Expert says Pak needs to set aside its differences, work for national securityDecember 9th, 2008 - 4:48 pm ICT by ANI
Lahore, Dec.9 (ANI): The biggest challenge before Pakistan, which is in the grip of a series of crises, is that it must set aside its political differences and work for boosting national security and economic stability, says a professor of political science at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
According to Dr. Rasul Bakhsh Rais, the author of Recovering the Frontier State: War, Ethnicity and State in Afghanistan, said the magnitude and frequency of political, economic and security problems have been rising over the last two years, and have greatly weakened the Pakistani state and its institutions.
Even the departure of Pervez Musharraf and his widely discredited regime has not helped matters. The elected political leadership too has failed to resolve the many crises. True, they have only been in office for a few months, but they could at least take some measures to improve the situation, the Daily Times quotes Rais as saying.
He says that hey could start with evolving a broader policy consensus on the fundamental problems insurgency, the war on terror, relations with India, the judiciary and the 17th Amendment. That would have provided a solid foundation for the further consolidation of democracy and the resultant political cohesion could help address other troubling structural issues.
But the old-fashioned politics of intrigue continues. The national interest has been put on the backburner and the government appears too weak to act decisively on domestic and foreign policy matters, Rais adds.
The problems we are facing on the regional front, with Afghanistan and now with India after the Mumbai terror attacks, have roots in our society, he concludes. (ANI)
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