20
May
09

On Air: What’s wrong with Pakistan?

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…..


49 Responses to “On Air: What’s wrong with Pakistan?”


  1. 1 Pragya Gurung
    May 20, 2009 at 07:37

    With constant pressure from superpower nations to tackle the terrorists activities in its soil, i think in the present context pakistan is not left with much choices …..its sad that its the innocent civilians who have to pay the price .

  2. May 20, 2009 at 11:16

    We can’t do enough for Pakistan, and rightly so. Security in the Iranian provinces of Sistan and Baluchistan depend on close military cooperation between Iran and Pakistan. The Peace Pipeline which will relays Iranian gas to Pakistan will soon go on stream. Iran makes regular financial grants to Pakistan.

  3. 3 Jim Newman
    May 20, 2009 at 12:04

    Hello again
    I’m sure there is nothing wrong with Pakistan that couldn’t be cured by non-meddling by the USA and Europe.
    Jim

  4. May 20, 2009 at 12:48

    Salaam Owen and our dear friends down there in Islamabad… My question to you guys is : Is the Iraqi model of the awakening or ”Al Sahwa” counsils applicable in Pakistan ?! If yes why and if no why ?! Much love and blessings to all of you guys from Baghdad… Yours forever, Lubna…

  5. 5 Sam
    May 20, 2009 at 12:52

    There is nothing wrong with Pakistan, its with the people who think they represent Pakistan. They do the “wrong” things, make the “wrong” decision…. At the right time. And when things go bust, they try to stand like heroz and pose “aaaa!!! V tried but sorry”

    The world of Pakistan was over the day Musharraf was forced to leave office, wrong decision at the right turning point time, many of us knew that it wouldn’t be long that Pakistan would probably be wiped out from the map of the world.
    The second mistake was when a maniac like Zardari was SELF IMPOSED as President, wrong decision at right time.
    Third was when that same maniac let Taliban take-over Swat, again a wrong decision at the right time!!! A time when he should hv just packed them and asked them to shut. He let them breathe and welcomed them home. What was he trying to prove???? As if hez giving them a chance….. OH SPARE ME THE DETAILZ!!! U give chance to personz u don’t know. Everyone knows what the talibaniz are. Then what was Zaradari trying to do. Not that I’m surprized on his actions coz only a sick head like him is capable to do so. He hasn’t done anything surprizing…. And da irony is, now he is complaining as well!!!
    Lolzzzzzzzz!!!! ROFL
    That’s a big laugh

  6. 6 Sam
    May 20, 2009 at 13:02

    And the depressing part is NOTHING is happening to the people who make the wrong decisions. Endless innocent soles are losing their life, homeless are losing the little space they had to survive. Depression is turning into disperity and vice versa. The poor are getting miserable and that’s all. That’s what’s wrong with Pakistan. That we make the wrong decision at the right time, bcoz the power locally is with illeterates who don’t even know how to sign their own passprts leave alone knowing how to make decisionz. And hence educated people are forced to be away for survival.

  7. May 20, 2009 at 13:20

    As long as Pakistan isn’t a full-fledged democracy where the popular vote resounds more than explosives, it will continue to be an unstable country. It’s a country where there are internal differences that makes it look continuously unstable despite the façade of democratic institutions.

    The seeds of the dangers it is facing are homegrown. There are the extremists ready to fight the military and to fool them through their spectacular attacks that spares neither top politicians as well as ordinary people. There are the major political parties which accuse each other of betrayal after agreeing to a common goal to win the elections. Nawaz Sharif allied his party Pakistan Muslim League with the party of Pakistan Peoples Party, only to find himself under house arrest because of leading a strong support for the free judiciary movement in Pakistan.

    For Pakistan to be on the right track, it needs to end nepotism, the level of corruption among the officials, for impoverished Pakistanis to benefits of international aids, Without transparent policies and democratic process, Pakistan will continue to live in its own vicious circle, that of elections followed by military coups and political protests followed by elections followed by another military coup and waves of political protests.

  8. 8 Peter SC
    May 20, 2009 at 14:22

    What world need now is a muslim superpower .

