Is Pakistan like Israel or North Korea?

Published: June 6, 2010

The writer is author of Military Inc. and a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University, US (ayesha.siddiqa@tribune.com.pk)

Pakistan has a love-hate relationship with Israel. While we abhor Tel Aviv, secretly powerful Pakistanis happily claim similarities between the two states starting with the fact that both Israel and Pakistan were created on the basis of a religious identity.  For those who compare a sense of similarity probably makes them feel important and elevated. After all, Islamabad would like to feel as important as America’s best buddy. Some might argue that such comparison itself is a sign of neo-colonial mentality of Pakistani rulers.

But really, there are some queer similarities between the two states. The comparison, however, is more in the strain of a ‘slip of tongue’ because the similarities between the two countries are of a different nature. For instance, both have evolved into national-religious security states mired in a deep sense of insecurity which they cannot get rid of primarily due to the national narrative being frozen in history. Furthermore, the security establishments and governments of Israel and Pakistan are fixated on a military solution to the problem which has undermined alternatives to conflict resolution and influenced the personality of the state and its society as well. In short, due to problems of birth and history, both countries have evolved as highly insecure states where the politically liberal elements seem to be on the back foot. In fact, there is little chance of the liberal elements to regain strength in both Israel and Pakistan. The religious-national discourse in both places has now taken a life of its own and so it almost eliminates the possibility of the development of a more normal worldview. Smaller ethnic groups then get ostracised and brutalised due to absence of their share in formulating the discourse. The national narrative or discourse, it must be pointed out, is not about a set of slogans or some political manifesto, but it is a nation’s DNA. What a nation stands for, what are its values and who has ownership of the state are determined by the design of the narrative.

Another similarity pertains to the options which possession of nuclear weapons provides state functionaries in negotiating with its own population as well as the world outside. Besides security, nuclear weapons were developed to give the respective states greater leverage in terms of their security. A concern both countries share is what if the US abandons them. In that case, nuclear weapons provide a major psychological relief and a political opportunity.

Of course, the similarity ends here. One of the major disparities between the two countries is the health of state institutions. Tel Aviv could boost of sustaining its civilian institutions and allowing parallel institutions to grow. The Israeli state has huge problems but it seems to provide relative better services to those considered its citizens.

It could be possible, as some might suggest, that given the collapse of institutions or the emergence of military as the sole institution, Pakistan resembles North Korea rather than Israel. No one is suggesting that their situations are not different but it is about the personality of the state — a cowboy and a child at the same time. The ruling establishment in Pyongyang holds its weapons, including the nuclear arsenal, close to its heart and refuses to accept alternative means of national development. In fact, one of the other possible similarities between the two states is that their leadership considers nuclear weapons vital for negotiating resources from the international community. Since the world is afraid of North Korea and Pakistan doing anything untoward or collapsing, or imagines that some unsavory elements might take over its military capacity, resources continue to roll in. Most interestingly, the leadership banks on its ability to blackmail the international community. One has sat through television programs listening to official spokespersons pontificating about how the world can just not ignore to not help Pakistan. Helping the country, incidentally always means, giving money in return for not threatening the world.

The saddest part of being North Korea like is that at the end of the day the state dedicates itself to keeping the war machine well-oiled. At best, the ruling elite tends to keep one or two institutions alive at the cost of overall institutional decay. Therefore, whats happening to the Baloch or the Ahmadis might not just be an accident, but a consequence of what our national narrative expects us to be.

Perhaps its time to see where we are going?

Published in the Express Tribune, June 6th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (32)

  • Jun 6, 2010 - 1:02AM

    Excellent piece. But I disagree with you towards the end of the article. the very last paragraph where you said “whats happening to the Baloch or the Ahmadis might not just be an accident, but a consequence of what our national narrative expects us to be.” How can just one attack on Ahmadis can leave all other terrorism incidents under thick fog. I mean if there’s an attack on Muslim’s mosques, the west treat it as just another incident in Pakistan but if its and attack on minorities, we take it differently. Terrorists have no religion. When a non-Muslim in Cumbria England go on and kill a dozen and injure dozens of innocent people, the World try to connect it with some psychological problems he was going through. But when Major Nadal Hassan shoot his fellow officers in the US, they try to find his links with AL-Qaeda… we need to end this double standard and treat terrorism and terrorists without religion or boundaries. Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2010 - 1:24AM

