Pakistan: in need of a better business environment!

Majyd Aziz

The economic prosperity of any country is largely due to the initiatives of the private sector and fully supported by the government thru demand-oriented facilities. The government has to introduce a laissez-faire mode of relationship with regard to industry and trade. In Pakistan, there has always been a yo-yo style relationship between the government and the business community. The over-employment in the government bureaucracy has led to abnormal increase in governmental interference, harassment, and corruption. This has come to a point where about half of the industrialist’s time is wasted on government matters such as inspections, audits, correspondence, reports, filling forms, and visits to government offices. The government must reduce the plethora of taxes, must minimize punitive measures, must lessen the visits of petty officers of myriad agencies, and must slash the tax rates if there has to be increased investment in the country.

It is essential that the government seriously revisit the General Sales Tax regime (whether it is Value Added tax or Reformed GST) and transform it into an acceptable and workable form. The present backbreaking 17% rate is criminal, it leads to temptation to evade, and is keeping traders and industrialists from registering under the system. If the VAT has to be enforced then it must be with determination and must be broad-based with all links in the chain covered. But, more importantly, it is imperative that the rate is not more than 5%, otherwise, this scheme will be difficult to implement and will remain hostage to the corruption syndrome. The present uncertain thinking by the government in GST matters is the root cause for the vicious campaign against VAT.

Furthermore, the industrialists, and more importantly, the traders would become prisoners of the discretionary, arbitrary, and coercive powers of the concerned officers. There would be frequent squabbles with the tax staff, there will be continued visitations by all kinds of agencies who will keep on demanding information which the Collectorate will already have, and there will be so much discomfiture and dejection that the industrialists and traders would be forced to cower and grovel into succumbing to the eventual and highly popular “muk-muka”.

The government can become more involved in bringing about a comprehensive documentation system in the economy if it affirms its determination to continue with the process. The trend towards dilly-dallying on important issues has brought about a negative response to various governmental measures and has fortified the resolve of those who do not agree with the government’s scheme of things. It is imperative that the administration provides a sustainable solution to the process of documentation and that can only be done if the government can establish its writ but at the same time bringing about a kinder, gentler tax regime. The high-handedness of tax collectors must be checked and those elements in the tax collecting agencies that are bent upon creating a polemic condition must be removed from the scene. The government must understand that the pragmatic way to bring forth universal documentation is to provide an enabling environment.

The government must begin efforts to strengthen local bodies and this can be done by finalizing the date for local bodies’ elections and a systematic devolution of power down to the local level. The balance sheets of District Governments must be published and must be made transparent so that the citizens can get an opportunity to know what they are earning and spending and in which manner. There is immense amount of corruption in these local bodies. Fly-by-night companies are given contracts for city projects, etc. It is proposed that the government, in the first instance, target five cities, i.e., Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Rawalpindi, and Quetta, and divide them into zones. The road construction project, for example, could be given to one construction company for every zone, and that this company should be wholly responsible for the construction of the roads in that zone. If then the roads condition deteriorates, that company must repair it and must be penalized for shoddy work. These companies should be well-established ones, and that one-deal companies are not entertained at all. A bank guarantee could be a pre-condition to keep these companies in check.

It would not be out of place to quote the example of SITE Ltd. There is a total collapse of infrastructure in the largest industrial estate of the country. SITE Ltd needs an immediate and complete overhaul. The organization is still in the dark ages and continues to act like a mean, vicious, and demanding landlord. So much so, even the Supreme Court had to intervene and order the setting up of effluent treatment plants and a general clean-up of the estate. Of course, even today it is dirty, unorganized, encroached, and getting worse by the day. Remember, it is this same estate that provides nearly 30% of the total revenue of the government.

It is important to mention the need for an encouraging environment for textiles too. There are no two opinions that all the components of the textile sector should be confident and should be appropriately satisfied that they have been adequately backed by the government. The relevant ministries and agencies must resolve on priority basis the residual issues that still impact negatively on these constituents of the textile sector since these actions would ensue into more employment, more exports, and more industrialization.

A better and more enabling environment could be created if the government is serious about controlling the rampant under-invoicing, smuggling, and mis-declaration. The Afghan Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement is another deterrent. Labor is unmotivated and thus productivity, efficiency, and quality still haunt the industrialists. It would take years before water, gas, and electricity is available on demand. And, the less said about the monetary policy of the State Bank of Pakistan, the better. All these are impediments and roadblocks. The recent floods and the havoc it generated have formidably pushed the country’s progress. Billions would be required to bring sanity into the country. There is no political stability, there is no quality of life, and there is no continuity of policies. Inspite of the oft-repeated mantra that “all is well”, the sad fact is that the road towards prosperity is full of pot-holes, it is dark, and it is under constant attack.

The solution lies in seriously and sincerely taking the industrial and business community on board. Policy making without intensive deliberations and without ascertaining the needs and demands of the industrialists and businessmen would be just another ad hoc measure. The time to change is now. The global marketplace is already becoming saturated with competitors from other nations. Pakistan cannot be a bystander or an isolated soloist in the world today. But, for now, “Le plus ça change, le plus c’est le même chose” (The more things change, the more they stay the same).

(The writer is Ex President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry).  

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  • Ashraf  On August 16, 2010 at 5:53 am

    I Quote You: The government must reduce the plethora of taxes………………….
    However, the Govt obviously does not agree with you. We are crushed under all kinds od taxes & now the FLOOD TAX is being contemplated.
    What are your views on that?

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 9:16 am

      SINCE DAY ONE OF THIS COUNTRY, WE HAVE HAD BABUS MAKING THE BUDGET. WHENEVER A TECHNOCRAT BECAME THE FINANCE MINISTER, THE BABUS, FEARING FOR THEIR PELF AND POWER, CONSPIRED TO INTRODUCE HARSH MEASURES IN THE BUSDGET AND THEN PROPAGATED THAT EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING IS ‘IMF DICTATES’.
      RAISING TAXES OR INTRODUCING NEW TAXES IS NOT DIFFICULT ON THEIR PART. THIS GIVES THEM MORE DISCRETIONARY POWERS AND THRU THESE POWERS THE MONEY IS MEANT AND CORRUPTION FLOURISHES. OF COURSE, THE ECONOMY CONTINUES TO REMAIN LESS DOCUMENTED.
      YES, NOW THEY ARE CONTEMPLATING A ONE-SHOT DEAL OF INTRODUCING THE SO-CALLED FLOOD TAX OF 10%. FIRST, THEY WILL COME UP WITH A CATCHY NOMENCLATURE THAT WOULD IGNITE THE PATRIOTIC PASSION IN THE CITIZENS. OF COURSE, ALL THIS WILL RESULT IN MOVING EVEN THE DOCUMENTED ECONOMY BACK INTO THE ABYSS. LET ME ALSO TELL YOU THAT WHEN WE BUSINESSMEN CLAMOR FOR REDUCTION IN COST OF DOING BUSINESS, WHAT WILL NOW HAPPEN IS THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT COST OF CLOSING BUSINESS.
      WHY CANT THE FBR BOYS GO AFTER THE TAX EVADERS? WHY CANT THEY GO AFTER THOSE WHO HAVE ALL KINDS OF EXEMPTIONS? WHY CANT FBR OR MIN FIN DELARE UNILATERALLY TO PM/PRESIDENT ETC THAT ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. CUT DOWN THE EXPENSES OF YOUR PALACES OR PAY FROM YOUR PARTY FUNDS. LOOK AT THE WASTE IN GOVT. WE ARE ALL STILL BEING RULESBY THESE PETTY AND PSEUDO NAWABS AND RAJAHS. WE ARE STILL WARPED IN THE MUGHAL ERA.
      WHO IS MINDING THE GOVT STORE? WHO KNOWS! NERO STILL RULES PAKISTAN