    • 9 Jim Newman
      May 20, 2009 at 16:23

      Hello again
      And hello Peter SC. I disagree completely. The last thing the world needs is any super power. Super powers cause nothing but misery. In my opinion the world needs a world governement agreed to and voted for by all the people of the world- no lobbies- no vetoes.
      Jim

  9. 10 Jonathan
    May 20, 2009 at 14:38

    I do not claim to be an expert on the crisis of Pakistan, though I am certain that it is indeed a painful crisis to those involved physically and emotionally. It does seem however, to me, that the west (and the farther west you go in the west) handles these matters in an immature dualistic fashion. How do we know that bombs and guns will solve this crisis when over a century of western powers using bombs and guns in these areas has had no small role in setting the scene in which such crises have arisen. What gives us in the west the moral high ground to accuse the Taliban of any wrong doing? That we stand for democracy and are somehow more civilized in our killing? Don’t get me wrong, I find the actions of Islamic extremism deeply immoral. I hate the explosion of all the things evil going on in the extreme Islamic world, I am just saying that we in the west provided the gasoline, the tnt, and the matches. I do not think that the problem in Pakistan is primarily poverty, poor education, or other things westerners find offensive. Many cultures in my own Christian tradition as well as, I hear in read, in a loving and kind tradition of Islam, have found happiness in poverty and misery in riches.

  10. 11 dinka Aliap Chawul-Kampala
    May 20, 2009 at 14:49

    Dear Owen.Your Numberone supporter in Uganda is very concerns about the appalling situations that our dear Pakistanese are going through.I dont really understand what brought Pakistan to such a conditions!! America? government of Pakistan or Talibans? i`m eager to know from ordinary Pakistanese what went wrong in their country.In the modern world there are many rebels/extremists groups that are disturbing their duely elected governments or so but no one is sending hughes military supports like what Pakistan is getting at the moment.I urges America government not to be more focus on internal issues of Pakistan, why? this one is setting a bad terms for democracy worldwide that is America`s top goal because if this doesnt stop democracy will one time becomes a targets for extremisms/radicalisms since it will be seen to be soft way that democratics states like UK,US,Canada etc will exploits the country`s politics therefore leading to national crisis that pakistani civilians are experiencing between pro- and anti-govt forces fighting over country control.

  11. May 20, 2009 at 14:53

    James From Kenya

    Pakistan’s downfall is the clash between modernity and militant islamic religion. these 2 are water and oil the only solution for the Pakistan government is to stop sleeping with a python and when you are half swallowed its when you are reacting. Militants have been making their home in Pakistan since the Mujahedin wall between Pakistan and Afghanistan ended and now the Pakistan hospitality allowed militancy to grow. We now see the consequence a country always on the brink of war. Kinda like Kenya allowing Mungiki to flourish and now we are getting beheaded.

  12. 13 Justin from Iowa
    May 20, 2009 at 14:57

    People rarely change because of bombs and guns. At best, they hide their true intents and feelings until the guns and bombs are gone, and then release their pent up and hidden feelings violently and without regard for others.

    Really, the answer to the question is the same answer for the India/Pakistan debate, the Iran/Everyone debate, the Israel/Palestine debate, etc etc. People will change when they are sick enough of bloodshed, poverty, misrule, and suffering. When the collective mass of a society finally decides its had enough, things will change.

    Until then, all the outside interference is a pointless waste of resources. Pakistan will rot, until its people get so sick of the stink they take up the power that is theirs by right and set a new path for their country. That won’t be an American Path, or a Western Path, it will be a Pakistani Path, as it should be.

    We just hope they decide not to try to kill us all in the process.

    • 14 Jonathan from Alabama
      May 20, 2009 at 15:47

      I agree wholeheartedly with Justin from Iowa. I am not so sure, however, that I would say that we ought to leave the rest of the world to rot while we enjoy the fresh fruit of the earth. I am merely saying that a rotten government receiving help from another rotten government does not solve anything– it only makes the smell worse (pardon the over use of the “Hamlet” motif) . I would much rather see charities go over there and solve the so-called education and poverty issues with new schools and good, humble, culturally assimilative educations, and the health issues with new hospitals. Maybe if the world saw love and service coming from western cultures then they might be more receptive of that help as well as more affected. As it is now, we are receiving a kind of Germanic opposition to an overpowering though pseudo-well-meaning Roman empire to our Roman-like empires.

      Jonathan

  13. 15 John in Salem
    May 20, 2009 at 15:03

    The problem with Pakistan is obvious when you refer to it by it’s full name, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
    It isn’t Islam per se – it could just as well be the Christian Republic or the Jewish Republic. Religion, despite it’s ability to do good, is inherently regressive, and as long as any secular government has to compete with a state religion there will always be an opportunity for another fundamentalist like Zia-ul-Haq to drag the country backwards.