    Yes well, for a long time we have been proud to claim that Pakistani economic planners contributed to the planning of the economic miracle known as South Korea. As we have failed to implement our own policies, we can now look to compete with its Northern neighbour. All we need is an opportunistic, eccentric, unpredictable leader who believes that world revolves around him. Oh wait we already have one sitting in the Presidency! Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2010 - 1:32AM

    “While we abhor Tel Aviv, secretly powerful Pakistanis happily claim similarities between the two states starting with the fact that both Israel and Pakistan were created on the basis of a religious identity.”—That may be (though the number of people claiming this similarity is probably miniscule) but let’s be clear on one thing—Pakistan did not base its claim to the land it stands on as part of some Koranic injunction. Israel’s claim to the land it stands on is based on the Old Testament. Pakistan did not grab someone else’s land out of a religious claim and then terrorize the original inhabitants out of their homes (it’s called the naqba). The dynamics of Partition were entirely different. So with due respect, I think it is like comparing apples to oranges.Recommend

  • zubair
    Jun 6, 2010 - 3:15AM

    I have been reading analysis like this all my life. Things have only worsoned meanwhile, which has made me thin whrther there is any use of rwriting and reading such articles except for making a living for the writers. Ayesha has righly pointed out that there is little chance of the liberal elements to regain strength in Pakistan. L keep wondering why we are wasting our effort and time.Recommend

  • Tarique
    Jun 6, 2010 - 4:58AM

    Pakistan leadership has nothing to bargain with th world except this atomic
    bomb.It is bit surprising that how the status of atomic country has worsened already belated situation of Pakistan.We use this status to get attention (and also the aid) of foreign countries.We feel proud of being the sole Islamic atomic nation.
    Israel and Pakistan have the sole similarity and that is somewhat religious
    based state foundation.Recommend

  • Assad Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 5:46AM

    Im sorry Mr Edroos but we got rid of our eccentric president. this one is a democratically elected head of state who has taken on terrorism unlike our last dictator. He has many faults but he is far from a loose canon. Recommend

  • Ahsan Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 9:48AM

    Now, Israel and Pakistan are different. Period. Jews and Muslims cannot be alike first of all. Nothing against any of the religions by the way… Secondly, Pakistan was made in the name of Islam not by snatching another independent nation’s land but by convincing all parties involved, struggling to put the word out; Islam and Hinduism are do not go hand in hand. They have nothing in common. Slaughtering one’s God and calling it a religious sacrifice (cow) is just one example… Now Israel on the other hand, came, saw and illegally penetrated. Now I would not say this if Israel chose to live in harmony or if not, chose to table talk a piece of land with Palestinians and draw international borders with a world or an Arab consensus for that matter… but no, it chose to remain a militarily inclined, stubborn, termite-like nation which started off with little pieces of land and turned an entire country into what it was 60 years ago.Recommend

  • Dr.Fazlur Rahman
    Jun 6, 2010 - 10:58AM

    I agree with the analysis of Ayesha, however, she has not highlighted the role of international partners in all the three cases, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea.
    Taking the case of Pakistan, one cannot negate the role of USA in exploiting the strategic location of Pakistan, using it as launching pad against USSR and now against Iran and China.
    Baghdad Pact, SEATO and CENTO are the examples in Past, Afghan Jehad against USSR and now against Taliban show that USA in itself is promoting militarization in the region. USA has its own interpretation of Peace and Democracy. She has promoted Ayub, Zia and Musharraf. Puppets like Asif Zardari and his version of Democracy is the needs of USA.
    Regarding Public participation in national affairs, one may not ignore their pre occupation in maintaining their basic livelihood. It seems that Public is deliberately made engaged in a nefarious circle of basic needs. It has no time to ponder upon issues pertaining to national and international scenario. Recommend

  • Mohammad Afzal Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 11:52AM

    Wow that is 100 % realityRecommend

  • Aryan Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 12:13PM

    I do agree with the writer for what similarities she has found between Pakistan and Israel. bot of the states were formed on the homeland of others. like Pakistan was formed on the land of Pashtoon, Baloch, Sindh and Saraiki, while Israel was formed on the land of Palestine.
    both the states have the same founder as they were formed by Britishers.
    in early 70s, Brig.Zia-ul-Haq and his Pakistani army team ( later on became the President of Pakistan) fought against the Palestinian in favor of Israel and he killed hundreds of innocent people. Recommend

  • Aryan Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 12:17PM

    and one thing more that Pakistan was created to legitimize the creation of Israel which was created on the name of Religion.
    and an other similarity is that both the states have created on the name of religion and they both have disturbed in the peace of the world. Recommend

  • Said
    Jun 6, 2010 - 12:18PM

    I would rather disagree with Ahsan Khan’s comments. If muslims and hindus don’t go along then why did they go along when Afghan rulers rule them, why did they go along with the Arabs ruled them or the moghuls. So basically when we (muslims) ruled them we could go along but what happened in the 19th century or in fact in the 20th century that’s when the puppet Jinah started the two nation theory.

