There seems to be sea change in US attitudes towards Islamabad. According to press releases, analyst reports, Islamabad’s demands, and positive signals from US officials, Pakistan will ask for Atomic energy, and the US Administration seems to be amenable to providing Civilian Nuclear Power plants to Pakistan.
Regional experts say Pakistan will be looking to Washington to recognize the threat it perceives from its eastern neighbor India, against whom it has fought and lost three wars. Pakistan is concerned that Indian economic and political involvement in Afghanistan could lead to unfriendly governments on both its eastern and western borders. Huffington Post. Pakistan to ask for more understanding at US talks. KATHY GANNON | March 19, 2010 10:43 AM EST |
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- US should do more: “We have already done too much … Pakistan has done its bit, we have delivered; now it’s your (the US) turn. Start delivering,” he said at a media briefing on the upcoming US-Pakistan strategic dialogue.Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
- Pakistani security concerns: “One is to implicitly accept Pakistan’s status as a declared nuclear weapons state and thereby counter conspiracy theories that the United States is secretly plotting to seize Pakistani nukes,” The Washington Post.
- Nuclear Power Plants for Pakistan: “We are beginning to have a discussion with the Pakistan government” on the country’s desire to tap nuclear energy. “We are going to have working level talks” Ambassador Patterson, the US envoy in Islamabad, Pakistan Link.
- Civilian Nuclear Energy for Pakistan: “We have a very broad and complex agenda in these talks, and this is the first strategic dialogue ever at this level, and the first of this administration. And we’re going to listen carefully to whatever the Pakistanis say.” Richard Holbrooke.
- Nuclear Deal: Civilian nuclear deal may be able to diminish Pakistani fears of US intentions while allowing Washington to leverage these gains for greater Pakistani cooperation on nuclear proliferation and terrorism”. C. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University.
- Growing Energy Demand: “Civilian nuclear technology will help Pakistan meet its growing energy demand… the [transfer of] drone technology will… [lead to] wider public acceptability [of strikes]“. President Zardari.
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Empty promises will not work anymore. The US has to expeditiously deliver ROZ, FTA, nuke plants and Drone technology. This has to be resolved expeditiously. US Pakistani strategic partnership?–Here is a list
WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s request for nuclear power plants may come up for discussion during the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, which begins in Washington on March 24.
The indications came from two senior US officials, ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Anne W. Patterson.
Ambassador Patterson, the US envoy in Islamabad, told a Los Angeles-based Pakistani newspaper: “We are beginning to have a discussion with the Pakistan government” on the country’s desire to tap nuclear energy. “We are going to have working level talks” on the issue in Washington this month.
She told the Pakistan Link newspaper that earlier America’s “non-proliferation concerns were quite severe” but attitudes in Washington were changing. “I think we are beginning to pass those and this is a scenario that we are going to explore,” she added.
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Mr Holbrooke, the US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, was less categorical but what he said at a briefing on Friday on the US-Pakistan strategic talks conveyed a similar message.
“While addressing Pakistan’s energy needs, are you considering helping them establish nuclear power plants to meet their energy needs?” he was asked.
A transcript released by the State Department on Saturday quoted Mr Holbrooke as saying: “We have a very broad and complex agenda in these talks, and this is the first strategic dialogue ever at this level, and the first of this administration. And we’re going to listen carefully to whatever the Pakistanis say.”
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The response marks the first time a US official did not reject the Pakistani request outright. On all previous occasions, US officials insisted that their agreement for supplying nuclear power plants to India was exclusive to New Delhi and could not be offered to another country.
The Washington Post reported earlier this month that the Obama administration was taking several steps to address Pakistani security concerns. “One is to implicitly accept Pakistan’s status as a declared nuclear weapons state and thereby counter conspiracy theories that the United States is secretly plotting to seize Pakistani nukes,” the report said.
Last month, a US scholar wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal backing Pakistan’s demand that the US should negotiate a nuclear deal with Pakistan, as it did with India.
“More so than conventional weapons or large sums of cash, a conditions-based civilian nuclear deal may be able to diminish Pakistani fears of US intentions while allowing Washington to leverage these gains for greater Pakistani cooperation on nuclear proliferation and terrorism,” wrote C. Christine Fair, an assistant professor at Georgetown University.