  14. 16 Tom K in Mpls
    May 20, 2009 at 15:20

    It is clear to me that there is no strength, and plenty of misplaced trust, in the Pakistani government. They try to appease all Muslims, including the Taliban. When things go wrong, they blame non Muslims, India and the US.

    The really sad thing is they ignored the needs of the Muslim population to develop nuclear weapons to impress non Muslims. Then they trusted the Taliban and gave them the Swat valley. Now with an inadequate infrastructure and rampaging Taliban, the only hope they have is from non Muslims.

    What they need is leaders that are not lost in Muslim fantasies , but in touch with reality. It can be done. There are other successful Muslim states.

  15. 17 Wajid Khan
    May 20, 2009 at 16:31

    Please stop this propaganda war against Pakistan.

    I will ask to the U.S. and all the NATO forces in Afghanistan as What have they achieved in 7 years there?. The fact is that more than 50% of Afghanistan is under Taliban control. No one talks about that.

    It is from the Afghanistan where all these militants, weapons and money is coming into Pakistan. InshaAllah, we will defeat these forces. No one talks about that either.

    So, please, stop worrying / propaganda about Pakistan and deal with your own issues. InshaAllah, we will come out very strong from all this.

  16. 18 Anthony
    May 20, 2009 at 16:33

    I don’t mean this in a ignorant or mean way, but I can’t help to think that the Muslim extremist element is what tore this country down. I think if it were more Hindu like it’s neighbor, more accepting, that it would prosper much more. I hope that doesn’t sound ignorant, but does anyone else think that besides me?

    -Anthony, LA, CA

  17. 19 deryck/trinidad
    May 20, 2009 at 17:32

    Pakistan only became decidedly more dangerous when they agreed to be allies of the West in the fight against terrorism. That is what went wrong with Pakistan. The radical groups used the history of the West’s mistreatment of other countries patrticularly those of the muslim faith. Even though some of the foot soldiers might be ignorant and uneducated their is truth to the story that the West has abused muslims so any ideology that preaches hatred for the infidels and those that support them will spread like wildfire.

    • 20 Tom K in Mpls
      May 20, 2009 at 18:17

      deryck, not true at all. The Taliban forced Pakistan into the issue when they ran from Afghanistan to the much safer lands of Pakistan. All nations threatened by the Taliban will chase them wherever they go. Pakistan was foolish enough to believe they could trust the Taliban simply because they are Muslim also.

  18. 21 deryck/trinidad
    May 20, 2009 at 17:43

    Any people of any religion can and probably will act in the same way as these terrorists if 1. they perceive whether real or imagined that they are being unfairy targeted by another 2. they believe that their culture and religion are in danger of being terminated. 3. they believe that the ony way for survival is through violent means. 4. they justify to themselves that their act is an Act of God and they have no other alternative.

  19. 22 Vikram
    May 20, 2009 at 17:50

    Democracy never really took hold in Pakistan. The military heads kept the country obsessed with Kashmir so that the citizens never questioned their failings. Also the feudal system has to change the rich very rich and they have no incentive to share wealth/power with the rest. Afghanistan can only be fixed if Pakistan stops playing dirty and genuinely helps. The day Pakistanis take responsibility and stop blaming every one else for their misery, they will have taken the first step towards becoming a successful nation.

  20. 23 Justin from Iowa
    May 20, 2009 at 18:13

    And that’s the truth, Vikram. Its easy to blame other people and destroy, rather than accept some responsability and try to fix what you can fix. How about a Jihad against poverty? Guns don’t feed people.

  21. 24 brinda
    May 20, 2009 at 18:20

    Hi

    I have a question :

    Why are citizens of paksitan talking about Jihad ?

    Jihad means indipendence as far as i uncerstand. Indipendence from what ?

    I hear Jihad being used very often .Is my understanding right ?

    • 25 Tom K in Mpls
      May 20, 2009 at 20:10

      A Jihad is a ‘just fight’. Being just, it is normally emotional. It can be against anything. Poverty, pornography, disease and people with red hair are all fair targets. It does not require violence. The interpretations vary dramatically. Just as in the US we have Christianity. Most are vague and not devoted. Some true believers are just, fair, open and loving people. Others are intolerant, xenophobes that believe violent behavior is acceptable against anyone that doesn’t follow their narrow interpretations. Muslims of the world are the same.