    And why is Pakistan threatened by Israel? Pakistan has relation whatsoever with Israel. Israel has a conflict with the Arab nations, not with Iran, not with Pakistan.

    And i don’t understand why do Pakistanis blame the zionist every time something happens inside Pakistan. Recommend

  • Aryan Khan
    Jun 6, 2010 - 12:29PM

    one thing ore the writer has mentioned the baloch issue to be the worst in Pakistan however, she has been forgetting =that a single tribe of Pashtoon for instance Yousafzai or kakar is larger in number to the entire baloch nation. so he whole PAshtoonkhawa Watan from Chatral to Bolan and from Ammo to Abbaseen is burning, Pakistan has created Taliban, TAbleeghi and some otehr forces to destroy not only our mother land but our history, culture, music, politics, economy and even every thing. i would call it a war between PAshtoon Afghans and Pakistan. so please please do write some thing on the issue of PAshtoon either in Pakistan or in Afghanistan who are the victim of Pakistani establishment.Recommend

  • Shahid Husain
    Jun 6, 2010 - 1:41PM

    Long ago in 1987 I was working with Thirdworld International. We were having an editorial meeting to discuss the title of the forthcoming cover story. I suggested that we should show a small boat going deep in the sea with the words: Pakistan at 40 Journey towards the Unknown. It was accepted by the editorial team and the issue was printed. I think the idea still holds true. We simply don’t know where is Pakistan going. Recommend

  • Hafiz Muhammad Umar
    Jun 6, 2010 - 4:28PM

    Both Israel and Pakistan, particularly at present, resemble the so-called civilized religious bigotry. The emerging middle classes are not ready to pay adoration to the rival groups. Their propensity, to impose self assembled creeds on others, is leading them towards a deep puritanical pound. Whereby, the only brutal conflict resolution approach is legitimate.
    The respected doctor has counted many glooming similarities between both the religious ideological states. I, hereby, consider another significant similarity. The highly conservative cleric attitude in their preaching. The traditional religious scholars demand blindly following by their listeners. They discourage the religious criticism. They accentuate the theory of tolerance and patience, but in practice, having zero level possession. Indeed, tolerance is one of the essential divine commands in both the religions. As a result, the seeds of fundamentalism are cropping up in great speed.

    However, the implications differ to each other. In Israel, its direction is entirely towards the people belonging to other religion, Muslims. While, in Pakistan this humiliating poison is moving horizontally. All the sects, belonging to same religion, have hostile tendency towards each other and call infidel to their divine brothers. The society is further fragmenting into novel factions by every passing day. It is the need of hour to introduce the moderate and research oriented reforms in the religious educational cadre of our beloved motherland. Recommend

  • Imran Mohammad
    Jun 6, 2010 - 5:38PM

    I have not read more pessimistic view of Pakistan than this piece. Ms. Ayesha, please explain how Pakistan is similar to North Korea with:

    Free & independent press & media
    A democratic government & a functioning parliament ( with a lot of drawbacks, I agree)
    Free, assertive and independent Judiciary.
    A rising educated middle class

    Do you see all of these things in North Korea? I have read your other articles and have been an admirer of your thought-provoking articles but this one is a bit disappointing. It is important to focus on “glass half full” as well sometime. Pakistan may have all the conceivable flaws, problems and may be facing dire circumstances but being more pessimistic will certainly not help.Recommend

  • Jun 6, 2010 - 5:55PM

    The comparison between the creation of Israel and Pakistan doesn’t make any sense. Pakistan is a mix of many different races that was created on the basis of one religion, Islam. Israel, on the other hand, was created for the Jewish race, many of whom follow Judaism, but not necessarily all. Off course, then there are the whole dynamics of the creation itself.
    The comparison to North Korea seems more appropriate. However, the sad part is that the North Koreans are ignorant because they don’t have access to the outside world while we choose to close our eyes to it.Recommend

