Pakistan: Reality, Denial and the Complexity of its State

Abbas Rashid - (Photo: Stephan Röhl)

March 17, 2010

On 11th February 2010, the Heinrich Boell Foundation organised an expert round table discussion to inaugurate the release of their new publication “Pakistan – Reality, Denial and the Complexity of its State”. Two authors who published articles in the book were invited from Pakistan to Berlin to present and discuss their work. Abbas Rashid, a journalist for the Daily Times, a Pakistani daily newspaper, and an author of many books, discussed his views on democracy, development and power in Pakistan. He tried to tackle the question: What active role can Pakistan play to contribute to regional stability in South Asia? Saima Jasam, a civil society activist, working as Head of the Programme Section at the Heinrich Boell Foundation Office in Lahore, discussed her article and views on the Lawyers’ Movement in Pakistan. Her main focus was on the role of the Lawyers’ Movement and the judiciary as a political force and whether it presents a conflict of interests in Pakistan’s current situation.


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