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Maps Redrawn , Pakistan Fears for the Worst

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The map above was first circulated as a theoretical exercise in some American circles . It has fueled a belief among Pakistanis, including members of the armed forces, that what the United States really wants is the breakup of Pakistan. They also fear that Afghanistan and India togather want to destroy Pakistan. The viewpoint reflects not only Pakistan’s insecurities about its borders, but also its distrust of the perceived American tilt towards India

“I don’t feel threatened by India and India shouldn’t feel threatened by us,” Zardari said in a videoconference at the Hindustan Times LeadershipSummit in New Delhi.

(Source: NYTimes)

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Begging Bowl Is Out For Pakistan

Pakistan has sought an emergency bail-out from the IMF, a humiliating step forced on Islamabad after allies refused to come up with cash .

Pakistan’s finance minister, Shaukat Tareen, said recently that going to the IMF was his “plan C”, but Islamabad has been stung by rebuffs from its closest international partners – China, the US and Saudi Arabia – leaving it with few choices. 

Hungary, Iceland, the Ukraine and Belarus are also seeking assistance from the IMF to help weather the global financial crisis. Belarus has applied for a $2 billion loan, Interfax reported Oct. 22, and the Ukraine said this week it may sign a loan worth as much as $15 billion.

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Bailout Pakistan , But Proceed with Caution

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said being a front line state in the war against terror; Pakistan has sacrificed more than any other country. 

Here’s why : –

1. Pakistan is the only country in the world which harbors terrorists and calls them freedom fighters.

2. Pakistan is the only country in the world which is accused of sheltering terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda,  Lashkar-e-Omar, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Sipah-e-Sahaba.

3. Abdul Qadeer Khan , a Pakistani scientist  widely regarded as the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program who has confessed to having been involved in a clandestine international network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation from Pakistan to Libya, Iran and North Korea is supposedly under house arrest . He recently changed his statement and said that “President Pervez Musharraf forced him to be a “scapegoat” for the “national interest.” He denies ever traveling to Iran or Libya and claims that North Korea’s nuclear program was well advanced before his visit”.

4. Pakistani President recently acknowledged his country’s inability in combating terrorism. He said that terrorists are getting paid Rs 10000 whereas his government is only paying Rs 7000 to his soldiers.

The Pakistani economy is in shambles , inflation crossing 25% and forex reserves of less than 3 billion dollars .Mr Zardari told The Wall Street Journal that Pakistan needed a bail-out worth $US100 billion. Maybe this time the world provides money with a rider and makes Pakistan walk the talk.

 

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