  22. 26 Kishor
    May 20, 2009 at 18:29

    Do the Pakistanis think that they are getting truthful information in the news to understand what is going on? Do they primarily use local news? Do they need any tools to better understand the situation?
    Does the Samina or, medical student who feels Madrassas are not just jihad, know of any Madrassa in Islamabad that will say it is approved for a girl to study medicine?

  23. 27 brinda
    May 20, 2009 at 18:34

    Fathima is right .Its important that people of a country are hughly responsible for what is happening in their country.. A country is as good as its people.They need a revolution and weed out bad and incapable politicians and establish a stable government that does not buckle under presure from western countries or organisation or from religious extreemists.

    • 28 Tom K in Mpls
      May 20, 2009 at 20:15

      Revolution is a bad idea. Look at the history of the South American countries. The best possibility is for current leaders to ‘see the light’. The next best way is the legal and peaceful replacement of the leaders. All other options are very bad.

  24. 29 Katie Davidson
    May 20, 2009 at 18:45

    I am sorry to be rude, but to the gentleman speaking on the show that would like America to “stay in their own country”; would you also like us to take our aid money with us?
    I don’t necessarily agree with the US forces being in Pakistan, but you can’t just keep asking for money without America expecting some changes in the way things are run and accomplished in Pakistan

    Katie
    Nashville, TN USA

    • 30 Jim Newman
      May 21, 2009 at 02:30

      Hello again
      And hello Katie. What an exiting idea. Why not have all of the world outside of the US borders as a US free zone. Only those who promised to respect others and not attack anyone could enter this zone. As US aid is mostly in the form of armements it would be interresting to see what would happen if that stopped.
      When the USA gives money aid it usually has so many strings attached that it drives a country deeper into poverty so I can’t see much benefit in that either.
      As far as Pakistan is concerned I think the question implys a breathtaking arrogance. We should rather ask what’s wrong with us.
      Jim

  25. May 20, 2009 at 18:45

    Hi, I am Curtis Craig from Jamaica

    Pakistan could accept each and all views of what wrong. For all the views are actually valid. Now with good knowledge of the problems all should go about using these as the basis of the New Solutions for Pakistan and Afghanistan too. This requires all to have a higher inner and outlooks of everyone involved.

    We all can come up with truly loving suggestions and solutions at its base. The people of Pakistan could consider including all their people’s from home and abroad. While encouraging those on the fringe to come together.

    Thanks

  26. 32 Jerry from GA
    May 20, 2009 at 18:47

    The problem is that Pakistan is a clear nuclear power, unlike Iraq. The Taliban will push forward until they get their hands on WMDs.

    Some Pakistanis may like the idea of the Taliban getting their hands on a nuclear bomb, so they can blow India into the Indian Ocean, but the rest of the world and most intelligent Pakistanis dont want a nuclear war begun by the Taliban.

  27. 33 Phyllis , Naples Florida
    May 20, 2009 at 18:50

    My observation from many years of life in in Asia is that since its departure from India, Pakistan has never truly become a Nation in its true sense.
    There has been a disconnect between the different groups. Example : the ruling an priviliged classes have had very little knowledge of or interest in all the other groups.
    Many years ago I noticed a lot of my colleagues expending a lot of effort in proving that they are not ‘Indian’ and trying to out Saudi the Saudis at devoutness.

    I think that the non previliged were left in a vacuum that was filled by many ideas that could never contribute to to a cohesive nation.
    It is not correct to place blame at the foot at any one issue.
    Time for each Pakistani to be introspective. When they do that they could develop an idea of what is Pakistan and foreign powers will be displaced naturally

  28. 34 Nate, Portland OR
    May 20, 2009 at 18:55

    I’m getting a message of enormous hostility towards the America. I respect some of it, but I think if they want us to change there needs to be some understanding of the legitimate issues the USA has with Pakistan. The number one reason we’re there is that a major terrorist attack was planned and organized from within Taliban-run Afghanistan, which was very much a client of Pakistan’s ISI. There’s no reason to think that territory won’t be used for attacks again. If we leave now, how soon until the next attack in the USA sourced from Afganistan and/or Pakistan? I give it 3-5 years.

    The USA has NO interest in running or dominating Pakistan or Afghanistan. We once had an interest in defeating the Soviets. We now have an interest in not having our passenger planes hijacked by religious whack-jobs and flown into buildings. We only talk about Pakistan with regard to security because all we care about is that the fundamentalists you blithely tolerate in your territory don’t attack us. You guarantee that, and we’re out. But we will continue to buy your socks, if thats ok by you.

