An insurgency, a government military offensive that has displaced 2 million people, inflation at 25 percent and rising insecurity in every city and village. Where did Pakistan go wrong?Today’s front page of The Dawn newspaper in Pakistan focusses on what it call’s America’s role in Pakistan’s downfall, but is that just a scapegoat? Do Pakistanis need to own up to their own failures and start trying to right the wrongs of the past themselves?
President Zadari urges the international community to help Pakistan deal with the extremists. Do you want your country’s government to provide aid and resources? Or are you concerned as Susie Madrak discusses on her post, that any cash and military assistance may be used to build up Pakistan’s nuclear weapons?
The UN says the civilian exodus from the North-Western Pakistan is the worst since the Rwandan genocide. Countries are pledging money to help – is the government doing enough to protect its internally displaced civilians?
And in the worsening economic climate will Pakistan lose out? As countries feel the squeeze will money for aid and development be the first to go and as companies try to protect current business can they afford to invest in an unstable country?
Today the BBC’s Pakistan expert Owen Bennett-Jones will be live in Islamabad asking Pakistanis why their country is in such a difficult state, and how it can get out of it.
Our audience in Islamabad – including people who support the Taliban – are ready to take your questions and hear your views…..