Russian scholar labels Pakistan a 'success story'

Published: February 16, 2013
Belokrenitsky said the book has been written from the Russian perspective, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the two countries.

Belokrenitsky said the book has been written from the Russian perspective, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the two countries.

KARACHI: VY Belokrenitsky says the country has come a long way since Partition

Many intellectuals believe that internal problems and geopolitical upheavals have taken Pakistan to the brink. But according to Russian scholar VY Belokrenitsky, who has spent decades studying its history, the country remains as strong as any other.
“If you look at all that has happened in the past, Pakistan’s is a success story,” he said during the launch of the book ‘A Political History of Pakistan: 1947 to 2007’ on day two of the fourth Karachi Literature Festival on February 16. He has co-authored the book with compatriot VN Moskalenko.
Belokrenitsky said that at the time of Partition, Pakistan was made up of areas which were less developed and faced problems. “Since then, many parts have urbanised and the population has grown manifold. It has become a vibrant society.”
The book has been divided into seven parts which trace the country’s history from the pre-partition era to the tumultuous end of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s government.
Belokrenitsky said the book has been written from the Russian perspective, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between the two countries. However, it also deals with prominent political developments.
“We have discussed matters related to the upper level of politics. There is something going on underneath all that as well and not many people know about that. It needs to be studied more.”
He said that years 2013 and 2014 can be a turning point for Pakistan as foreign troops are expected to exit Afghanistan. Columnist Humayun Gauhar also spoke at the event.

Correction: An earlier version of the story carried an incorrect photo of the VY Belokrenitsky. The error is regretted.

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  • Knotty
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:03PM

    It’s only people living on foreign shores who have no idea how strong Pakistan is!!


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:22PM

    The Russian author’s views may sound unconventional but he has made a long term assessment. Everyone knows urbanisation has grown in Pakistan and population has also gone up at a good rate. If urbanisation keeps pace with or exceeds the population growth it will be a much stronger and credible success story in the coming 50 years.


  • Dr. A.K.Tewari
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:22PM

    Please also mention the reaction of Mr H. Gauhar on the book. And also clearify how it is going to serve the Russians interests ? Tell me how a country facing a syndrom of complexity can be a ” success story ” . Russia is far away now after leaving the lap of US, now they are preferring to be in the lap of China . What the author will react on this ground reality of Pakist


  • John B
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:27PM

    Thanks to the Americans and the Ahmadi merchants who kept PAK afloat!


  • Paki
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:28PM

    Pakistan is a success story except that we don’t realize it. We fight on religious basis, we fight for our families name, we fight for blood but not for our homeland.

    We talk about how great Islam is but we don’t learn a single thing from Islam.

    We vote for people who promise Roti and Kapra but when they don’t deliver after 5 years, we still chant to Vote for them. Such is our insanity that we have to vote for family party even though they are the Enemy of Pakistan!!!

    May Pakistan prosper :)


  • Green Tiger
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:34PM

    Ha ha…. She`s funny..really funny.. Does she reads the news?


  • Diggvijay Singh
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:35PM

    Many positive changes taking place in Pakistan often go neglected. Democracy has found its roots; for the first time an elected government will complete its term. The media is growing and is very free with debates on many issues. Media can act as a fourth pillar of democracy. Among Pakistan’s youth there is much greater awareness about the governance and issues like corruption, feudalism, extremism etc.


  • Ali
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Ooooo reallyyy ?? We had no idea :p


  • BlackJack
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Clutching at straws.


  • Muneer
    Feb 16, 2013 - 8:51PM

    A correct and pragmatic assessment of Pakistans’ future.


  • Feb 16, 2013 - 9:24PM

    Why is there a picture of a woman and some balding heads? Where is the author’s picture?


  • Raj - USA
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:43PM

    Can’t understand this at all. Indian Embassy placard at the background, Indian National Symbol on the podium, the author VY Belokrenitsky, a lady as shown in the photo is referred as “he” throughout the article………..

    Can’t fail to notice that vacant seats in the front row.


  • Baba Ji
    Feb 16, 2013 - 9:46PM

    She is right … next decade is ours !!!! watch out world


  • Anjaan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:03PM

    1. The Russian scholar is right ……. he gives credit to Pakistan, because Pakistan, in spite of all odds, has managed to survive all these years, through shrewd manipulation of the foreign powers, like Britain, the US and China.

    2. He rightly terms 2014, the likely turning point for Pakistan. This is simply because, he hope Pakistan would realize that it’s traditional backers have re-oriented their policies towards Kashmir and relations with India. It would be a huge mistake if Pakistan goes against the trend, and if it failes to grasp the change.

    3. Pakistan will lose the last opportunity to turn its fortunes around, that is coming its way in 2014, if it continues to stick to its age old policies towards India, Kashmir, and using terrorism as instrument of foreign policy.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:39PM

    @Dr. A.K.Tewari

    Doctor please doctor, would you please define this ‘complexity syndrome’ to us? By the way I am glad you are not the Indian hidden behind Muslim name.


  • aj
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:46PM

    ok but why you used term “Paki”..don’t you think term “pakistani” is better..paki is considered a sort of abuse???


  • aj
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:49PM

    but the cover photo looks indian??


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Feb 16, 2013 - 10:50PM

    Thanks to Vodka…!


  • life
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:34PM

    @Green Tiger:

    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

    ― Malcolm X


  • Rani
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:39PM

    Very True. No matter how much media tries to defame us, we know what we really are. Proud of being a ‘strong’ Pakistani!


  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:48PM

    Best of luck Pakistan !!! You need it. Best regards, as wishes were birds .rab rakha


  • xman
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:59PM

    indian embassy placard in bacground?


