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Journo says Pak embroiled in internal crisis after failing to cope with Cold War

Islamabad, Sat, 07 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 7(ANI): Noted Pakistan journalist Ahmed Rashid has reckoned that his ountry is embroiled in an internal crisis as both civilian and military institutions have failed to ope with the Cold War and its aftermath.

"I think there is an internal crisis that has really not been addressed and this is the failure of the akistani elite, both civil and military, to cope with the end of the Cold War and the onsequences of that," The Wall Street Journal quoted Rashid, as saying.

"The end of the Cold War presented a lot of benefits to many countries but it passed Pakistan y completely. The whole era of economic reforms, globalization, high-tech, new industries, egional trade and peace attempts, it just totally bypassed Pakistan. So we are suffering from a 0-year lag, basically, of a failure to address the problems and the advantages and the benefits hat the end of the Cold War produced," he added.

On being asked if the Arab Spring revolution could be replicated in Pakistan, he said:

"The fear in Pakistan is on the contrary. That if there was a mass movement like that, it would robably very quickly fall into the hands of the Islamic parties and the extremists. We should emember that in the Arab world, Islamic parties were crushed and driven underground for 30-0 years and they were partly responsible for the Arab Spring, in that for the first time, they saw he freedoms and reacted in a very modern way. They are talking about democracy and omen's rights and education and industry."

He said Pakistan youngsters are attracted by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e Insaaf (PTI) as hey are fed up of political status quo.

He added that PTI, however, is following pre-Cold War parameters on foreign policy.

But the problem with Imran is that his foreign policy parameters remain almost exactly the same. n other words, the pre-Cold War parameters. For example, he's not talking about ending ensions with India; he's not talking about ending interference in Afghanistan; he's not talking bout bringing in the extremists groups ? either reconciling with them or forcing them to give up he practices they are engaged in. He's not talking about the crisis in Baluchistan and the eparatist movement there," he added. (ANI)


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