of Pakistan’s foreign policy — the part that concerns Afghanistan and India — Pakistan’s army chief, General Kayani is also visiting Washington for a Pak-US strategic dialogue.
It is highly probable that arrests of key Taliban leaders were meant to scuttle a deal being negotiated between Kabul and the insurgents without Pakistan’s involvement. Therefore, Pakistan has established the fact that no deal in Afghanistan can be negotiated without its involvement
Pakistan is going into a strategic dialogue with the US, believing that it has staged a policy coup against India with reference to Afghanistan. There are many versions of the coup, making it hard for commoners like us to believe which one is true. Furthermore, the question arises if Pakistan’s new or rehashed policy is based on emerging economic realities in Afghanistan or the old assumptions.
…During current PAK -USA STRATEGIC DIALOGUE, a lot of important development issues are going to be discussed and it is a healthy news that on the invitation from US Secretary of State yesterday two Sindhis attended the reception on the occasion of the U.S.- Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, they were Ali Nawaz Memon and Sarfraz Memon.
The entire Pakistani delegation was present there. They got the opportunity to handshake and say hello to Hillary Clinton and they got the chance to talk and lobby with some very important US senators and congressman.
They had special chance to meet Pakistan based US diplomats. Sarfraz Memon had a unique opportunity to spend some time of discussion one on one with US Ambassador Anne Peterson. He briefed her about the current socio-economic and political developments taking place in Sindh. He conveyed to her the concern of Sindhis about Kerry Lugar Bill Assistance and Sindh’s share and that may be Sindhi job applicants are disqualified at very early stage , and lower level of sorting of candidates for the embassy jobs.
Second item he brought to her attention that the visa policy of US towards our Sindhi visitors, students and artists.
There is still a great need to follow the dialogue and see what good is coming for Sindh in near future.
Courtesy: e-lists, March 24, 2010
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