Two former Pak generals to set up US like think tanks

November 14th, 2007 - 2:03 am ICT by admin  
Karamat, who is known for his intellectualism, was Pakistan’s Ambassador to US till early last year, but called it a day for personal reasons.

He was Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) when Pakistan became nuclear power in 1998.

He resigned from the army following differences with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

During his stint in Washington, Karamat interacted extensively with several US think tanks and found that they carried considerable clout when it came to American policy formulations.

An impressed Karamat is reportedly convinced that independent think tank have a role to play in Pakistan.

General Ehsan-ul-Haq, who superannuated last week as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), too is actively planning to launch a think tank.

He was the Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG, ISI) before becoming CJCSC. He also served as the head of the Military Intelligence.

General Ehsan perhaps was one senior officer in the hierarchy who enjoyed extremely pleasant relations with leaders of all shades of opinion simultaneously, The News reported.

General Ehsan had been spearheading Pakistan’s missile and some other technological programmes by virtue of his office. The most sophisticated and long-range missiles, especially the cruise missiles were developed and successfully tested during his tenure.

He also laid the foundation for new systems for the defence of the country that would surface in a couple of years. (ANI)

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