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

      THERE WAS ANEWS ALERT THIS MORNING THAT A ONE-TIME, ONE PERCENT FLOOD TAX WOULD BE LEVIED ON ALL IMPORTS. I GOT A SMS FROM AN ECONOMIC JOURNALIST.

  • husain naqi  On August 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

    take all the lands from landowners in cluding traditional feudals,pirs,makhdooms,generals and bureaucrats.cut their perks and facilities like limousines,free phone, power facility, urban large houses. instead of imposing tax on manufacturers who will shift it to the common people

    • Saeed  On August 16, 2010 at 7:34 am

      Husain are you aware very few people have “owned” land holdings? Most are on Govt Leases.Hundreds & hundreds of acres leased,palms greased,to bury the file for generations. If you were from the rural background,you would be well aware of this fact!

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

      WE ARE RULES BY THIS UNHOLY NEXUS WHO CONTINUE TO EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY BECUASE THEY KNOW THAT THE 175 MILLION INCLUDING THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY IS HELD IN BONDAGE TO THEM.
      NEHRU GOT RID OF THE RAJAS, RANIS, AND NAWABS AS SOON AS INDIA GOT INDEPENDENCE. WE CONTINUE TO PAMPER AND PAY HOMAGE TO THESE LORDS.
      THEY DONT CARE WHETHER YOU DIE IN FLOODS OR YOUR BUSINESS GETS WASHED OUT.
      THEY ALSO HAVE THEIR MINI-DYNASTIES TO PROTECT.
      THEY WILL RULE OVER PARLIAMENT, THEY WILL HAVE THEIR PROGENY IN BUREAUCRACY, IN ARMED FORCES, IN POLITICS, AND IN AGRICULTURE. THEY WILL BE LINKED THRU INTER-MARRIAGES AND THRU THEIR OWN BIRADARIS.
      INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN CAN SHOUT THEIR HEADS OFF IN FPCCI AND OTHER CHAMBERS/ASSOCIATIONS.

  • SHWEBO  On August 16, 2010 at 6:08 am

    As long as Business community keeps on funding election campaigns of these politicians they will keep on facing these conditions.To bring a change our business community has to rise and avoid these “Political bribes” in shape of Bhattas, protection money and “voluntary” donations to political parties. We need more of Majyed Azizs to come forward and eliminate prevailing culture of generous donations and succumbing to the pressure of various governmental agencies.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 9:23 am

      WE DONT NEED TO FUND THESE PARTIES. WHOEVER COMES INTO POWER, WE WELCOME THEM AS IF THEY ARE MESSIAHS AND THEN, ONLY THEN, WE USE THE COLOR OF MONEY TO GET OUR THINGS DONE.
      LET US FACE IT. STATE TERRORISM WORKS WONDERS TO KEEP BUSINESSMEN, ESPECIALLY BUSINESS LEADERS IN FPCCI/CHAMBERS/ASSOCIATIONS IN CHECK.
      THE WHOLE THING IS THAT “KE BHAIYA, SUB SE BARA RUPAIAH”

  • Ubaid  On August 16, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I find the suggestion of dividing the cities into zones & awarding contracts for each zone to an established company very appealing. However,personally I find the current dispensation incapable of dealing with the calamity facing the country.On another article Ms Yasmeen Ali had put up a note that I found very appealing & would share here:
    “Editor’s Note: Pakistan is not only in need of monetary and relief goods aid, but we must also request help in terms of Expertise from countries around the world. The magnanimity of destruction is beyond the scope of the government, any government of a developing nation. Teams of Experts in Reconstruction from other countries must be constituted for different areas and they must be awarded responsibility to do the job. This is the only way, we can restructure what has been lost and in given allotted time. Failure to do this will only multiply the miseries of the people and have worse impact on Pakistan’s Economy than what already exists.”
    Majyd Aziz: the govt has failed to restructure demolished structures & rehabilitate people of the earth quake,you think they can be equal to this challenge?
    THINK AGAIN!

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 10:41 am

      WE HAVE ALWAYS ADVOCATED THIS CONCEPT. IN FACT IN THE “DEVOLUTION OF AUTHORITY” DAYS, KARACHI HAD 18 TOWNS. EACH WITH ITS OWN UNION COUNCIL ETC. WE PROPOSED THAT THE DISTRIBUTION NETWORK OF KESC BE DIVIDED INTO 18 AND THUS KESC WILL HAVE CONTROL BASE IN EACH TOWN AND CAN ENSURE BULK SUPPLY ON TOWN-BASIS.
      SIMILARLY, THERE IS NEED FOR TRANSPARENCY AND CONTROL IN AWARDING CONTRACTS FOR BRIDGES, ROAD, ETC. IF EACH TOWN QUALIFIES AND APPORVES, SAY THREE OR FOUR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES, THEN CDGK WILL BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT GENUINE WORK IS DONE AND THESE COMPANIES WILL MAINTAIN QUALITY IF THEY WANT MORE ORDERS.

      YES, I AGREE. WE NEED EXPERTS ALSO BESIDES MONEY. I AM SURE THE PAKISTANI DIASPORA INCLUDES MANY WHO WOULD WANT TO COME BACK HOME EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME AND OFFER THEIR GRATIS SERVICES FOR THE NATION. REMEMBER THE EARTHQUAKE? SO MANY CAME AND SO MANY HELPED. IF FEW HAD COME, ERRA/NDMA AND THE GOVTS WOULD STILL BE CLEARING THE DEBRIS IN EARTHQUAKE AFFECTED AREAS.

      THE RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FLOOD MUST BE EITHER A PRIVATE-PUBLIC VENTURE OR I WOULD SUGGEST AND PROPOSE THAT THE DONORS THEMSELVES SHOULD DESIGNATE WHO WILL EXECUTE THE PROJECT. IF RECONSTRUCTION IS TO BE DONE ON A FAST TRACK, IF CORRUPTION AQND MISUSE IS TO BE AVOIDED, AND IF THE COUNTRY’S IMAGE IS TO BE ENHANCED, THEN THE GOVT MACHINERY SHOULD BE KEPT AWAY OR,AT MOST, TO PROVIDE LOGISTICAL SUPPORT. I WOULD INVLOVE THE ARMY. HOWEVER WE HAVE ENEMIES ALL AROUND US AND THE ARMY IS FULLY OCCUPIED.