    • May 22, 2009 at 07:25

      Sorry, Nate. The US is not a benign country. It is poking its fingers in everyone’s affairs around the world. You forget that 15 out of 18 terrorists who were responsible for 9-11 came from Saudi Arabia, the so-called clsoe American Ally and business partners. Afghanistan has neither the resources nor a gripe against the US to launch attacks against it. Terrorists can train anywhere in the world and target their enemies in any part of the world. So, what is America doing in Afghanistan?

  29. 36 Chill
    May 20, 2009 at 18:55

    Location Location Location, that is what is wrong with Pakistan.

    I am right U are wrong Listen to me I will make you Better , that is what is wrong with all the countries involved.

    Mass Hysteria…not enough intellect and/or resources to know the truth behind issues, and playing blame games. That is what is wrong with all the people in the world.

    And what is wrond with Taliban/Terrorists? Don’t even ask…duh!

  30. 37 Philip
    May 20, 2009 at 18:58

    Regarding the discussion, no one has dealt with the fact that humans have been involved with religious wars for eons and, in fact, for all the preumed ‘progress’ that has occurred, we have really not evolved since our ancestors were swinging from trees.

    Religion — and I have nothing against any concept of a God(s) — should be private and respected but has mostly served to destroy humanity.

    It is time to separate ourselves from religion as the be all and end all and to designate it’s province as purely spiritual.

    Almost all of the wars we have fought have been based on religion. There is an inherent defect in any activity that foments so many wars. There is one basic law — humans should not kill one another.

  31. 38 Satya
    May 20, 2009 at 19:03

    I strongly believe that the continuous aid from West and Saudi or elsewhere to Pakistan has made them think bigger than what they are. Had they always have economy within themselves, they would have realized long time ago that they cannot afford conflict or competition with India and would have sustained with existing resources.

    Instead, they focused so much on several things that they could not maintain or simply cannot afford. For decades together the only agenda for their country is Kashmir conflict. Everyone knows how much of truth in there on what they officially declare, which is support on moral grounds. They were forced to give too much importance to its army and ISI for this reason and they are paying the price now. The best way to describe Pakistan after 60 years of its existence in global map now is “What is not India”.

  32. 39 ARTHUR NJUGUNA
    May 20, 2009 at 19:30

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH PAKISTAN

    The main root cause of Pakistani problem is the cold war where the so called tribes plaid a mercenary role for the west encouraged by Pakistani leaders who enjoyed the flow of funds that flowed in freely into the country. This move was aimed at preventing the Russians/USSR from moving southwards and out of Afghanistan during the futile 8 year war when Russian soldiers were defeated by the same Taliban.

    Taliban aside, Pakistan has never had a stable democracy because the normal cycle of its life moves from military to civilian and back to military. Right now it has a new civilian president who is in a hurry to build his image. He cannot do it because his decisions are being overruled by the US which dictates the course that he should take. Clearly One can recall that Zadari was openly overruled by US leaders recently in bid to extend an olive branch to the Taliban. Washington said no and the Taliban did not like it hence the current crisis. Why is he jetting and tossing in the west when his country is burning?

    In my opinion Pakistan is not currently fighting any threats from home; Taliban or no Taliban. The country is dealing with Afghan/American/911 problems which stem from President Obama’s strategy of moving American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to defeat terrorists — if you recall his campaign for the White House. Instead of sending the marines to Pakistan, his strategy I think is to send the marines to Afghanistan and to make use of Pakistani Army at home in order to avoid marine casualties. However, since it is clear now that this an isolationist strategy unlike the earlier one of Zadari’s unifying plan, there is a degree of likely-hood of failure of this plan. My reason for this is that, you cannot bomb an entire ethnic group out of this planet. Is there any real and creadible link between Taliban and terrorism? Is Sharia law really funny in an Islamic republic? We need to be convinced.

  33. 40 Waqar Mushtaq Toor
    May 20, 2009 at 19:30

    I believe that there are two basic reasons behind Pakistan’s current problems

    First is the Pakistan’s rulers and the ruling class as a whole, who have never thought about the interest of Pakistan. These are the ones who have been selling the interest of Pakistan for dollars and pounds and for their personal interests. They have also given chance to Taliban and other non-state actors to have their arms in their hands and destabilize Pakistan

    Second reason is the international forces who have got their vested interests associated in destabilizing Pakistan. The ruling class is certainly playing in the hands of international forces.

    As far as Taliban are concerned. We are reaping, what we sowed during the Afghan war

    Now My Question..