  • Fareed
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:59PM

    99.99% of Pakistani citizens have not been killed by terrorist activities.
    Most of them are not feudal and believe in democracy.
    Most of them have a live and let live outlook.
    Majority of the cricket players are not corrupt.
    Majority of the country has stayed intact in the last 40 years.
    We have lots of bombs – all types of bombs.
    Pakistan and Pakistanis are well known around the world.
    Holders of our green passport get special and extra attention at all airports.

    So why should we not be proud of our successful country?


  • Haroon
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:08AM

    Good to hear someone wrote a book about this, and its by a foreigner who studied Pakistan for a decade…. which gives it some authenticity on a global level.Recommend

  • Lala Gee
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:10AM

    @Raj – USA:

    Read the caption carefully. It clearly says “RUSEMBASSY.IN”, means it is a file photo taken from Russian Embassy in India website.


  • Khan Bhai
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:11AM

    Pakistan’s biggest hurdle and challenge is energy. This is the same assessment IMF panned out. Pakistan is ripe for industrialization: infrastructure is there, labor force is there, only thing missing is energy policy. In any case, we remain hopeful. We are the dreams of Jinnah, we simply cannot fail. It’s not even an option.


  • Junaid
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:19AM

    @Raj-USA and others

    Please read the caption carefully before blindly criticizing. This is a file photo taken from the Russian Embassy website.


  • G. Din
    Feb 17, 2013 - 12:22AM

    “Why is there a picture of a woman and some balding heads? Where is the author’s picture?”
    I thought the author is shown addressing the crowd. But then, both the commentators and the reporter have confused the gender of the author, referring to “him” and “her” according to convenience unless Russian males have taken to wearing skirts and sporting bob cuts.
    Regardless, the author (gender-neutral) ought to have advised the President of Russia about this rather shocking image change of Pakistan. He would not have had to make a lot of lame excuses to avoid traveling to Pakistan.


  • Feb 17, 2013 - 12:53AM

    @Raj – USA:
    The lady in the picture is NOT the author. The author is a man and not in the picture. ET seems to have blindly picked the first picture they got on google images.


  • NuPak
    Feb 17, 2013 - 1:25AM

    @Diggvijay Singh: Sir, I like your neutral but valuable views about most everything here. Miss Belokrenitsky definitely has included that time when Russia was a communist Soviet Union and Pakistan was assessed with a different approach. So now she has combined both the Communist and Capitalist benchmarks plus after 9/11 economic recovery story. I agree with her 100%, basically after visiting and seeing the land &it’s people up-close and personal.

    I saw there is a positive mentality & an honest desire of achievement & success in every person's eyes and actions that tells you either they have it or are not very far from it. Any how, with little fine tuning and some work on chronic rattling issues the Pak Motor is good to put on any race track. The leaders must now make an honest effort for the people who have shown unimaginable resilience and steadfastness against all odds and time has proven they can rise-n-shine in any test of time.

  • Sepp
    Feb 17, 2013 - 4:33AM

    @Raj – USA:
    You sir, have eagle eyes. Good catch!
    ET now has to make a correction. Let’s see how long it takes :)


  • Feb 17, 2013 - 11:29AM

    @Rashid: if u think any muslim doesn’t belong to india then why can’t u call back indian bihari muslims to pak…won’t u welcome them? won’t u share ur house with them…or are u just a hypocrite?


  • Feb 17, 2013 - 10:46PM

    What to say and what not ! …..I Adnan Sadiq Butt who dared to e-mail the C.E( Uncle Mushraf )
    to remove the Colonial Law(Britishers slavery laws) of rental tax for the widows and retired persons of pakistan (thinking of that Uncle Mushraf by himself retire on day and be also be saved form rental tax of immoveble properties) Hishighness replied with an ordinance(the quickest way law making) giving exemption of rental tax to W&R.Then I moved the Hong Kong for IT certification from whole world’s computer manufacturers association comPTIA . I passed Core Hardware Technologies test – then I had an accident and injured with a head skin cut but my brain was tested with many heavy machines in a hospital and report was made that my brain is 100% ok and my head skin cut was stiched which healed soon .100% ok inside made me think of doing something that can be main solution for top Pakistan problem .I read all speaches of then President’s(Uncle Mushraf) on net. Two things found main one Povery Eleviation oth Foreign Debt redution ..For six days and nights I researched for forms and origin of money and loans and world bank and IMF ect etc , haiving 24 hours internet and news and financial Chennals .Pakistan was having only 34 Billion $ loan burdon .I recorded my call calling 9200575 (knowing all 9200??? calls are recorded in G.H.Q. ang gave a quick solution to pak gov to fill the treasury with $s unlimited and endlessly .and after that intensive changes in the economy of Pakistan …I hope now pakistan will be like Europe no person will wish to go abroad .but one more thing is left to be done that is removel of all laws and upgrade them uptodate ..because all are Colonial (Britishers left slavery laws ) .Lowest level of colonial laws is spoiling the 18 crore people’s lives.Uncle got 1 million puonds home in london at king Edward Road …But not even a flat for me in defence ….so surprised …Any how God may progress Pakistan by leaps and bounds .. and make it free laws for free people counrty as well .I hope n pray .


  • Feb 18, 2013 - 2:03AM

    What I hear from people returning from Pakistan is that in certain areas there are Pop Pop going on. Few people die everyday. It gets cleaned up and business is as usual. The stores open up and things get back to normal. Some people don’t pay much attention. It scares the bejjejus out of me to think of the fate of the broken families and their sufferings.

    I go on Dawn internet and I see leaders who never have never gone to a university talk and do nonsense work.Very efficiently. It is disheartening. On Television news all I hear petty bickering by the leaders. We have to change to succeed., Peace my brother.



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