In her interview to the Link, Ambassador Patterson said the US was acutely conscious of the precarious energy situation in Pakistan, of people “sweating in 120 degree” without electricity, and would play its due role in raising installed generating capacity and making up for the present shortfall. US companies will be persuaded to invest in the power sector in Pakistan. N-plants to figure in talks, says Patterson By Anwar Iqbal ,Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010
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President Zardari has clearly informed the US Administration that if they want to reduce the trust deficit in Pakistan and reverse growing Anti-Americanism in the region–then President Obama has to accord Islamabad parity with Delhi and not hold back on critical technologies that Pakistan needs. The two areas identified are Nuclear and Drone Technology. Pakistan needs both of these in order to resolve the energy crisis and to deal with the terror groups that cross into Pakistan. Since the US is responsible for the spillover of the war into Pakistan, and because Pakistan has been a front line state, first against the USSR, and now against terror–it is Pakistan’s right to demand reparations for the losses incurred.
Pakistan urges the United States to match its words with action, amid Washington’s continued claims of alliance with Islamabad.
“My message to the US is that the time has come to walk the talk,” said Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, AFP reported.
“We need to build comfort on all sides,” he added, suggesting that the bilateral ties suffered from a confidence deficit.
“We expect the US to understand our concerns both in the realm of security and economic development.”
Under the guise of reinforcing the Pakistani security, the Pentagon, in cooperation with the US Central Intelligence Agency, have been launching missile attacks on the Pakistani soil.
Over the recent years, the assaults have reportedly killed hundreds of Pakistani civilians besides inflicting material damage.
The White House has, meanwhile, been insisting to control the way its financial aid to Islamabad is channeled.
In the recent times due to rendezvous between political forces and media, an ugliest picture about my country has been portrayed in front of the world, a picture that holds no color or I am not wrong to say “It’s all black just black”. I’m struggling to unveil the true picture that hold millions of colors, so bright and so shiny that can dazzle one’s eyes. If you are son of a soil, and you love your country as much as I do then you will help me fight against those who are painting your land as a black corner of this world. “Spread the truth as much as you can, fight for the right”
Pakistan meaning the “The land of pure” where each day the sun rises with a new hope, with an enduring majesty as the rays of light flushing down towards the snowcapped peaks of Himalaya’s and Nanga Parbat. A land where love finds a meaning in the heart warming hospitability of people, a land where history and ancient civilization mystifies one’s heart, a land where spiritualism unveils its mystery at the shrines of Sufi Saints. This is the land I belong to, this is the land I’ll die for and this is the land that defines my identity.
The Invincible 167 Million : 6th largest Nation of the World
The invincible 167 million Pakistani’s progressing forward with high hopes and a mission holding an unquenchable thirst to be the world leader’s soon. Despit the chaos, despite the ill spilled by the westeren media to demoralize the nation and to uproot the patriotism from the hearts and minds of people of this country, despite the foreign funded terrorists bombing hundreds of Pakistani’s each day painting the roads red with the blood of young children, women and men. Every drop of it shouts back loud ” You can never take us down, We’ll fight back till our last breath“. Reminding you this is the nation which has a 7th largest pool of scientists and Engineers in the World. and the country that is ranked 9th in the world where English language is spoken and used as an official language .
On May 28, 1998, Pakistan became the 7th nuclear power of the world giving a loud and clear message to the enemies that this nation is fully equipped and ready to defend it’s sovereignty. Pakistan has world 7th largest standing arm forces  well trained possessing state of the art technology. Pakistan Air force (PAF) is the symbol of pride for the nation and a galaxy of highly trained professionals emerged in latest technological developments. The highly skilled PAF personals are renowned for their excellence and handling of aircraft and surely are the worst fear for the enemies.
Air force :Air Commodore MM ALAM has a world record of shoting down 5 Indian planes in less than a Minute
Pakistan : The Roof Top of the World
Pakistan the land of grand mountain ranges, a land that holds 4 out of 14 most highest peaks in the world. K2 the second highest mountain in the world with all it’s grandeur symbolizing the pride and strength of the people of Pakistan.
Pakistan: K2 the 2nd highest mountain peak in the World
Hunza is said to be a place ” Where Time Stops and Fairy Treads“, Kalash and Chitral are the natural wonders of the world where poetic verses find their inspirations from the beauty and elegance of high peak mountains, lush green fields and the fragrant breeze singing across the poplar trees. Some of the places which are not highlighted by the media but still due to their magnitude find their places on the World record books are ; Aisa’s Highest Railway Station Kan Mehtarzai  that is located 2240 meters above sea level near Quetta.
Pakistan: Asia’s Highest Railway Station “Kan Mehtarzai “
What it would feel like to play a sport that is wild, challenging and manly at the top of the world surrounded by the drumbeats and the music of the reed instrument. Yes Shandur Polo tournament is played every year at World’s highest Polo ground at Shandur, Northern Pakistan.
