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Merrill Lynch Calls Pakistan Safe Haven For Investors

"Pakistan is a safe haven for investors", says Mark Matthews, chief

Asia strategist at Merrill Lynch, speaking to CNBC's Arnold Gay in

January, 2008. This is in sharp contrast to some of the rating agencies

like S&P and Moody's hinting at possible downgrade of Pakistan as

an investment opportunity. Matthews argues that Pakistan is one of the

best information arbitrage markets in the world.

While the bombings, shootings and the body bags make good headlines for… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 16, 2008 at 10:51am — No Comments

Atta Crisis in Pakistan

Rising Atta Prices

The rising prices and acute shortages of atta in Pakistan are clearly

distressing to the people. However, putting it in perspective, this

wheat crisis is not isolated to Pakistan. There are widespread fears of

food shortages and lack of affordability in many countries around the world.

According to a recent report in Wall Street Journal, the prices of Illinois corn

and soybeans rose 40%…

Added by Riaz Haq on January 15, 2008 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Pakistan is Lagging in Social Media

As the membership of social networks and the users of social media

applications such as Facebook, MySpace, and Orkut grow dramatically to

hundreds of millions in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America, it

seems that this phenomenon is still in very early infancy in Pakistan.

As of now, there are about 117,000 Pakistanis on Facebook, about

100,000 on Orkut, and a few thousand on MySpace. There are smaller

social networks such as that have a few thousand… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 12, 2008 at 6:41pm — 4 Comments

Pakistan, the worlds power keg!

"The country most likely to trouble the world in 2008 may not be Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Afghanistan or even Israel - it could be Pakistan"…


Added by khalid Hassan on January 12, 2008 at 10:33am — No Comments

Bilawal's Extra-curricular Activities at Oxford

In his high-profile role as the Chairman of one of Pakistan's largest political parties, there are enormous security threats for Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. In the words of John Giduck, a US security consultant, "The threat level is going to be inordinately high - you are dealing with a young man with an enormous target painted on him. It would take dozens of people and hard assets to keep this man safe". In addition to this security threat, Bilawal is dealing with the loss of his privacy with the… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 10, 2008 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Bilawal's Appeal for Privacy

After being named Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party to succeed his high-profile mother Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal's life has suddenly gone from very private to

very public. As expected, the tenacious Papparazi and the ruthless

tabloid press have found a new subject to pursue relentlessly. Examples

of this coverage include the stories in the British tabloids The Sun and…


Added by Riaz Haq on January 8, 2008 at 9:36pm — No Comments

CSI: Pakistan

Watching the news, the pictures, the videos, and the abundance of

speculation and conspiracy theories, it makes me wonder whether all of

this controversy could have been avoided had there been a thorough and

professional investigation undertaken after Benazir Bhutto's tragic

assassination? Then I realize it is too much to ask of the people

involved. Here are some of my reasons why:

1. There is a total lack of professionalism in the way the law-enforcement… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 6, 2008 at 8:10am — 2 Comments

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Friend in Devil Costumes

“We’re ready to bring hell on earth. . . waaahahahahahah.”

Here is a picture of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari (Facebook alias: Bilawal Lawalib) posing with a friend published by the UK tabloid The Sun.

The Sun obtained it from Facebook. This picture reinforces the fact

that Bilwawl is just a kid, enjoying life as college kids do in the

West. Poor Bilawal. He's been pushed into this limelight by… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on January 5, 2008 at 10:51pm — No Comments

Ham ney dekha hai baharo mey chaman ko jaltey!

And the most expected happen again, irrespective of all the political & ideological differences, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto is without a doubt a national tragedy. By in large it’s a great set back & very critical situation for the whole nation. Apart from the severity of this tragedy, the after math & nation wide reaction of people is extremely crucial. All the grief, rage & violent reaction of concerned people is quite…


Added by khalid Hassan on December 27, 2007 at 8:16pm — 1 Comment

Engineer? An Expensive $50K Monkey?

Here's a joke from my friend Ramzan Khetani, EE Class of 1974. I'd like to share it with you. Hope you like it.

AutoCAD Monkey: A tourist walked into a pet shop and was looking at the animals on display. While he was there, another customer walked in and said to the shopkeeper, "I'll have an…

Added by Riaz Haq on December 17, 2007 at 10:06am — No Comments

The Unitended Consequence of Charlie Wilson's War

The soon-to-be-released Hollywood movie "Charlie Wilson's War"

tells the story of behind-the-scene activities that led to the massive

CIA backing of the Afghan resistance against the Soviets in the 1980s.