      WE MAY HAVE TO GIVE CREDIT TO USA MARINES AND TROOPS WHO ARE HERE TO HELP PAKISTAN. THIS IS THEIR TIME OF GLORY TO CHANGE THE ANTI-AMERICAN SENTIMENT THAT IS GATHERING MOMENTUM IN PAKISTAN.

  • Laila  On August 16, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Superb suggestions MA. Laudable.
    But we need to rid ourselves of the ENTIRE coterie of beaurucrats, politicians for it to be implemented.You think these thieves ,dacoits will LET an honorable system where there can be no “muk muka” be implement?Sir?

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

      NO LAILA. WE DONT HAVE TO GET RID OF ANYBODY. YES, THE SYSTEM IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE. ALL BECAUSE WE THE CITIZENS DO NOT HAVE A VOICE AND WE REMAINED EITHER BYSTANDERS OR WE SUCCUMBED TO THE POWERS THAT BE.

      MUKA MUKA WAS SUBTLE MANY MOONS AGO. TODAY IT IS ON THE TABLE NOT UNDER THE TABLE. MONEY IS THE APHRODISIAC. MONEY IS THE KING. WHOEVER MAKES THE MOST MONEY UNDER THIS ROTTEN SYSTEM IS THE HERO. UNTOUCHABLE. IN FACT REVERED. WE ENABLE THEM TO MAINTAIN THIS POSITION. WE ALLOW THEM TO EXIT HONORABLY WHENN THE PARTY IS OVER. WE ALLOW THEM TO EXECUTE THEIR EXIT POLICY WITHOUT A FEAR IN THE WORLD.

      WHAT CAN YOU SAY ABOUT THE VOTERS OF JAMSHED DASTI WHO RE-ELECTED HIM AS MNA INSPITE OF THE FACT THAT HE WAS MADE TO RESIGN BECAUSE HE HAD A FAKE DEGREE. THE VOTERS GAVE A RESOUNDING SLAP TO THOSE WHO CENSURED DASTI.
      THIS IS ONE MICRO EXAAMPLE OF THE ROT WE FACE EVERYDAY. THE FAKE DEGREE HOLDERS DONT EVEN HAVE DECENCY AND CONTINUE TO PROPEL THEMSELVES AS GOODY-GOOD SHOES.
      WHY ON GOD’S GREEN EARTH DO THE POLITICAL PARTIES HEADS TAKE THE INITIATIVE OF ATLEAST SUSPENDING THEIR MNAs/MPAs TILL THEY ARE CLEARED BY HEC?
      THE FAKERS NEED NOT WORRY. OXONIAN SARDAR IS OUT TO PROTECT THEM. AND TO HELL WITH HEC AND ALL THOSE WHO WANT TO CLEAN THE MUDDY WATERS.

      • Tarun  On August 17, 2010 at 11:56 am

        Khud choree ka saboot daitay ho then you say we are trolls?Ohho!
        Jai Krishan ji ki!

  • Sameeh  On August 16, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Inappropriate and unsustainable expenditure and revenue policies, cause disappointing economic performance. Hence, the concern with mobilising adequate resources through improved taxation and better pricing of public services.A review of the existing taxation systems of several developing countries suggests that these are distortionary in nature and contribute to a number of economic problems including production inefficiency, capital flight and fiscal and balance of payments disequilibria . Agricultural incomes are not taxed. personal and corporate income taxes are levied on narrow bases at high rates. These tax structures impose varying levels of taxation, depending on the form of income, type of assets, size and legal status of businesses, and the kind of business activity (i.e. are ‘schedular’ in nature). As a result, the average effective tax rate and the marginal effective tax rate substantially vary across assets and section–thereby distorting individual choices with respect to the form of income, the sector of investment activity, and the time profile of investment.
    Tax Reform is a sensitive and difficult process. The pay-off tends to be of a long-term nature and, therefore, it is difficult for political governments to commit to a comprehensive reform. The pragmatic course is, therefore, to strive for incremental reforms in a consistent manner over time.Recent experience with the reforms process suggests that revenue enhancement, economic efficiency, horizontal equity and simplicity issues have dominated the world agenda on tax reforms. In Pakistan, tax on income, over the years, has been levied on the net income at progressive rates and on a global basis. Determination of net income has involved the application of suitable parameters on ‘production’, turnover and manufacturing and trade-related expenditures. These parameters reflect the ‘expected profits’ from various businesses more on the basis of an historical appreciation of each trade rather than on a scientific basis. Revenue efficiency of this system of taxation has, on conceptual grounds, depended on the efficiency of tax administration and its inherent capability to ‘match’ taxpayers’ reported income with the relevant market data, determine and collect correct taxes, and reach the tax delinquents and non-reporters of income.
    The ‘Schedular tax’ on a ‘presumptive income base’ covers dividends, interest on bonds, certificates, debentures, securities or instruments, interest on deposits with banks, financial institutions and finance companies; prize money on bonds, and winnings from raffle, lottery and cross word puzzles received by both resident (except for the corporate taxpayers) and non-resident taxpayers. Such incomes are treated as a separate block of income, no allowances or deductions permitted and subjected tea flat tax rate varying in respect of each type of income. The tax deducted at source at the prescribed rates is treated as the discharge of final tax liability. The requirement of filing a tax return has been waived.
    The National Tax Reforms Commission Report (1987) had also recommended a similar scheme but on somewhat different basis viz. Small retailers whose annual income and turnover does not exceed Rs 36,000.00 and Rs 350,000.00 respectively should pay Rs 600.00 per annum as fixed income tax for three years after which selective tax audit was to be carried for the continuation of fixed tax for another three years. This concept was, however, rejected by the Fixed Tax Committee since it was considered “against the basic principles of taxation of income and that the response from public and traders was far less enthusiastic than expected”. The Tax Reform Committee of 1991, nevertheless, proposed the fixed tax to reach the hard-to-tax groups and to facilitate small traders to comply with their tax obligations.
    Pakistan has experimented with the ‘presumptive basis’ of income, flat tax rates and fixed taxes .Policy-makers have either treated the withholding taxes as the discharge of final tax liability; or adjusted them upward or downward; or treated the turnover as deemed income subject to an ad hoc tax rate without any consideration of the type, size, corporate status, profit margins, etc. For instance, in case of the minimum tax of 0.5 percent of turnover for companies and registered firms the rate does not reflect any objective basis. At the present corporate tax rate of 45 percent of net income, imposition of the 0.5 percent tax rate assumes an average net income of 1.1 percent of the turnover which is completely unrealistic.Secondly, while in principle, these measures Should expand the size of the tax base, raise total revenues, improve both horizontal and vertical equity and produce gains in economic neutrality, in Pakistan’s case, the efforts at introducing presumptive taxation have taken the form of special tax regimes which have just the opposite effect, viz. presumptive income base, schedular taxes, minimum taxation, fixed taxes, etc.
    Pakistan needs to be focused and structure its tax base that is consumer friendly & best for the exchequer too.Two, it MUST be structured to ensure tax evaders do NOT evade the tax net.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 10:55 am