Pakistan: Shundur Polo festival at the World’s highest Polo ground
Karakoram Highway : Eighth Wonder of the World
Karakoram Highway runs through the northern areas connecting Pakistan with China’s Xingjiang province is often described as ” Eighth Wonder of the World” due to the marvel of civil engineering as it has taken 15 years to complete by the Pakistan Army Engineers in collaboration with China. It’s been labeled as ” World’s highest paved international Road” under world’s toughest terrain
Pakistan: Karakoram Highway World’s highest paved international Road
World’s Largest Deep Sea Port : Gwader
“Gwa” means Air and “Dar” means door, and the word Gawadar means ” The door of the wind” is the world’s largest deep sea port lies in southwestern Pakistani province of Balochistan. The design and construction of the port is carried out in collaboration with China and it has just started it’s operation.It’s going to emerge as a world’s biggest skyline due to it’s capacity and infrastructure of handling bulk carriers. It has been declared as a Duty Free Port and Free Economic Zone by the Pakistani government that has increased the commercial worth manifolds. It has an immense geostrategic importance as it is the entrance to the Persian Gulf and is considered to be a substitute of Dubai Port.
Khewra Mines : Second Largest Salt Mine in the World
Khewra Salt Mine located in Khewra, Jehlum Punjab, Pakistan is the second largest Salt Mine in the world and is considered to be the oldest in the subcontinent. It was said that discovery of Salt mines were not done by Alexander or his army but by their horses as they started licking the stones when they stopped here for rest. Thousand of visitors each year visit Khewra Salt mines and get fascinated by the nature’s miracle in the heart of mountains.
Haleji Lake : Asia’s largest Bird Sanctuary
Pakistan is a land of serene beauty , a country with diverse wild life , fresh water lakes, a 1046 km coast lines. Some of the most unique species of birds are found in northern Pakistan with awe-inspiring natural wonders like Lake Saiful Maluk, Lake Shandur, Dudipatsar Lake, kutwal lake, Zalzal lake and many more. But Haleji has it’s own significance as it is Asia’s largest waterfowl reserve. During winter thousands of birds of different species fly down to Haleji from Siberian colder areas
Thar Desert : One amongst the largest deserts in the World
Thar is a arid region in the north western part of Indian subcontinent, it lies mostly in Indian state of Rajasthan but it covers eastern Sindh province and the southeastern portion of Pakistan’s Punjab province. It is amongst one of the largest deserts in the world rich multifaceted culture, heritage, traditions, folk tales, dances and music. The poetic expression of Kafi written by Sufi poets of Sindh resonates in the cold nights as the Thari musicians start singing them on sorrowing rhythmic beats. In the night the granules of the sand lit up like stars as the moonlight walks on them.
The land of oldest Civilization : Indus Valley and Mohenjo-Daro
Moenjodaro is the province of Sindh, Pakistan and archeology trace back it exitence 5000 years ago. It provides an earliest instance of exemplary form of town planning and community organization and found to be as one of the oldest cities known today. It is said to be the pilgrimage of ancient ruins. The splendor of Indus Valley civilization spread over a thousand mile from the high peak snowy mountains of Kashmir to the glittering sand dunes facing the Arabian Sea. One of the oldest known civilization that flourished in the Indus river Basin embraced within its fold almost the entire country now known as Pakistan.
This is just an effort to provide a glimpse of blazzing glory of the culture, heritage, beauty within my country. In the next part of Amazing Pakistan I will try to cover the traditions, the culture and the city life that defines a spirit of being a Pakistani. All the facts given above have been checked and can be verified
If All The Oil Reserves of Saudia Arab & Iran Put Together These Are Approximately 375 Billion Barrels, But A Single Thar Coal Reserve Of Sindh is about 850 Trillion Cubic Feet, Which is More Than Oil Reserves Of Saudia & Iran.
These reserves estimated at 850 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of gas, about 30 times higher than Pakistan ’s proven gas reserves of 28 TCF.
Dr Murtaza Mughal president of Pakistan Economy Watch in a statement said that these reserves of coal worth USD 25 trillion can not only cater the electricity requirements of the country for next 100 years but also save almost four billion dollars in staggering oil import bill.
Just 2% usage of Thar Coal Can Produce 20,000 Mega Watts of Electricity for next 40 Years, without any single Second of Load Shedding and if the whole reserves are utilized, then it could easily be imagined how much energy could be generated.
