The Political Epicenter

The political epicenter of the world is most definitely Islamabad at the moment. Is it me of does it all so feel so frighteningly resounding with what the situation was in the Cold War days. When the two greatest powers on the Earth were at odds, Uncle Sam vs the Big Bear. Captials and official buildings riddled with spies, agents and turncoats. People disappearing mysteriously, murders, terrorist activities, political havoc etc.

I recently read in a news paper that the Chinese President was coming to Islamabad. China is big, and they are an ally of Pakistan, or Islamabad so to say. Obviously they want to talk about something of regional importance, ummm, like trade through the Gwadar Port. As you can see in the link, Gwadar is like another Karachi… the door-way to the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean.

With Islamabad’s more progressively active approach to local trade, Russia wants in too. Which is so good for the nation, we need jobs for the hundreds of unemployed people lying around will to earn a buck or two. Germany and South Korea cant find reason to stay quite, and they too have plans to invest in Pakistan.

Not only is Pakistan’s importance increasing the world for its rational approach to various regional issues, like the Kashmir crisis, relations with India, War on Terror, etc. It is also becoming a bigger threat to people who think otherwise. And some of us dont have the patience to see someone do something for the greater good.

Law enforcement agencies need to more alert these days, for the fear of a terrorist attack. Intelligence agencies need to cooperate more to eliminate any threat, clandestine or appearant. All in all it feels like the Cold War has heated up in this region with Islamabad, our beloved city, in the middle of it all for all it’s potlical importance. As we see there are alot of conflicting and clashing interests vested in this region, and everyone is trying to get their thing done first. This is not Tom Clancy, this is reality.

7 Comments so far

  1. A for Apple (unregistered) on November 17th, 2006 @ 11:35 pm

    Islamabad Islamabad Islamabad … remember it’s the Capital :P

    Coool post … thanks God with so much political scenes going around .. here comes really nicely done roundup … hoping to see more :>

  2. Jaded (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 12:30 am

    Hey, well written post!:)

  3. Rick Shaw (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 6:59 am

    We see this post, agree with it, compliment it but even then we see criticism about Mr. Musharraf & his government. One has to be thankful to the current government and its educated and rational leaders for everything that is mentioned in this post & saving the nation from US & Taliban both.

  4. 1967 (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 11:02 am

    India’s effort to make a two-fold strategic partnership with the US and China has further increased Pakistan’s “already remarkable” geopolitical importance, says a new study by a US think-tank.

    Several foreign powers are interested in Pakistan as an outlet for energy resources in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

  5. Phil (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Add to that, Iran is interested in selling it’s Nuclear Power to other countries down east using Pakistan as a trasitional land. Like, to India and Bangladesh. Like the Gas Pipeline which hasn’t really gotten into works, this idea too could bring us alot of third party profits.

    More over, as Asim rightly said, Central Asian states are also looking towards the development of Gwadar as a potential, pro-West and semi Neutral port to export gas and gasoline products to the southern hemisphere. This is really great!

    Yes, we have to appreciate people and give credit where the credit is due. This resurgance in the economy and new more ‘sensible’ bills is what we are looking for, not social isolationism and dictatorial rule. Hats off to the policy makers, and their heads.


  6. Hassan (unregistered) on November 18th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    Its great to see all these developments happening in Pakistan. But another thing which could be done regarding the whole worldwide standing would be the promotion of tourism. Pakistan has so much potential but it hardly being tapped. Proper promotion, restoration of forts, temples, shrines and buddhist ruins would help in projecting a friendly image of Pakistan internationally.

  7. Phil (unregistered) on November 19th, 2006 @ 2:58 am

    Dear Hassan,

    the private sector can only do so much. The sad fact is that Pakistan does not have the proper corperate culture to support business activities in the country. We can argue on this alot, but like in one case, there is no catalogue or listing of hotel, resort, motel and tourist centeric businesses in Pakistan – official. Small things like this effect the consumer know-how and leaves them with very few, and very obvious choices. Like PC in Bhurban, or Marriot in Islamabad.

    I am so sure that there are so many relatively cheaper guest houses in Islamabad that have similar or decent accomodation with them, but get alot less business just because their name is not out there…! Similarly, there might be a thousand trekking and touring or safari services in the region only operating on ‘the word of mouth’ marketing.

    From time to time, the current government shows signs of taking into tasks that need attention, and they are doing so step by step. I really hope the tourism point you mentioned passes under their noses and this industry gets a much needed boost with all the positive (and the negative) importance.

    This dude knows alot… as him, and follow his posts.

    Adieu :)

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