    Do we people in Pakistan seriously want to get rid of this ruling class who are the problem creators?

    • 41 Phyllis , Naples Florida
      May 20, 2009 at 19:57

      Hello Wagar, I am interested in your continuing your thought…..” get rid of the ruling class who are the problem creators?………………………………………..”

      Insight into my views could be seen on the blog. Phyllis

    • 42 Tom K in Mpls
      May 20, 2009 at 20:28

      Is there anything of sufficient worth, materially or geographically, for any of the ten most powerful nations of the world to care about? All I see is the Taliban.

  34. 43 ARTHUR NJUGUNA
    May 20, 2009 at 19:56

    The current crisis will be difficult to be solved through the current plan. What is likely to happen is making us recognize the ironies produced by recent conflicts coming from the Islamic world. American presidents and Pakistani leaders’ popularities and success are going to be judged and defined by the outcomes of these conflicts as if they share joint leadership. The paradox we have is, who is ruling Pakistan?
    Who are the true Pakistani patriots?

    Whoever will answer these questions will very likely be the person who will solve the country’s problems.

  35. 44 Tim Meehan
    May 20, 2009 at 20:22

    Pakistan has plenty of problems, I agree that the leaders are main problem and U.S. involvement hasn’t helped. But, I don’t think that the people of Pakistan can look at the U.S. and blame them for the entire countries problems, getting 12 billion dollars from the U.S. is a big deal and shouldn’t go unnoticed, just because the people didn’t see that money and the government squandered it away isn’t the US’s fault. Also, yes, drone bombings have tragically killed civilians but the “facts” that say that it’s killing more civilians that militants are unsound? How do we know it’s just not anti-American propaganda? Also, a man made a statement on the broadcast stating that Pakistan could come to blows with the United States if it wanted to? This is absurd. It’s like comparing a cat to a mouse. The people of Pakistan are a proud people with a rich culture and diverse background, but until they can humble themselves to each other and learn to get along there will never be peace in that country.

  36. 45 Roberto
    May 20, 2009 at 21:23

    RE ”” Where did Pakistan go wrong? “”

    ————— Pakistan the poster boy of a failed state.

    Mistake 1: Founded as an Islamic Republic………………FAIL.

    Mistake 2: People elect corrupt leaders…………………FAIL

    Mistake 4: Few natural resources and abysmal economic planning……………..FAIL

    Mistake 5: Pakistan thinking it’s a democracy when it’s really a disparate group of tribal fiefdoms………………..FAIL

    Last Mistake: Getting rid of the only Pakistani patriot strong enough to lead the people, Musharaf………………..FAIL

  37. May 20, 2009 at 22:41

    There is too much Taleban in the country. Get rid of the Taleban you get rid of the problem.

  38. 47 Omer
    May 21, 2009 at 07:16

    Well I would like to say that our Pakistani politician are doing right if they are absuing our money, exploiting their powers or what so ever its us the pakistani people who are electing them bringing them to the assemblies giving them the power to over-rule us, Its us pakistani people who are voting the same faces over and over by knowing that these are the same old corrupted personality who exploit us in past ……
    So there should be no excuse no blame game ………….
    President of pakistan Zardari is elected by the pakistani people… and if pakistani population says we didn’t select Zardari to be our president we just voted our local representative if they are supporting zardari what can we do……… so my address to our innocent pakistani brother and sister is that you’ve been casting our votes to the same people for more than 60 years so its us pakistani people need to change ourself not politician……..

  39. 48 Abdul from Australia
    May 21, 2009 at 07:33

    The problem is their is only 1 superpower nation. Spending over 700 Billion on its military, who can claim the US is not an empire. In the last couple of thousand years, empires one after another have arisen, gained power and influence by wars of conquest, and fallen by internal revolution or attack from without. Like the Ottoman, the British and every other empire that existed, the US is in the process of sowing the seeds of their own destruction. I wonder who will be next?????

  40. 49 Syed Hasan Turab
    May 22, 2009 at 19:41

    After down fall of USSR, cental asia & eastern European economies are open for the world, in this reshelfing process future of USA & Europen countries is in danger specially oil & Gas compnies.
    Since Pakistan is a front line state & best available Global corodor for central Asia & Eastern Europe is victom of Westrn Uggly politics, because of there Economic intrests.
    Any way this marshall nation will overcome the problem’s. As far as the steak holder’s are concerned they are defeatable with there master’s, no doubt UAE, Afghanistan & India are black sheeps in this regard.


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