  • faraz
    Jun 6, 2010 - 6:28PM

    West Pakistan refused to accept the democratic mandate of Awami League just as Israel rejects Hamas. Pakistani elite denied the rights to Balochs and people of small provinces. Pakistan army wanted strategic depth in Afghanistan and pitted one ethnicity against another; our imperial attitude towards Afghans isn’t different from Israel’s contempt for Palestinians. Minorities are heavily persecuted; the Shias in Kurram Agency live quite like the Palestinians of Gaza. Our govt uses Quranic injunctions to justify its acts. Creation of Pakistan and Israel are result of British colonialism. Our comparison with Israel is quite logical.Recommend

  • Mourti
    Jun 6, 2010 - 6:55PM

    @Ahmed-
    Judaism is not a race, but a religion. SO the comparison is totally valid. Jews are jews by religion, not by race, they may be european or arab by race. Recommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Jun 6, 2010 - 8:17PM

    We need to go beyond and see what were the reasons that Pakistan and Israel came into existence on the basis of religion?

    Muslims could not live India and made a separate state and similarly Jews also did not want to live with Muslims of Palestine and therefore created Israel.

    The unfortunate part is Pakistan being a Muslim country and since ever it has achieved nuclear power is maligned time and gain by the Non-Muslim countries comparing to Israel which is backed by all Non-Muslim nations.

    Though Israel became nuclear (unofficially) much before Pakistan was officially declared as a nuclear state, but despite all odds Pakistan is still surviving, not on the basis of being a fundamentalist, fanatic or religious country, but being a country who want to have cordial relations with every one including India.

    Clash of religiosity is a clash of civilizations, as every country and nation on the world map has its own God.

    Pakistan in the world is treated as a country of a lesser God therefore we are facing the music of Non-Muslim states.

    Jews are smart enough in taking charge of ruling the world by having a direct involvement in world’s economic affairs, whereas Muslims proved to be ineffective in having cordial relations within Muslim States and could not control the economy due to internal differences due to selfish attitude.

    Israel is backed not only by Non-Muslims States in the world but also directly or indirectly by some Muslim States as well.

    The question arises: if Pakistan today accept Israel and open its embassy in Islamabad, will the Non-Muslim Nations change their attitude with Pakistan? The reason behind the whole scenario is that all Non-Muslims States protect each others interest, whereas Muslims States are divided and look towards the West, instead of strengthening within.

    When Iraq invaded Kuwait, it was US which came to rescue Kuwait, whereas Muslims States could not resolve the differences between Iraq and Kuwait.

    Religion is matter of individual faith and believes. Though Israel came into existence on the basis of religion, but Israel has less projection internationally being a religious state, comparing to the Muslim State Pakistan.

    We need to put our own house in order to face the multiple challenges within and of foreign forces.Recommend

  • Malik Rashid
    Jun 6, 2010 - 8:46PM

    I wanted to write on the comparison between Pakistan and Israel after the Lahore massacre of Ahmadis and the Israeli raid on Peace flotilla the next day. However, I could not do justice to this topic like the author has done with such brevity. The rise of Isalmists after the downfall of Military dictatorship in Somalia makes for another valuable comparison. Peace.Recommend

  • Spinkane
    Jun 6, 2010 - 9:06PM

    Israel existence, as a state has not been accepted by many
    ,including Pakistan.While threat to Pakistan’s survival, has been created by design, by certain institutions.All wars,except one,with India were initiated by us,1947,1948,1965 and Kargil.OUR engineered literacy rate is 49%,population growth is 2.2%.In human development we are compared to Ghana,Togo and Eritrea.Public Expenditure on health is 0.4%of the GDP.60% live on less than 2$ a day.We have a bomb but no electricity,clean water,industries adequate education and health facilities.We go for Tableegh to the whole world ,but do not allow any other religion to preach here.We use every thing manufactured by the West and abuse them day and night.We earn dollars and pounds in their countries,donate some of these to terrorists to destroy the very same countries.We celebrate once a non Muslim is converted,but chop off the head of any Muslim who makes any choice about religion.So we can not be compared to Israel or N Korea.Pakistan is a unique country,only one of its kind.It would have been different if three states were created in 1947.one for Muslims,one for Hindus and the third for fanatics from both religions.Imagine Bhall Thakray,Zahid Hamid,RSS,TTP,JI,BJP,Hamid mir,Javed ch,FAZAL UR REHMAN etc etc living in one country?Recommend

  • Anshuman
    Jun 6, 2010 - 10:55PM

    Neither comparison is entirely accurate.

    Although the religious prejudice, state-sanctioned anti-minority rhetoric and other ills in Pakistan have a direct parallel in Israel, it is important to note, that Israel is not a feudal society. It is largely run by middle-class technocrats (by middle-class, I mean culturally, not necessarily financially :-)). Pakistan is owned by the feudal, bureaucratic and military elite. I read somewhere that even today, 50% of cultivable land in Pakistan is owned by a few hundred families.

