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8 Reasons Why Pakistan Should Participate In ‘Decisive Storm’ Ahmed Quraishi With one of the largest economies in the region, a robust culture, a large military footprint, and an impressive history of engagement on regional and international levels, Pakistan can and should assert its role as a regional power in Central, South, and West Asia, and as a force for peace in the wider area of Pakistani influence. Thanks to factors such as religion, culture, history, and human resource, Pakistan enjoys natural influence across West Asia. Pakistan should exercise this influence and play a role whenever possible and within reasonable parameters. The crisis in Yemen presents one such opportunity, where an armed militia has overthrown a legitimate government, and where the legitimate government has requested help from allies to defeat the armed militia and the non-state actors. There are six compelling reasons why Pakistan must embrace a diplomatic and a military role in the ten-country military coalition led by Saudi Arabia: 1. Pakistan Is An Old Player In The Middle East 1.1 Pakistan is one of the first countries to have contributed to the early United Nations resolutions on Palestine. 1.2 Pakistan provided its green passport to leaders of the independence movements in several Arab nations of North Africa. Pakistan did this in opposition to colonial European powers. 1.3 Pakistan helped in the stability of Jordan, and helped repel an attack on the Jordanian government by non-state actors. 1.4 Pakistan helped Iran in overcoming its diplomatic isolation after the 1979 Shia Islamic revolution. Pakistani embassies and diplomats looked after Iranian interests at several diplomatic postings. 1.5 Pakistan trained the armies of several nations across the Middle East. 1.6 Pakistan actively participated in Arab countries’ wars against Israel. Pakistan did this despite the fact that Israel did not declare war against Pakistan. 1.7 Pakistan intervened in Afghanistan in late 1979 after exercising patience for thirty years after 1950, when India began using Afghan soil to export terrorism into Pakistan. 1.8 Pakistan intervened militarily in Somalia as part of an international coalition. 1.9 Pakistan offered undeclared political, diplomatic and, according to some reports, military assistance to Bosnian freedom fighters. Pakistani assistance included weapons and training, according to some sources. 2. Domestic Problems Aside, Isolation Is Not An Option For Pakistan No one can stop Pakistan if it wants to isolate itself, and have no role to play in the region and the world. However, some politicians and opinion makers cannot use domestic problems facing the country as an excuse to withdraw from playing an important regional and international role. Here, Iran is a good example. It has faced a difficult political and strategic situation since 1979. This did not stop Tehran from getting involved in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Yemen, and now in several African states where Tehran is busy accumulating influence. For years, Turkey faced an armed Kurdish insurgency and bombing campaigns, not to mention a precarious domestic political and economic situation. But this did not stop Ankara from intervening in situations in Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Today, Turkey is involved in Central Asia, Egypt, Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and now Yemen, at various levels of engagement. 8 Reasons Why Pakistan Should Participate In ‘Decisive Storm’ Ahmed Quraishi With one of the largest economies in the region, a robust culture, a large military footprint, and an impressive history of engagement on regional and international levels, Pakistan can and should assert its role as a regional power in Central, South, and West Asia, and as a force for peace in the wider area of Pakistani influence. https://www.facebo ok.com/notes/ahmed -quraishi/8-reason s-why-pakistan-sho uld-participate-in -decisive-storm/10 152689891191316  (Apr 12, 2015 | post #1)

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Pakistan win Spectrum for Mobile Award in Barcelona

Pakistan wins 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband award March 04, 2015 SHARE : Atif Khan ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Tuesday won “The 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award” for successfully auctioning spectrum for 3G/4G services in Pakistan in the 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands, April last year. The awards was received by State Minister for IT and Telecom Anusha Rehman in the Mobile World Congress Conference, being held in Barcelona, Spain. More than 1,200 key government and regulatory representatives from around the world are meeting with industry leaders to discuss specific regulatory issues relating to innovation and development of mobile communications. This year, the Ministerial Programme has attracted more than 160 delegations and international organisations, representing all regions. According to a press release from GSMA, the Government Mobile Excellence Awards, this year, comprised of two categories. The first was government Leadership and second was Spectrum for Mobile Broadband. According to GSMA officials The 2015 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award was presented to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for its significant achievements in driving growth in the use of mobile services and maximising the socio-economic impact of the mobile industry in the country. Since the auction, there has been a rapid uptake of 3G services, bringing significant benefits to consumers and the national economy and providing huge growth potential for industry players including operators, device manufacturers, application developers and distributors, the officials noted, adding, the rapid roll-out of 3G and 4G services is boosting growth and efficiency in all sectors including education, banking, media, health and retailing, as well as being a key enabler for innovative e-services such as e-medicine and e-education in rural and remote areas of Pakistan, the officials noted. The Government Leadership Award 2015, was presented to the Government of Brazil and the Minister of Communications, Ricardo Berzoini, received it. Brazil was awarded in recognition of number of policy approaches adopted in 2014, which, underpinned phenomenal growth in the broadband subscriber base and have led to Brazil having the highest proportion of 3G connections in Latin America, the release said. While announcing the award, GSMA officials highlighted both countries commitments in the sector. http://nation.com. pk/business/04-Mar -2015/pakistan-win s-2015-spectrum-fo r-mobile-broadband -award  (Mar 30, 2015 | post #2)

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