Joseph wrote:Richard Holbrooke, U.S. Diplomat, Dead at 69
CRamS wrote:Rangudu wrote:RIP. Holbrooke was an influential figure, despite his abrasiveness.
I agree, sad to see him go. As much as I hated his "Cashmere and AfPak are related" BS, he was brilliant and could be persuaded through reason and logic, unlike many cold war slime balls.
abhishek_sharma wrote:ISI man on Delhi ‘suicide op’ is martyr on Pak Army’s website
sum wrote:abhishek_sharma wrote:ISI man on Delhi ‘suicide op’ is martyr on Pak Army’s website
Picked up from BR?
Germany’s Angela Merkel has joined England’s David Cameron and France’s Nicolas Sarkozy – and all three in dutiful compliance with the wishes of the US – to berate Pakistan on that account. They all feel pained at what happened in Mumbai, though they are neither bothered about the leads that show Hindu terrorist hand behind the incident, nor the atrocities that the Indians are perpetrating on the beleaguered Kashmiris who have lost over 80,000 of their kith and kin in the struggle for their legitimate rights. The role of the mastermind that they along with the US had played in bringing into being the terrorist menace stands whitewashed by the blitzkrieg of propaganda. To Ms Merkel, the treatment of minorities in Germany, particularly the second largest, the Turkish, does not appear to be of much concern. Nor the country’s past when gangs like Baader-Meinhof were playing havoc has any place in her reckoning. But the game of putting the blame on Pakistan is motivated by considerations other than the reality on the ground. For one thing, her remark shows, unmistakably, Germany’s readiness to go along with the policies that Washington chalks out to further its plans of global dominance. With the US dominating the world and providing cover for the exploitation of resource-rich, but underdeveloped nations, the allied imperialist thinking powers feel their concerns are well looked after.
For another, the expanding Chinese influence is giving them sleepless nights. India, which for well over half a century sided with the Soviet Union while the US was arraigned against it, quickly shifted its loyalties and joined the Western camp overnight, has been selected to be pampered to take on Beijing should the Western interests are affected. Our leadership should, therefore, not be misled by verbal overtures of US friendship and seriously think of devising an alternative course of action. It should know that Pakistan’s future rests with China.
abhishek_sharma wrote:India links Siachen demilitarisation to progress on Mumbai attacks
Is this another fake PakLeaks? Or something else?
If only he had made the right recommendation about AfPak such as caprpet bombing of North Waziristan etc, he would be still alive. Dealing with the Paki duplicity took its toll on him.
Hopefully the person who replaces him, does the right thing.
Now, let us take a quick look at where the Pakistan IT industry stands. According to P@sha President Jehan Ara, the Pakistani IT industry’s total size is around $ 2 billion, out of which half accounts for exports. There are 1,100 IT companies and 90,000 professionals employed by them. Humayun Bashir, head of IBM, and Salman pointed out that Pakistan is way ahead in IT infrastructure; compared to many other regional countries it has parallel optic fibre links with the world and the advantage of having a low average per hour rate of $ 4. Talking about the security perception, both physical and data protection, Humayun said that there are companies that go through the data protection audit regularly by international clients. And, as far as personal security is concerned, he explained that the perception is bad internationally, otherwise the ground situation is different. “Last year 140 foreign visitors of the multinational corporations (MNCs) who are members of the Overseas Chamber came to Pakistan and not a single untoward incident happened,” he highlighted.
So where can the IT industries of both countries collaborate to begin with? As Rahul Mohod said, “Let us do the doable first or, as Amin Hashwani, who moderated the meeting is fond of saying, let us get the low-hanging fruits first.” The following good initiatives emerged from the meeting, which can give the Pakistan-India IT industry opportunities to move ahead: global delivery platforms can be established where Pakistani partners take on financial risk and provide for infrastructure, while the Indian IT companies can provide intellectual capital, training and client relationship; Pakistan needs to build its human resource pool and upgrade its existing universities’ IT education. In this regard, India can share its best practices and assist in curriculum development; India is spending something like $ 9 billion on e-government. Pakistan also has some achievements on the ground such as the National Data Registration system, which has provided computerised identity cards to almost 90 percent of the population. This gives both an opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences and best practices. Pick up three or four universities and help them in developing an outsourcing curriculum.
As Holbrooke was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, family members said: "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."
Ambar wrote:I fail to fathom what drives the likes of a low level IT chap like Rahul Mohod to billionaire CEO like Anand Mahindra to these Paki organized forums? What are they trying to achieve ? Why not a investment forum on NE states or central states? And our spineless government lets these jokers get away with all this! From AMD to Siemens and Nokia have invited the ire and wrath of western governments for dealing with Iran, but not in SDRE land..no matter how often we are blown to smithereens by Paki piglets, our WKKs from all walks of life are only too happy to do 'gup-shup' with their Paki brothers.
CRamS wrote:I tried calling into NPR talk of the nation but couldn't get through. The guests were Bob Woodward & Ted Koppel. Ted Koppel repeatedly asked the question as to why there is no aggressive focus on TSP when its obvious they are the villians in the plot, but got no good answers.
Rajdeep wrote:Richard Holbrooke Dead: Diplomat Dies At 69
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/13/richard-holbrooke-dead-dies_n_796235.htmlAs Holbrooke was sedated for surgery, his final words were to his Pakistani surgeon, family members said: "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan."
abhishek_sharma wrote:Pak owning 'suicide bomber' makes its intentions clear: Army Chief
CRamS wrote:But belive me, I watched him a lot during the Balkan saga, and the guy is simply brilliant. Lets give him his due.
I used to debate within myself if the Americans were chankian personified or were dumb as far as Pakistan went. I could never come to a conclusion. I am sure this question has dogged several minds here as well. However, I am now convinced that the Americans have absolutely no clue at all.
Kritavarman wrote:Jerry:: source?
jerry wrote:Kritavarman wrote:Jerry:: source?
sorry no source but that's the buzz
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