      YES BRO SAMEEH
      YOU SAID IT. WE HAVE A GREAT FIN MIN (SENATOR DR HAFIEZ SHAIKH). WILL HE BE ABLE TO PUT SENSE IN THE MINDS OF PARLIAMENTARIANS, BUREAUCRACY, ARMED FORCES, AND BUSINESS COMMUNITY THAT WE ARE UP E.COLI CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE AND THE TIME TO WAKE UP HAS ALREADY ELAPSED?
      THE ANSWER IS NO. THE VESTED INTERESTS WILL MAKE MINCEMEAT OF THE GOOD DOCTOR’S POLICIES

  • Tarun  On August 16, 2010 at 8:34 am

    The problem is with your PEOPLE.Corrupt, inefficient, “mutlabi” to the core. You need to kill all Pakistanis & rehabilitate better blood here for anything to work in your country.
    Jai Krishan Ki!

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

      TARUN JI.
      UNFORTUNATELY YOU AND YOUR ILK HERE IN PAKISTAN CANNOT STOP THEMSELVES FROM CRITICIZING ONE ANOTHER’S COUNTRY. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN INDIA AND PAKISTAN WHO DONT WANT PEACE, WHO DONT WANT TRADE, WHO DONT WANT PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE CONTACT, WHO DONT WANT SAARC TO BE THE AVENNUE FOR ECONOMIC PROSPERITY OF OUR COUNTRIES AND OUR CITIZENS.
      IS INDIA CORRUPTION-FREE? UTOPIA? COME ON. LET US FIND WAYS TO REALLY HAVE AMAN KI ASHA.
      I HAVE BEEN A FERVENT SUPPORTER OF PAK-INDIA TRADE EVEN WHEN THIS WAS CONSIDERED HERESY IN THE SUB-CONTINENT. I CAN POST MY ARTICLES IF MODERATOR AGREES.
      WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT ALL THE FINE INDIANS I MET EITHER IN USA AT MY UNIVERSITY, OR AT CONFERENCES, OR AT ECONOMIC FORUMS, OR EVEN ON VISITS TO INDIA.
      I AM SURE THAT THE WORLD WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE IF PEOPLE LIKE YOU ARE CLEANSED OF THEIR VENOM, THEIR BIGOTRY, THEIR UNCOUTH BEHAVIOR, THEIR FEINDISH MENTALITY, THEIR BAL THACKERAY JINGOISM, AND THEIR HATRED ON RELIGIOUS COMPULSIONS.
      LET A THOUSAND FLOWERS BLOOM. LET THE SUN SHINE IN.
      WOULDN’T IT BE BETTER IF YOU HAD TALKED ABOUT THE ECONOMY RAHTER THAN PREJUDICES? THINK ABOUT IT.
      “HUM KHUSHBOO KE SAUDAGAR HAIN AUR SAUDA SACHA KARTAY HAIN . . . . . JO GHAHAK PHOOLON JAISA HO, HUM BIN DAAMON BIK JATAY HAIN”

      • Tarun  On August 16, 2010 at 9:51 am

        My “ilk” knows who exports terrorism, corruption to the degree in Pakistan is practised nowhere, barring Nigeria. NOT my beautiful India.
        Amn ki Asha will never be a reality, till terrorism is exported from your country, neither can we have trade or a reasonable relationship.This is not bigotry.This is reality.
        Jai Krishin ki!

      • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 11:05 am

        TARUN JI
        NOTWITHSTANDING DAVID CAMERON’S FAUX PAS AND HIS JUVENILE COMMENT IN BANGLORE (A SALESMAN SELLING HIS COMPANY’S WARES???) HE PLAYED TO THE GALLERY AND COUGHED UP THIS IDIOTIC COMMENT. NO SIREE BOB. WE EXPORT GOODS AND SERVICES NOT TERRORISM. ALL THESE TERRORISTS HAVE TRESPASSED INTO OUR LAND FROM OTHER COUNTRIES.
        PAKISTAN IS GETTING BLAMED BECAUSE OUR IMAGE-MAKERS ARE IMBECILE AND MYOPIC. YOU HAVE YOUR AISHWARIAS AND MALIKAS TO WOO THE FOREIGNERS. NOTHING MUCH ELSE YOU CAN OFFER. OF COURSE, INDIA IS BIG SO INDIA HAS MORE RESOURCES. YES, YOU HAVE A GREAT PRIMNE MINISTER, THOUGH AT TIMES HE IS A WIMP.
        AS I STATED EARLIER, YOU AR EYOUR ILK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER CANNOT COMPREHEND TRADE AND FREE MOVEMENT BECUASE IT HURTS YOUR OWN VESTED INTERESTS. YOU ARE BEING SELF-CENTERED. COUNTRY COMES FIRST. YOU HAVE TO COME OUT OF THE RAT-HOLE AND SMELL THE FRAGRANCE OF PEACE, LOVE, AND HAPPINESS. BUT YOU CANT. IT IS NOT IN YOUR MINDSET. YOU LOVE ATTACKS AND YOU LOVE TO GO TO DIFFERENT SITES WHERE EVERYONE IS TALKING HIGHLY OF PAKISTAN AND THE PAKISTANI PEOPLE AND YOU MAKE SURE THAT YOU DROP YOUR TURD IN THE CORNER.
        FINAL NOTE BUDDY BOY: BUSINESS WILL FLOURISH WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT. PAKISTAN IS THE BEST THING THAT HAS HAPPENED TO INDIA. THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Wajahat  On August 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Pakistan, whose economy has been roiled by galloping inflation, power shortages, the withdrawal of foreign funds, and the rapid depreciation of its currency, faces a severe balance of payments crisis. At the end of October, the Pakistani central bank held foreign reserves of just $3.71 billion, less than the country’s September import bill of $3.8 billion.
    (LAST OCTOBER).
    Talks between Pakistani and IMF officials were held for ten days in Dubai at the end of October. Press reports say that Pakistan sought more than $9 billion in loans over two to three years. In return, Islamabad agreed to a long series of IMF conditions, including a 20 percent cut in all “non-development spending” of civil departments and federal ministries, non-provision of supplementary funds to government departments, abolition of energy price subsidies, the gradual imposition of Central Excise Duty (CED) at the rate of 8 to 18 per cent on the service and agriculture sectors, and the devaluation of the rupee in US dollar terms by six to seven percent.