    Similarly, the comparison with North Korea is not appropriate either.
    The state does use the “demonify thy neighbour” trick in its school textbooks and media to secure the allegiance of its citizens to the “national security state”, but Pakistan is still not a closed society. There is a vibrant media — granted it largely serves the agenda of the military (e.g. Hamid Mir), but parts of it show occasional traces of rationality. There is a significant number of folks with liberal ideas who do not want a theocratic state, and who truly believe in secularism (I know the s-word is evil in Pakistan :-)). I have interacted with several such people myself.

    So I think even though Pakistan shares some features of both Israel and North Korea, it is in a much better position to shed those features, and to emerge as a modern, liberal state. I believe this is more likely to happen than a collapse into chaos like North Korea.Recommend

  • Masood Hassan Raja
    Jun 7, 2010 - 7:45AM

    There are no similarities between Pakistan and Israel.Israel was created on stolen land. It is based on colonialism.Whereas the people of Pakistan are not settlers or outsiders.They are native people of this land.Unlik Israel Pakistan has no expensionist designs against its neighborrs.Moreover Israeli voters vote for right wing religious parties to bring them in power Pakistani people never did that.All major political parties in Pakistan (PPP, PML(N) MQM and ANP are secular parties. In adition Israel is America’s top priority and Pakistan has been America’s most secentioned friend. Israel has nuclearized Middle East and India has nuclearized South Asia.Both are neo colonial powers of their region. Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2010 - 12:13PM

    Agreeing and disagreeing to some points of the article and to some of readers’ comments, I would simply like to add that every sensible, rational and open-minded person knows it very well that Jews have risen from the grave like Dracula.

    Whether the notorious ‘The Protocol of the Elders of the Zion’ was a real document or a piece of fiction as some quarters have tried to prove it so, the whole world cannot deny the truth that the Jews of today have successfully accomplished some tasks assigned to them by their elders like ‘to rule the world by manipulating the economy, controlling the media, and fostering religious conflict’.

    Keeping their achievements in mind, would it not be appropriate if I suggest that countries like Pakistan should openly collaborate with highly professional and skilled Jews to straighten out our topsyturvy economy?

    I know many fingers of stern reaction would be pointing at me, but someone please verify it if we are already not doing it through economic slavery to IMF and World Bank? The only difference is we have no free say in the affairs.

    What I am suggesting is that we should enter into partnership with Israel, not with the U.S., to explore our natural resources and create an atmosphere to promote local and international business.

    At least we all know that it is Israel that pulls the strings behind the screen of international theatre. Should anyone have any aspersions about it, please visit http://www.rense.com and http://www.threeworldwars.com/.

    So, why to mortgage our national ego with proxy manipulators instead of the master manipulators who have got better education, experience, skills and abilities?

    By the way my name is Saalik Siddikki and I am not a Mosad’s agent :)Recommend

  • Jun 7, 2010 - 4:16PM

    @Mourti Judaism is strongly linked to the Jewish nation, the “Children of Israel”. Though you can convert to a Jew, you won’t have the same lineage that the majority claim to have. If it was only a religion, they could have easily escaped persecution the last 2 millennia by claiming to be pagan/Christian/Muslim for a while. In any case, the comparison with Pakistan isn’t a good one.Recommend

  • Umair Malik
    Jun 8, 2010 - 12:20AM

    Saalik Siddiki
    The head of Mossad has recently told the Israeli parliement, Kennesset that israel has now become a liability to the US. Turkey is rising rapidly and Tayib Erdogan already told Israel not to kill. Israel is going down in the drain, deception and lie is their way. And you state we must look to them. They are blind and they will fall down, how can someone who is blind show us the way.
    Pakistan is a great country with great people. We will fix everything ourselves and will not have any diplomatic relations with Israel until it kills unarmed defenseless people. Jews and Israel are both a myth, Muslims can compete with them in every walk of life.

    BTW My Name is Umair Malik and I am not an ISI agent. Recommend

  • Ammar
    Jun 8, 2010 - 5:29PM

    @ Aysha Saddiqa & Aysha Ijaz Khan,
    It is true that Pakistan came into being in the name of Islam but I want you to recall the address of Quaid-e-Azam to the first constituent assembly and then after his sad demise, the introduction of Objective Resolution in 1949, as provisional constitution, and then making that objective resolution the preamble of 1973 Constitution by Zia Ul Haq. It will be an endless debate if we want to because no argument can be out rightly dismissed. With all due respect :)Recommend

  • Nick Nafsack
    Jun 9, 2010 - 12:26PM

    Pakistan is an Islamic country, torn away from India by the force of Islamic ideology. Islamic ideology is, at its root, intolerant.