Based on a book of the same title by late George Crile, it focuses on

the efforts of a "scandal-prone, womanizing" US Congressman Charlie

Wilson and "out-of-favor, blue-collar" CIA operative Gust Avrokotos who

both… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on December 16, 2007 at 10:35am — No Comments

Frontiers of Information Technology Conference FIT 2007 in Islamabad Dec 17-18, 2007

COMSATS Institute of Information Technology is organizing the 5th International Workshop on Frontiers of Information Technology (FIT 2007) on

December 17-18 at Marriott Hotel Islamabad, Pakistan. This workshop is

sponsored by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Pakistan

Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL).

Since its inception in 2003, the International Workshop on…


Added by Riaz Haq on December 9, 2007 at 4:51pm — No Comments

Corruption in Pakistan: Is Siemens Guilty?

As I saw the reports this week out of Munich about Siemens pleading guilty to bribing politicians and officials in Nigeria, Russia and Libya, it reminded me that Siemens is a large player in Pakistan. Has any one looked into Siemens engaging in similar corrupt practices in Pakistan?

And, how about the behavior of other American and European companies operating in Pakistan? There are definitely laws on the books in the West such as the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) in the…


Added by Riaz Haq on November 19, 2007 at 12:28pm — 6 Comments

Out-of-the-Box Thinking by Muslim Students at Berkeley

I was discussing the recent Newsweek story

about Pakistan with my daughter Michelle who is a sophomore at UC

Berkeley and a member of the Muslim Students Association (MSA) on

campus. I explained to her my feelings about Newsweek's bias and some of the predictable reactions by my friends. In response, she told me about

what happened at UC Berkeley last week where an anti-Muslim group was

having "Islamo-Fascist Week" and how… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 27, 2007 at 10:42pm — 3 Comments

Returning to Pakistan - Guide (Nauman Sheikh)

I recently received the following email on a research forum. Thought, it might be a good idea to post it here. The email goes as under:


AA All,

After deliberating and planning for several years, I finally moved back to Pakistan in June 2007 from…


Added by Amir Siddiq on October 26, 2007 at 2:27am — 2 Comments

Is Pakistan the Most Dangerous Nation in the World?

The cover of the Oct 29, 2007 issue of Newsweek has a picture of bearded, young, angry Pakistanis with their fists punching the air. The caption says: The Most Dangerous Nation in the World Isn't Iraq. It's Pakistan.

The crux of the argument it offers is captured in a quote from Bruce Riedel, former senior director for South Asia on the US National Security Council. Here's the quote: "If you were to look for where Al Qaeda is going to… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 24, 2007 at 10:36am — 4 Comments

Are people of color less intelligent?

The statement last week by Nobel Laureate geneticist Dr. James Watson regarding Africa as a laggard has slightly re-opened the taboo subject of the link between race and intelligence.

Here's what The Times of London reported: "The scientist, who won the Nobel prize for his part in discovering the structure of DNA, was quoted in an interview in The Sunday Times saying he was…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 21, 2007 at 1:30pm — 4 Comments

Pakistani Scientist on Nobel Prize Winning Panel

Here's some good news I'd like to share with you:

Pakistani scientist in Nobel team

WASHINGTON, Oct 13: Pakistani professor Adil Najam, now teaching at the Fletcher

School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, US, is amongst the team

of scientists… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 15, 2007 at 1:03pm — 1 Comment

Pakistan Link publishes a special supplement on NEDians Convention 2007

Pakistan Link, a California weekly published by NEDian Arif Mansuri, has produced a special supplement on the recently concluded NEDians Convention 2007 in Silicon Valley, CA. Please take a look at it. You might recognize some NEDians in the pictures including the Pro VC Dr. Shamsul Haq and several others who have made a name for themselves and for NED in Silicon Valley and the United States.

You may…


Added by Riaz Haq on October 14, 2007 at 9:25am — No Comments

IAC: The Birth of a Powerful Indian Lobby

For more blog entries by Riaz, please visit Haq's musings.

Last Saturday on October 6, 2007, I was invited to attend the inaugural conference of Indo-American Council (IAC) by my Indian friend, Dr.

Hasan Kamil, a Silicon Valley venture investor and a graduate of

Aligarh Muslim University, MIT and Berkeley. Dr. Hasan Kamil's wife,

Talat, an accomplished entrepreneur in her own right, was a co-chair of

the conference along… Continue

Added by Riaz Haq on October 10, 2007 at 11:03am — 2 Comments

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