    The IMF was also said to be demanding reducing the number of government jobs that provide a pension from 350,000 to 120,000.Pakistani state spending on education and health care are, it need be noted, already among the lowest in the world—respectively 2.7 and .75 percent of GDP. One estimate puts combined per capita Pakistani public expenditure on education and health care at $23, as compared with $34 per capita spending on Pakistan’s politically powerful military.
    So what happened Aziz?
    Chor ate the monies? Evaded tax(Since Bha Nawaz only gave Rs 5000 in taxes in the last count) what do you expect? No efforts can bear fruit in this atmosphere?

  • Ghulam Rabbani Khan  On August 16, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Majyd Saheb,
    Your thought process is backed by a hard experience as to how the business is conducted. More than that as President of the Chamber of Commerce, you must have been coming to understand the various problems this precious community faces in production and than marketing ensuring quality products.
    The solution to this chaotic behavior of various organizations of the government have been compounded because of incompetent and corrupt sifarshis in every organization. When a custom officer or Senior police officer posting price may be between 3 to 5 million rupees, he has to recover this from some where. not that I have an obsession for Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh but unfortunately for our country, he is the only uncorruptable Economist of great reputation and experience.
    Let the tremendous pressure which had landed on his table due to the flood we shall organize an event sometime in end of September where he was suppose to speak for an hour or more on the subject I had proposed REDISCOVERING PAKISTAN AS ENVISIONED BY OUR QUAID IN HIS HISTORICAL ADDRESS TO THE FIRST CONSTITUENT ASSEMBLY OF PAKISTAN ON 11TH OF AUGUST 1947”
    This event was planned on 11th of August but had to be deferred as he had to visit Washington for IMF meeting.
    In this gathering, we shall have INSHALLAH at least 250 guests from various segments and at least 2 hours question answer session to prepare a comprehensive document for implementation as FBR, Customs, State Bank and other tax recovery departments all come under his domain.
    Majyd Saheb, please continue your fine work of creating awareness about the problems as we all are individually and collectively responsible to protect and promote our country. GRK

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 11:12 am

      GRK
      I TOTALLY ENDORSE YOUR VIEWS ABOUT DR HAFIEZ SHEIKH. I KNOW HIM FOR MANY MNAY YEARS AND HE IS CLEAN. HE AIN’T TAINTED. HE IS FOCUSED AND HE KNOWS HIS JOB. MY ONLY CONCERN IS THAT WILL HE BE ALLOWED WORKING SPACE TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE AND INTRODUCE FISCAL DISCIPLINE.
      WHEN HE GOES TO IMF IN WASHINGTON, HE SHOULD TAKE A DELEGATION OF BUSINESSMEN ALONGWITH HIM TO LOBBY IN WASHINGTON. THIS WILL DEMONSTRATE DETERMINATION AND PRAGMATISM.
      HE WILL HAVE ANOTHER ABLE PERSON WITH HIM. HE IS YASIN ANWER, ACTING GOVERNOR OF STATE BANK OF PAKISTAN. WHY DOESN’T THE GOVT MAKE HIM GOVERNOR. HE IS LOT BETTER THAN SOME OF THE PAST ONES WE TRIED.

      YOUR CONFERENCE IS A SUPERB IDEA. PLS DO LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU ARE HAVING IT. TOGETHER “WE SHALL OVERCOME”

  • Parvez Amin  On August 16, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Those in power know exactly what they are doing and why – for their own selfish benefits. We must get them out of power before things will get better.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 10:22 am

      THEY WILL REMAIN IN POWER AND SO WILL THEIR SONS AND NEPHEWS AND OF COURSE THEIR DAUGHTERS TOO AS LONG AS THE 175 MILLION DENIZENS DO NOT SHED THEIR APATHY AND THEIR DELUSIONS.
      THIS WILL NOT HAPPEN SOON. THE EMANCIPATION FROM THE CLUTCHES OF THESE RULERS IS DECADES AWAY. MEANTIME, THE CASTRATED MODE OF PAKISTANIS WILL REMAIN AS IT IS.

  • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 9:47 am

    IMF AGREED TO LEND A NOTCH OVER US$ 11 BILLION. ABOUT $8 HAS BEEN IN OUR COFFERS. THE FLOODS HAVE DENTED ALL PLANS OF THE GOVT AND NOW MIN FIN AND IMF ARE MEETING AGAIN TO REVIEW THE SITUATION. PAKISTAN NEEDS, IN MY OPINION, ATLEAST $ 7 OR 8 BILLION FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND FOR THE CROP LOSSES ETC.
    WHAT WILL BE THE TERMS THIS TIME? WHEN SHAUKAT TARIN NEGOTIATED WITH IMF WE WERE BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA. TODAY WE UNDER THE SEA. OF COURSE, WE WILL GET MORE LOANS BUT WOULD FOREIGN COUNTRIES WHOM WE OWE ARE WILLING TO TURN THEIR LOANS INTO GRANTS. THEY MAY BUT WHENEVER PAKISTAN IS IN NEED, THE WORLD DEMANDS A QUID PRO QUO.
    OF COURSE, NO MATTER HOW SAINTLY NAWAZ SHARIF AND GILLANI ARE AND HOW THEY HAVE ANNOUNCED THE FORMATION OF A COUNCIL COMPRISING JUSTICE BHAGWANDAS, EDHI, GOVERNOR FAKHRUDDIN G EBRAHIM ET AL., THE CYNICAL VIEW IS THAT AFTER ALL THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECTS WOULD BE DONE BY THE SAME PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALWAYS MADE A MESS OF SUCH PROJECTS.
    NDMA IS A DIASTER IN ITSELF. ERRA IS ON TENTERHOOKS. THE PROVINCIAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT AUTHORITIES ARE A MACABRE JOKE. WHO WILL DO IT?

    PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE COSMETIC REDUCTION OF THE BLOATED GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES. OR THEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO PIA/PAKISTAN STEEL/OGDC OR SOME OTHER MONEY-GUZZLERS. SOME MAY BE SENT TO OTHER PROVINCES AND VOILA THE MIN FIN WILL ANNOUNCE THAT IMF TARGET ACHIEVED.

    OH BY THE WAY, OUR FOREX RESERVES INCLUDE THE IMF LOANS TOO. HOW DID WE GET 16 BILLION SMACKERS IN THE COFFERS OVERNIGHT?
    OUR TRAADE DEFICIT IS $10/12 BILLION. WE IMPORT EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN. WE HAVE BARELY REACHED $ 19 BILLION IN EXPORTS. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO.

    • Tarek Rahman  On August 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

      Sir ji You well know these Councils are dash all. Money will be collected in the coffers to be dished out between them.Hardly anything if anything at all,will get to those who deserve it OR be sold where it is supposed to.You are correct,these very persons are responsible to distribute/construct who made a mess of it before.Sub bakwas hai.Khaoo hain sub.

  • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 16, 2010 at 11:16 am

    YES TAREK. THIS IS THE MAIN FEAR. THE WORLD WILL CHECK OUT THE COUNCIL MEMBERS, AGREE THAT THEY ARE ALL KOSHER, DISH OUT THE DONATIONS, BUT THEN WHAT??? WHO WILL PLAN THE PROJECTS? ERRA AND NDMA OR SOME NGO??

    I WOULD ADIVSE THAT INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, PAKISTAN ENGINEERING COUNCIL, AND OTHER EXPERTS BE INVOLVED IN PROJECT-PLANNING. THIS WOULD REDUCE DEPENDENCE ON THEIR PRESENT LOT WHO HAVE THEIR OWN WAYS OF DESIGNING PROJECTS. MAYBE THEN, JUST MAYBE THEN, WE MAY SEE PROGRESS AND WE MAY SEE REAL RECONSTRUCTION AND REHABILITATION. OTHERWISE, GIVE THE MONEY TO THE BENAZIR BHUTTO INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAM . . . . AND THEN LET IT BE MAUJA HEE MAUJA.

  • Qamar Taseer  On August 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Majyd Sahib
    WHO WILL BELL THE CAT?

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:07 am

      YES SIR. THE ONES WHO SHOULD BELL THE CAT ARE AFRAID OF THE CAT IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN

  • Shehkar  On August 16, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Qamar: ROBINHOOD????
    Hehehe.
    Poor Pakistan.
    Tarun YOU ARE RIGHT.
    Jai Ram Ji ki.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:08 am

      BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER.
      JAI PAK-HIND TRADE

  • naveed tajammal  On August 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    But for the, the venom of the two trolls here,shehkar & tarun, Majeed sahib, you have written an excellent article and are defending your point of view with logic,though i beg to disagree with the philosophy of the Aman ki Asha.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

      NT
      THANX. I DO AGREE THAT AMAN KI ASHA HAS ITS OWN AGENDA. MY POINT IS THAT EVERY BIT HELPS.
      LOOK AT INDIA-CHINA BILATERAL TRADE. FROM A PITTANCE IT WILL EXCEED US$ 60 BILLION THIS YEAR. ITS A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR BOTH THE JUGGERNAUTS. THEY HAVE NOT MADE TRADE AND INVESTMENT HOSTAGE TO CONTENTIOUS ISSUES. THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY OPINION. THEY ARE RESOLVING/RESOLVED SIKKIM, TIBET, NEFA. WE ARE SHACKLED BY VESTED INTERESTS WHO WILL SEE THEIR APPLECART UPSET IF TRADE FLOURISHES, IF THERE IS PEACE, AND IF THE INDIAN CRICKET TEAM COMES TO PLAY IN PAKISTAN ALONGWITH A TROUPE OF BOLLYWOOD’S FINEST

  • Saiqa Rohail  On August 16, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Zabardast article. Good logic, Implementable suggestions.

  • Mumtaz Paracha  On August 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Majyd Aziz has been actively involved in the affairs of the business and industry for decades now. I agree with him 100% on his statement that Pakistan needs a better business environment. Domestic as well as foreign investment is absolutely no problem. Money can buy the best technology and equipment from any where on earth. It is only the private sector that can take Pakistan to new heights of progress and prosperity. Nowhere in the world,is public sector as successful as the private sector in commercial operations. In Pakistan, it is the worst. I have yet to find one large-scale commercial or industrial enterprise progressing and prospering in public sector in Pakistan.

    It is again the private sector that will have to come forward and demand what is needed to be done to induce domestic and foreign investment.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:18 am

      I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR.
      FOR TOO LONG WE HAVE BEEN JUST MAKING POLICIES BUT NOT IMPLEMENTING THEM. I ONCE TOLD MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO THAT FOR TOO LONG THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN DEMANDING THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD DO THIS OR THAT BUT NO ONE LISTENS. I SAID IF YOU COME TO POWER, JUST FOR A CHANGE DO AS WE RECOMMEND. IF IT WORKS, VOILA. IF NOT, THEN BLAME US AND ENFORCE YOUR OWN POLICIES. NAWAZ SHARIF, WHEN IN POWER, TALKS ONE THING AND ACTS IN ANOTHER WAY. I GUESS MOST OF THE CREDIT SHOULD GO TO SAVIOR OF PAKISTAN PERVEZ MUSHARRAF FOR HIS SUPPORT TO BOOST THE ECONOMY. WE ARE DOWNHILL AGAIN.

  • habib  On August 16, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    Majyd Bhai’s article and his very balanced answers make very good sense. I wish the powers that be would find some time to seriously ponder over very valuable recommendations made here. There is no doubt there has to be a regional economy with active ,harmonious participation of all players including of course India, if optimal results are to be achieved by way of economies of scale, marginal utility and synergies that are there for us to grab.
    I too noticed two trolls on these threads. Let them play around,… harmless but do carry some nuisance value.
    Great work MA Ji.
    HH

    • Tarun  On August 16, 2010 at 6:16 pm

      HH….what a quaint name Ech Ech.
      So Ech Ech, if WE are trolls, all here are midgets. Not physically you know but mental midgets who cannot accept truth.
      Ram ki Krippa say whatever has been said to the midgets by the trolls is true Ech, Ech!

      • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:31 am

        OK BUDDY BOY. IF WE ARE MENTAL MIDGETS, WHY ARE YOU ONE BILLION SOULS AFRAID OF US?

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:28 am

      JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR.
      IT IS IN INDIA’S INTEREST TO TRADE WITH PAKISTAN. IN FACT THE INDIAN BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS SHOULD ALSO INVEST IN PAKISTAN. MEANWHILE, INDIA SHOULD TAKE CONCRETE STEPS TO REMOVE AND ELIMINATE NON-TARIFF TRADE BARRIERS. INDIA’S BUSINESS INTERESTS ARE WELL-PROTECTED. THEY DONT NEED PROTECTION FROM OTHER SAARC NATIONS. EVEN THEN, INDIA IS SIGNING A FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH ANY COUNTRY WHO DESIRES SO AND INDIA IS DOING ONE EVERY OTHER MONTH. UNFORTUNATELY, PEOPLE LIKE THESE TWO TROLLS WANT TO CONTINUE UNDOCUMENTED TRADE TO PAKISTAN AND IN RETURN THEY USE THE WAGAH BORDER TO SMUGGLE INTO INDIA WHAT WE PRODUCE.
      OH YES, WE HAVE TO GIVE THESE JUVENILES A CHANCE TO COMMENT ALSO. THEY ARE ON EVERY BLOG. THEY ARE PROBABLY PAID BY MORONS SUCH AS THACKERAY OR SOME RACIST DOODAHS. LET THEM OCCASSIONALY COME OUT OF THEIR RAT HOLE AND DO THEIR THING. DONCHA WORRY.

