Category Archives: Politics

Non Resident Pakistani (NRP) Summit: July 5-6, 2008, NYC

FYI. Added from forwarded message

Summit Logo

Dear Sir/Madam:

 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: 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.  



Mahmood Shaukat

NRP Summit Chairman & CEO


 375 Fifth Ave. 3rd Floor New York, NY 10016 T 212 685 6243 F 212 685 6924 |


Been there

EnJoo Chung has been worried this week.   more …

Unequal in death

I had been musing on how tragedies are perceived and the unequal treatment they receive depending on their social and political contexts and happened to come across this article.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

 Within a day of the Virginia Tech massacre, the 32 victims were memorialized in detailed biographies, news stories, photos and “interactive features” on a range of Web sites.  more …

Broadcast on Pakistani Politics

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.
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. .cfm For this link, one would need to click on Monday after the program is aired.”

Laathi Charge!

Laathi Charge

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.

US Congressional Hearing on US Policy Toward Pakistan

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.

Global Trade in Higher Education

Countries continue to negotiate on a new global trade agreement as part of the functioning of the World Trade Organization. In addition to GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, talks are also taking place on GATS, the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

On aspect of GATS deals with the provision, and consumption, of higher education across borders. The US government is willing to make American higher education services more accessible to other countries. However negotiations could conceivably also result in educational institutions in other countries easily being able to offer services to US students. All in all, this should be a good thing – or so one would think. Alas, nothing is ever that simple.

Some American education associations are protesting the US move saying in essence that compliance with GATS rules could result in a difference in the treatment of public and private colleges in the US and also adversely affect the regulation of higher education institutions by states. In a letter to the US trade representative, Susan Schwab, the associations expressed concern that “a U.S. commitment in the higher education services sector could ultimately undermine all of our institutions’ time-honored autonomy with respect to important prerogatives, including the approval of credit transfers”. Even state officials are protesting; the governors of Maine and Iowa also wrote to the US Trade Representative expressing reservations about the impact of GATS rules on higher education in the US.

An educational association official quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education said “Some bureaucrat at the World Trade Organization could be making decisions that overturn the judgment of the U.S. Congress or state governments,”. Would you have expected to hear this kind of statement in connection with issues in higher education? Does it sound familiar?

Apparently the US Trade Representative has not yet formally replied to the educational associations’ letter but a spokesperson for her provided assurance that the US offer for trade in higher education services would not harm US education policies and services.

Meanwhile another group, the National Committee for International Trade in Education , is advocating the enhancing of global trade in education. Its efforts are supported by some educational institutions such as Jones International University, a for-profit institution that provides online education and serves non-US markets. Other US-based for-profit higher education institutions and testing companies seeking to expand into the international market also support the US proposal.

The tussle between the supporters and detractors of trade in higher education service is likely to continue for a while, and not just in the US. It is quite likely that groups in other countries will also get involved. I wonder if we will see public spectacles like the protests associated with GATT talks. I think I’ll continue to follow this topic so stay tuned for more reports.

(Some of the material in this post draws upon an article by Andrea Foster in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Volume 53, Issue 30, Page A29, March 30, 2007)