The coal power generation would cost Pakistan PKR 5.67 per unit while power generated by Independent Power Projects cost PKR 9.27. It Requires Just Initial 420 Billion Rupees Initial Investment, Whereas Pakistan Receives annually 1220 Billion from Tax Only.
Chinese and other companies had not only carried out surveys and feasibilities of this project but also offered 100 percent investment in last 7 to 8 years but the “Petroleum Gang” always discouraged them in a very systematic way.
But Petroleum lobby is very strong in Pakistan and they are against any other means of power generation except for the imported oil. This lobby is major beneficiary of the increasing oil bill that is estimated above 15 billion dollar this year. Even GOV. is planning to Sell all these reserve to a company on a very low price.
When Pervez Musharraf was president he gave green signal to embark upon the initiation of work on exploiting energy potential of these coal reserves of Thar under a modern strategy.
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Pakistan’s major export is the Textile industry. The origins of the cotton in South Asia can be traced back to the American Civil war when supplies from the Southern slave Confederate states of America were disrupted. The Industral revolution had actualy started in Manchester which used cheap cotton grown by slaves in the American colonies. After the disruption of cotton supplies from Amerca, the British were looking for other areas to grow the crop for thir factories. The Punjab was scouted as a region, and cotton seeds were introduced.
According to Pak Kissan 85% of the Cotton in Pakistan is grwon in the Punjab, and 15% is grown in Sindh, mostly along the Indus river. The Cotton in planted in the summer months of June and July and harvested in the Fall and winter months of october, November and December. Cotton became a mainstay of agriculture in the Punjab (East and West). In 1947, Paksitan had one dilapidated Cotton Mill. This was the only factory in the country. There were no other factories in Paksitan in 1947. Lord Radcliffs boundary Commission ensured that all means of produciton would fall across the Radcliff line.
From meagre beginings, the Paksitani Textile industry has grown into a major power on the international scene. During the last decade exports surpassed all previous records. The Textile industry has fallen into a hole in the past two years. The Textile enterpreneurs are deligent, and very innovative. They produce the best shirts and liene in the world. The Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZ) and easier access to the EU will help them grow.
Pakistan’s textile industry is a major contributor to the national economy in terms of exports and employment. Pakistan holds the distinction of being the world’s 4th largest producer of cotton as well as being the 3rd largest consumer of the same. In the period July 2007 – June 2008, textile exports were US$ 10.62 Billion and accounted for 55% of the total exports…Pakistan has 13% of the market share South Asian Investor
The Textile industy has spent some money on investment but it needs to do more.
The Textile Industry in Pakistan Invested US$6.4 Billion During the Period 1999-2007. See the Outlook for Its Textile and Clothing Exports Today….2006-07 (July-June) was the best year for Pakistan’s textile and clothing industry when the industry managed to export US$ 10.8 billion with the support
of friendly government policies, international propitious environment, and lower
The shift in government policies, increases in input costs, and the global
recession have changed the scenario for textile exports from Pakistan. Now the
textile industry in the country is passing through a very critical period with
number of closures and shutdowns. Reutres
The $25 Billion target is not only achievable, if the international community supports it, Pakistan can exceed those targets.
ISLAMABAD – First-ever textile policy with the export target of $25 billion for next three years would be announced in the second or third week of the ongoing month (August), sources told TheNation on Thursday.
The textile policy has been designed to enhance the exports of textile sector to $25b in next three years. The policy would focus on enhancing domestic capabilities for use of resources through skills development, technology up-gradation and provision of infrastructure facilities sources added.
In the upcoming policy, steps would be taken to promote new investment, diversification of exports mix; to encourage the establishment of domestic and international brand; rationalization of tariff the sources informed.
The textile sector, which contributes 54pc to total exports and accounts for 42pc of total labour force, is trying to come out of serious national and int’l challenges. Export of textile sector dropped from $10.6b to $9.6b in 2008-9 due to high rate of interest energy crises, and poor law and order situation in the country.
Sources further informed that in order to address the issues of export-oriented industry of the country, government would announce textile fund, which would be a part of Rs 40 billion export investment support fund that was proposed in the federal budget 2009-10.
In the export support fund, 65 to 70 per cent would be spent on the textile and clothing industry with a view to move the sector towards consolidation, sources said, adding that textile fund would provide capital to the industrialists and businessmen for overcoming the scarcity of financial resources.
According to sources, the spinning and weaving sector would get its share from the Export Investment Support Fund, worth Rs. 40b allocated in the Federal Budget 2009-10. The Nation
The new Textile policy addresses some of the issues faced by the textile industry.