  • Arif Khan  On August 16, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Notice when India was with the Soviet Union, it was a Basket case, now it is clinging on to the USA like China to sell its wares in form of Call centers and making Cheap Computer chips . It is still has over 450 Million living below the Poverty Line..They need to worry about its Poor Infrastructure, Water, and electricity and so many other issues like Filth , Smog etc instead of Criticisng Pakistan..Why is it that a Country like India who lives on Propaganda and Bollywood and unrealistic World throws more stones at Pakistan than any other Country on this planet..It is basically that they have adeep seated “INFERIORITY COMPLEX…… Arif

  • naveed tajammal  On August 17, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Well said arif khan,Indians in their quest to become a global power by begging and borrowing tactics , fail to understand that they,are building a structure on,a crumbling land mass,with over 500 million who cannot get a single meal, and 200,000 farmers who committed suicide due to interference of global seed companies,india is up for sale, with 1.5 trillion dollars stashed in swiss accounts, by the 22,000 odd individuals,who remain on the helm of indian affairs, the class of people who have always ruled india behind the veil,since 1947,the concentration of wealth has been the story of india,as firstly, till 1947 were the raja’s and maharaja’s now are the urban elites.half of india is on brink of revolt, the indian army in disguise of ,”armed forces special powers act” has since 1958 ruled india, it was the indian army laboratories which had created the famous suicide jackets for use in sri lanka,by it’s, hindu separatists,99% of indian politicians have swiss accounts here, a minimum needed to open is 10 million $,in the new Indian parliament 153 are either convicts or on appeal,accused of various crimes,the judiciary of india is excellent as it takes 30 years for them to convict a indian politician !!

    • Tarun  On August 17, 2010 at 11:58 am

      Mangtay to aap log phir rahay ho,one KERRY LUGAR BILL, then flood aid & where it will all go?In the thickly lined pockets of your politicians!
      Jai Ram ji ki!

      • naveed tajammal  On August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

        TARUN;
        remember it is the indians who released the waters by opening the gates of all their DAMS,inclusive of those india runs on the Kabul river,floods came down,strangely had it rained so heavily Afghanistan too should have been flooded,indian held kashmir too,your brahmans the vile creatures always,are busy creating problems for pakistan,you addressed the issue of funds,but not the rest of what is happening in india, eventually your federation will break,sikhs will be on your throat, manmohan singh or no manmohan singh,you are already keeping 54,000 plus sikhs in your jails all over india,after the infamous blue star operation in 1984,sikhs took the revenge on that score remember ?? your army personnel are banned visa’s for an entry in Canada, go to google and read what your hinduistan times has to say on that,these are those who were involved in killing muslims in kashmir, or were members of your famous ‘RAW’ which pays likes of you per line. on various sites.after what all the british left you ,even then,it, took you guys till 1974 to become nuclear,that too by starving millions to death,we started from ground zero,remember.you should be ashamed to be calling your self an indian,by the way which state do you disgrace ???? from your federation.

  • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:13 am

    JAZAK ALLAH KHAIR

  • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 17, 2010 at 8:42 am

    KHAN SAHIB.
    THIS IS THE WORK OF AD-MEN. THEY PROJECT “SHINING INDIA”, THEY PROJECT BOLLYWOOD, THEY PROJECT ANCIENT CULTURE. THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS BILLIONS IN PROMOTING THE COUNTRY. PAKISTAN-BASHING WHICH IN EFFECT MEANS ISLAM-BASHING WORKS TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. YES WE HAVE TO ACCEPT THAT INDIA DID THE RIGHT THING BY MOVING INTO THE USA ORBIT BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE BIG BUSINESS WORKS. AMERICA EYES THE GIGANTIC INDIA MIDDLE MARKET AND AMERICAN BUSINESS WANTS TO HAVE A LARGER SHARE OF THE PIE. BUT AS I STATED IN MY KEYNOTE SPEECH AT US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN WASHINGTON IN AUGUST 2007, INDIA CAN NEVER BECOME A FRIEND OF AMERICA. PAKISTAN IS THE ONLY REAL FRIEND AMERICA HAS IN SOUTH ASIA.

    AND THE STATS GIVEN BY NAVEED BHAI HAS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED BY INDIAN POLITICAL LEADERSHIP. INDIA IS RIPE FOR REVOLUTION. BREAKAWAY FACTIONS ARE GETTING READY FOR THE KILL. THE GOVT KNOW IT AND THUS THEY ARE USING ALL MEANS TO DISCREDIT PAKSITAN AND DIVERT THE WORLD’S ATTENTION FROM WHAT’S HAPPENING IN INDIA.
    LET ME ALSO STATE THAT I AM FOR MORE TRADE AND INVESTMENT WITH INDIA AND OTHER SAARC COUNTRIES. ISN’T IT TIME INDIA’S HARDLINERS REVISIT THEIR OPINION ABOUT PAKISTAN. MUST OUR LEADERS HAVE VERBAL DIARREHEA ALL THE TIME?

  • A.Kasamali  On August 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Majyd, I read your article and for the first time all the blogs. Ignore the Indians’ comments and do not respond to them. There are fanatics and idiots every where including Pakistan.

    The root cause of our problems are the feudal PARASITES ! For God’s sakes please DO NOT call them lords. My blood boils when the word ‘lords’ is used to describe or talk about them. They have held this country hostage ever since 1947 and there will be no progress until these people are destroyed but how or when this will be / can be done I have no idea.

    Best of luck in your very honorable efforts.

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 19, 2010 at 8:19 am

      YES AMIRALI I AGREE WITH YOU. ITS REALLY SAD WHY ARE THESE FANATICS (LUNATICS) SO FULL OF NEGATIVE THOUGHTS. I AM, ARE THEY SEXUALLY OR MENTALLY FRUSTRATED? DOES ‘RAW’ EMPLOY THESE IDIOTS TO VISIT EVERY BLOG THAT SAYS “PAKISTAN” AND REGURGITATE VENOMOUS HOGWASH ON THESE SITES? I MEAN WHY CANT INDIAN POLICY MAKERS GET IT INTO THEIR HEADS THAT INSPITE OF SO MUCH POVERTY, DEPRIVATION, CASTE BIAS, SECCESSIONIST MOVEMENTS, ETC, INDIA IS PROGRESSING. THEY WANT TO BE WORLD POWERS. BUT HOW? BY ANTAGONIZING THEIR NEIGHBORS? BY DEMANDING PRIVILEGES ON WORLD FORUMS WHEN IT IS NOT YET READY TO BE ACCEPTED AS A GLOBAL POWER BY THE EXISTING GLOBAL POWERS? INDIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THAT THEY STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO. JUST BECAUSE USA GAVE THEM A NUCLEAR DEAL, JUST BECAUSE ISRAEL IS STRENGTHENING THEM WITH LATEST SECURITY PROCEDURES, JUST BECAUSE EFFEMINATE ACTORS LIKE SHAHRUKH KHAN, SALMAN KHAN, AND WHAT NOT KHAN OR FOR THAT MATTER ANY OF THEIR PUFFED UP BOLLYWOOD DOLLS ARE ALL OVER THE WORLD, DOES THIS MAKE INDIA MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN, SAY, BANGLADESH?