    As we see in the world today, the vast majority of Islamic adherents cannot exist alongside those who do not accept the position of dhimmitude. That is, unless Islam is the dominant force, it will not simply live in peace.

    In every place around the Earth where Islam gains significant numbers, violence becomes the means of extending Islamic domination in the host society. The goal is to transform individual societies, and eventually the entire world, bringing Sharia law to the forefront.

    Nothing can be done about this situation except to listen to what the majority of Muslims are saying and watching what they do. They will continue waging war against all who do not accept Islam. We must accept this fact and stop pretending that there can be a happy outcome.

    Please note: I am aware of the fact that there exists a minority of Muslims who do not wish to engage in violent jihad. As they are essentially meaningless in face of the majority, citing them as a defense of Islam is sophistry. Cultural and moral relativism will not bring a solution. Recommend

  • ahmad_original
    Jun 26, 2010 - 8:11AM

    Most of the comments above, represent the lack of depth readers of this website have. The author did not mean a religious or a superficial comparison like how the countries were created, but a state policy comparison.

    In my opinion Pakistan is more similar to North Korea due to its lack of focus on human resource and economic development. All three countries (Pakistan, Israel, North Korea) have a state policy that revolves around a percieved threat of complete annhilation. Israel fears of being wiped out by its arab neighbors, Pakistan is obsessed with a similar threat from its much larger neighbor India, and the same is the case with North Korea. North Korea is a unique case because it is a communist country, hence by default it would have a very weak economic system which would not be able to meet the demands of its people. Pakistan too has failed on the economic front, mainly because of the stregnth of our feudal elite which is to quite an extent anti-development. Pakistan’s military mean while has a huge appetite for resources which it acquires by selling itself as a mercenary, but never compromising on its major objective. The recent Afghanistan war is an example of how the Army continued to act as a mercenary, while supporting the taliban at the same time. This balancing act was done to avoid compromising the threat from India. A threat from India meanwhile is very genuine until and unless a fruitful peace dialogue moves forward and helps to integrate the two countries into one interdependent economic entity. As long as that doesn’t happen, the behavior of the military would remain the same and the mullah-military nexus would continue. One silver lining has been an increase in development spending during the musharaf era. The GDP growth in India is forcing Pakistan’s military to focus on economic devlopment to counter India’s rising defence spending. Military actions in Balochistan shows how the tide is turning against feudals and sardars and in favor of development. Dramatic increase in Education and development budgets suggest that Pakistan may be turning the corner in its approach towards tackling India. Religious extremists are proving to be a hindrance towards economic development and we have seen decisive actions recently to curtail this menace. The future of Pakistan’s India centric policy also depends on China-India relationship, meanwhile Pakistan is assured more economic and military support as it becomes more and more important each day for a rapidly growing and more assertive China. The focus must still be shifted towards stability, which comes from within, and human development must take top priority.

    Israel remains the only country that has done exceptionally well on all fronts given the same situation. It has defeated all its neighbors not once but twice and it has managed to develop both economically and militarily. Those who say that Israel is a client state of America forget that Americans have showered an equal number of blessings on Pakistan but Pakistan has failed to take advantage of any of those opportunities, except the Ayub era, no significant development has taken place. Israel offers one of the best education systems and boasts a strikingly high number of nobel prize winners. It is by far the most developed nation in the middle east. Even Gaza and the West Bank boast a GDP per capita which is higher than its Arab neighbors including Pakistan. The only countries needing an Aid Flotilla right now are probably Pakistan and other Middle Eastern countries. Recommend

  • Hassan Rafiq
    Aug 17, 2010 - 12:00AM

    Pakistan is a muslam country Pakistan know isreal idias to all world isreal is born of cotention in world usa know it but they always say isreal is very inoceant country . isreal involve all trorist work in Pakistan . one day Usa relaize fact of isreal. isreal is very good actor in world .and isreal was not face holocast . i love hitler for it geart thinking he best king of Europ .im Pakistani im provd in my country and our great ArmyRecommend

  • Hassan Rafiq
    Aug 17, 2010 - 12:06AM

    if isreal want to fight with us we ready for fight any where and any timeRecommend

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