While Pakistan clearly needs to diversify and increase higher-value-added exports such as sophisticated machinery and high technology products and services, it is essential for it to maintain and enhance the current export levels of textiles, leather and other products for which there is an established export market. The export-oriented industries should get preferential treatment in getting access to necessary inputs of raw materials, financing and energy by government policies. Energy and communications infrastructure, in particular, need much greater focus to enable Pakistani exporters to continue to earn the much-needed hard currency. South Asian Investor
The Government is pretty optimistic about the projected growth.
Suleman Ghani, federal secretary, ministry of commerce, when contacted, sounded confident. ‘I find targets realistic. We have suggested solutions for three most frequently mentioned problems perceived to be impacting on trade. They are: energy deficit, high cost of credit and alarming security situation leading to shyness of trade partners to strike deals with Pakistani suppliers because of high risk factors,’ he said.
‘For energy we have introduced the concept of compulsory contractual agreement between industrial clusters and energy distribution companies to ensure uninterrupted supply of power. To rationalise the cost of credit and make it predictable, a new concept of hedge fund has been incorporated in the policy to cushion the shock of sudden change in credit cost over a specified period. To minimise risk of trade in the current environment, the government has introduced insurance cover for overseas trade partners,’ the commerce secretary told Dawn over telephone from Islamabad. Dawn
There are many dtractors who say the government has not addressed the issues of tarrifs, power shortages, competition from Chinese and other imports and the problem of high interest rates.
Most businessmen contacted for their comments, however, did not share the government’s optimism over the policy.
They termed the trade policy a non-starter from the word ‘go,’ as it fails to address problems threatening the very survival of the narrow industrial base. What, they said, disturbed them most, was the government’s attitude towards issues stifling the growth of the manufacturing sector.
The economic policy, they felt, was not focused on economic revival. It was oriented towards generation of resources from both internal and external sources. Further, the monies so raised at a huge cost to the economy, they feared, might not be put to productive use. In short, the wary private sector sees the economic environment not congenial for business activity.
Some pro-government experts defended the policy. ‘Give credit where it is due. The policy has been well received by the business community. Only textile lobby is unhappy but the government has indicated that it would announce textile policy shortly. I find pursuance of liberalisation policy highly encouraging,’ says an economist.
It is true that many countries who preached non-interference in the market, doled out hefty rescue packages as soon as their own industry came under pressure because of global financial crisis. The protectionism was the next logical direction that rich free trade champion nations might turn to.
Like many other developing countries, Pakistan has put up with a heavy price for opening up its markets at an early stage. But its industry has now sort of adjusted to liberal tariff environment. Besides, liberalisation did introduce more competition and forced locals to focus on modernisation in management and processes.
People benefited from increasing depth in local consumer market. Today, the range of variety in consumer items has increased to a level, where households from lowest to upper most income groups, have choice within their own budgets. The competition has also brought prices down in certain categories of goods and services.
These must be factors that helped in warding off temptation to revert to protective tariff regime in the current trade policy.
‘Who says the world is fair? US announced a bailout package of over $700 billion for economic revival. Pakistan, a country paying through its nose, because of follies of others, has been driven to wall by the IMF for subsidising power to make it affordable for its teeming millions,’ said a businessman from Punjab critical of the government for not extending enough support to industry.
‘Pakistan seems to be heading towards deeper economic crisis which may lead it to a widespread social unrest and culminate in a political crisis. The prospects of improving the productive capacity in the short-run look dismal. The trade policy looks irrelevant under the circumstances,’ said another leading industrial tycoon.
‘Everyone seems looking inwards. We still opt to focus outwards amidst shrinking global demand and the very challenging trade environment. Would it not be better to focus on domestic trade with incentive for potential sectors to achieve economies of scales? Why not suggest ways to perk up local demand to the benefit of local industry?’ asked a business leader with interest in diversified fields.
‘Why there is no mention of the Afghan transit trade in the policy that has developed into a major bane for the local trade and industry? A cursory look at the profile of goods imported under the scheme indicates massive abuse of the facility. It is seriously hurting interests of local industry and legal trade,’ Chaudhry Mohammad Saeed, an ex-president Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry commented. Sultan Chawla, the current FCCI head was not available as he was visiting Tajikistan with an official delegation.
For sustainable development and achieving millennium development goals the government needs to be vigilant and discreet utilising all available options to expand economic activity by restoring confidence of the industrial community.
Courtesy: Dawn – RupeeNews