      REGARDING THE FEUDAL OF PAKISTAN, THEY ARE LORDS BECAUSE THEY HAVE ENSURED THAT THEY ARE FIRST AMONG EQUALS. YESM THEY HAVE HELD THE COUNTRY HOSTAGE. REMEMBER THE MINISTRY OF AGRI SLOGAN: “APNA UGAO, APNA KHAO”. OF COURSE THIS MEANT THAT PAKISTAN SHOULD BE SELF SUFFICIENT IN FOOD. OUR AGRICULTURISTS AND FEUDALS TOOK THIS TO MEAN THAT THEY SHOULD GROW JUST ENOUGH TO FEED THEIR CLAN. LET TCP/MIN COM/ECC TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT AND IMPORT SUGAR, WHEAT, COTTON, AND GOD KNOWS WHAT ELSE. THE FEUDAL IS HAPPY WITH WHAT HE HAS. GET HUGE LOANS FROMZTBL AND HAVE IT WRITTEN OFF IN NO TIME. HALLELUJAH

  • Arif Khan  On August 18, 2010 at 2:45 am

    India has to realise that it is the MOST hated Country in the Neighborhood, China cant Stand them, BanglaDesh Hates them, Sri Lamka hold them resposible for Tamil Terrorists, Nepal cant stand them even when both are Hindu Majority Countries, Pakistan tries to make friends with them, but their ARROGANCE and Fake Superiority Complex stands in the Way…. They better take a serious look inside them as ALL Cannot be wrong….They need to come down to Earth instead of Floating on a Cloud

    • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 19, 2010 at 12:26 pm

      THANK YOU ARIF KHAN SAHIB FOR YOUR TWO POSTS. I HAVE ANSWERED SOME OF IT IN MY ABOVE RESPONSE. INDIA IS NOT ONLY HATED BUT DESPISED. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HER NEIGHBORS, INDIA IS A FORCE TO RECKON WITH. BHUTAN AND NEPAL ARE TOTALLY DEPENDANT ON INDIAN LARGESSE. SRI LANKA AND BANGLADESH ARE DEPENDANT ON THEIR EXPORTS TO INDIA. MALDIVES ALSO DEPENDS ON INDIA. NOW THE INDIANS WANTS TO CAPTURE THE AFGHAN MARKET THRU LAND ROUTE THRU PAKISTAN. IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, PAKISTAN GOVT WILL QUIETLY GIVE THIS FACILITY TO INDIA. CHINA AND INDIA ALTHOUGH DONT SEE EYE TO EYE, YET THEY WILL CROSS US$ 60 BILLION IN BILATERAL TRADE THIS YEAR.
      INDIA KNOWS ALL THESE AND IS TAKING FULL ADVANTAGE. BUT ARE THE SO-CALLED INDIAN JANTAA HAPPY? DOES ALL THIS PROSPERITY TRICKLE DOWN? WHAT HAPPENED TO ‘SHINING INDIA’? THE PARTY GOT KICKED OUT IN THE ELECTIONS. NO SIR, THE JANTAA IS INJECTED THE AMRIT OF FANTASY THRU BOLLYWOOD EXTRAGAVANZA, THRU DANCE/SONG PROGRAMS ON TV WHICH ARE HYPED UP TO GET PEOPLE’S MIND AWAY FROM THEIR MISERY.
      AS NAVEED TAJAMMAL MENTIONED, INDIA’S POOR AND DOWNTRODDEN SHOULD BE GLOBAL CONCERNS.

  • Arif Khan  On August 19, 2010 at 4:44 am

    Dear Majyd You are 100% Right when you say that Pakistan is the TRUE friend of USA, also USA’s Former Ambassador Wendy Chamberlain remarked at the meeting of the World Forum that USA is the best friend Pakistan has… Look at the Max Aid only USA has provided to Pakistan in its hr of need Forget the Earthquake? even now They are the Higest Contributor at $71 Milliomn as opposed to $1.4 Million from our “All Weather friend China ” and the USA will provide MUCH More… This is what the Indians cannot Swallow… Our Best friends are NOT DEMOCRATS but Republicans like Nixon, Raegan, Bush etc, People in Pakistan are NOT fully Educated, they think all Republicans are “Neo Cons” while less than 2% are Neo cons” I should Know I taught Political Science in America for 33yrs… The Indians DO NOT TRUST the Americans mainly because of Pakistan… and keep clinging on to Russia and France for Mily Equipment….Arif Khan

  • MAJYD AZIZ  On August 19, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    KHAN SAHIB THANX. I HAVE ALWAYS MAINTAINED THAT USA AND INDIA MAY SHARE THE SAME BED IF IT COMES TO TRADE AND INVESTMENT, BUT NO WAY THEY GONNA BE WHAT ONE WOULD SAY GOOD FRIENDS. INDIA BACKED OUT OF IRAN-PAKISTAN-INDIA GAS PIPELINE BECAUSE OTHER TRADE MATTERS WERE MORE IMPERATIVE. AT CANCUN, INDIA JOINED BRAZIL AND CHINA AGAINST AMERICA’S PENCHANT FOR GIVING SUBSIDIES WORTH US$ 300 BILLION PER ANNUM TO HER FARMERS.
    INDIA PROTECTS HER OWN INTERESTS. WHY SHOULD WE ALWAYS BACK DOWN? ONCE, YES ONCE, WE SHOULD COME OUT AND SAY, HEY WORLD, PAKISTAN IS NUMBER ONE. WE CAN DO ANYTHING. WE MADE THE BOMB!!

  • Arif Khan  On August 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Dear Mayjd I hope that day will come in the future but with these Horrible floods we are in need of ALL the friends we can get, even India has pledged about 5 Million in Aid after Opening the Taps of all their Dams and were the Main Cause of Floods in Pakistan( While Pakistan was Farting around and didnt even buildThe “Kalabagh Dam” which would certainly helped NOT Hurt the Present Situation.. Our Leaders have benn indecisive on this Dam issue and we are Suffering. Let us Fix our present situation without evaluationg the intention sof our veery “Few Friends” we have left, in which IRAN is certainly NOT one of them, as Ahmadinjad is too bust trying to Form a Shia Bloc and become its Leader, and couldnt give a “Damn” about Pakistan..Shah was DIFFERENT and he did a Lot for Pakistan…Like other Pakistanis who are in my opinion “Thankless” I always remember The Shah, when he brought for 90 F86E from Canada after the 65 War and Many such Favors while these “Mullas” have DONE nothing for Pakistan worth any mention……Arif

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