FYI. Added from forwarded message
I’m pleased to invite you to attend the first world-wide Non Resident Pakistani (NRP) Summit – 2008. This is the leading event of its kind, bringing together the most successful NRPs to a single event. This summit will take place at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on July 5th and 6th, 2008.
We note that inspired Non Resident Indians have justly contributed approximately 50% towards the growth and progress of India. The Non Resident Chinese have contributed more than 75% to the growth of China. And Pakistan? No one really knows. Our summit will serve as a platform where all those interested in doing business with Pakistan and in enhancing its growth and progress will meet to identify such opportunities. The NRP SUMMIT – 2008 was established to develop the strategic insight to forge future growth and peaceful progress in Pakistan among NRPs and others interested in Pakistan’s growth. We believe that you can make a valuable contribution to the Summit and also gain useful benefits from your presence at the Summit. Please contact us at 1-212-685-6243 or visit our website to register on line: www.nrpsummit.org to have your name added to the growing roster of attendees.
In today’s world the importance of Pakistan is undeniable and without peace and progress in Pakistan, world safety is unattainable.
We look forward to your attendance at the NRP Summit – 2008.
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I usually don’t post material directly concerned with politics but this announcement refers to an upcoming radio and Internet broadcast and so more for that reason than anything else I decided to bring it to your attention. The announcement is from a note sent to a distribution list by Murtaza Solangi of the Urdu service of the Voice of America (VOA).
The broadcast will take place on Monday, April 23, 2007, at 1:00 pm (US) Eastern Standard Time, 10:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time, 1700 UTC.
From: Murtaza Solangi, VOA
“It is about the deal and no deal [between Pervez Musharraf and Benazir Bhutto] and its impact on the Pakistani people’s quest for democracy. Yes, I will have both Ayesha [Siddiqa] and [Hussain] Haqqani LIVE but, I also have short clips of Najam Sethi, Rashid Rehman (Editor The Post), Ahsan Iqbal (from Nawaz Sharif’s party) and PPP spokesperson as pointers to carry the debate. It is an hour long program. And yes, no commercials.
It will be broadcast LIVE on VOA’s Urdu web as well as the radio. In Pakistan it will be carried over medium wave on 972 KHz and 1539 KHz at 10:00 PM Pakistan and 1:00 PM eastern time.
Here is the link to listen LIVE. http://www.voanews.com/wm/live/live-urdu-a.asx
If somebody wants to listen to it after it is aired, one can access it in our archives. It will stay on our website for a week on the following link. http://www.voanews.com/urdu/radio/aapkidunyaa/roundtable .cfm For this link, one would need to click on Monday after the program is aired.”
Islamabad vs. Karachi
This picture is from a story in the Daily Times.
Some pictures of the Karachi rally against extremism can be see here. That is a pretty large crowd!
Thanks to the bloggers on Karachi Metroblog for clueing me in to these links.
A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives (US Congress) held a hearing on US policy toward Pakistan. The subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia chaired by Rep. Gary Ackerman (Democrat – New York) held this hearing on March 21, 2007. Appearing as some of the witnesses were Marvin Weinbaum (The Middle East Institute), Lisa Curtis (The Heritage Foundation), and Husain Haqqani (Boston University).
Statements by the chair and witnesses are available here:
Rep. Gary Ackerman, Marvin Weinbaum, Lisa Curtis, Husain Haqqani.
A webcast video of the hearing is available here.
The Pakistani American Leadership Center cordially invites you to attend
“A Discussion with Dr. Shamshad Akhtar and Dr. Salman Shah”
Monday, April 16 2007
SAIS Rome Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University
4:30pm – 7 :00pm
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar is the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, and is the first woman to serve in this position. Prior to her appointment to this position, she worked at the Asian Development Bank for 16 years, most recently as the Director General of the Southeast Asia Department. She also worked for 10 years as an Economist in the World bank’s Resident Mission in Pakistan. She has presented numerous papers on issues of monetary and fiscal policy, banking and capital market, international finance architecture, regulation and supervision, and corporate restructuring. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Palsley College of Technology in the U.K.
Dr. Akhtar will speak on “Pakistan’s Banking Sector Reforms: How Does It Compare with Its Neighbors in Asia?”
Dr. Salman Shah is the Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs. He brings experience in academia, and the public and private sectors. He has served as Chairman of the Privatization Commission, Advisor to SMEDA at its inception, and Advisor on Public Finance for the Government of Punjab. He has been on the Board of Governors of the State Bank of Pakistan, PIA, Foundation University and Bank of Punjab. He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Indiana University, and has taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), and the business schools at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.
Dr. Shah will speak on “Pakistan in South Asia: Prospects for Regional Economic Integration”
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Here is a terrific (hyper-linked) listing of universities and colleges in Pakistan.
I came upon this link from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) but the list is maintained by an open source database, General Education Online, that is sponsored by Simple End User Linux, a volunteer-based organization promoting the use of Linux in education and science.
Also, look at this comprehensive list of colleges and universities in the United States that is maintained at the University of Florida.
Canadian universities and colleges are listed here.
A couple of interesting reports on the business climate in Pakistan these days. (Thanks to PAL-C for providing information about and links to these reports).
First, despite the ruckus accompany the suspension of the Chief Justice in Pakistan, the financial services firm of JP Morgan has this to say about the investment climate in Pakistan and Musharraf’s position:
“• Investment climate impact: We believe that investors need not be apprehensive of the situation that has been created. President
Musharraf’s painstaking efforts to bring the country economically to where it is today are not likely to be eroded by this one step. It is, after all, an election year and we are likely to see a few ups and downs politically. We would still recommend that investors focus on Pakistan’s improving economic fundamentals.”
“Acceptance of SJC decision
President Musharraf has categorically stated that he will accept whatever decision the SJC takes. He has also stated that once the hearing of the CJ is over and the SJC gives its decision, he will publicly explain on national television the details of the entire incident.”
This is the link to the report provided by PAL-C.
Second, Pakistan’s country profile in a report from the World Bank on doing business in South Asia in 2007 gives it a reasonably good evaluation (2nd overall in South Asia and in the upper half of countries globally – figure at top of page 45).
The ease of doing business in various cities of Pakistan is ranked (ca April 2006, Table 2.7) as follows:
Again, this is the link to the report provided by PAL-C.
Note, both of the links provide partial reports, not full copies.