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USA Elections 2008: Impact on Pakistan?

Posted on November 4, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, ATP Poll, Foreign Relations, Pakistanis Abroad
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Adil Najam

Even though much of the U.S. and world media seems to have already decided who will win the 2008 U.S. Presidential election, the fact remains that the elections are determined by votes, not by polls.

Much can happen between now and Tuesday. Including the (re-)discovery that the opinion polling is not an exact science. I doubt if that will be the case, but part of me is now fed-up with the over-polling in this election.

That means that maybe we should do an ATP poll of our own :-)



As has been evidenced in other posts of this blog there are Pakistanis who strongly feel that a President Barack Obama will be be more dangerous for Pakistan than a President John McCain. There are also many who think the exact opposite. And as the question in the poll suggest there may also be those who feel that no matter who wins things will get worse or, maybe, will become better for Pakistan.

Without losing sight of the fact that Americans will, and should, elect the President they think is best for America, not for Pakistan – and not withstanding my own expressed view that Pakistani-Americans will also be voting this time on their own domestic policy concerns and not on Pakistan’s foreign policy preferences – one does wonder how a new administrtaion in Washington (now that there is already a new administration in Islamabad) might impact Pakistan.

So, please do tell us what you think. And why.

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  1. February 22nd, 2009 2:06 pm

    Five regional cities should be upgraded with in the provinces in Pakistan. Regional cities of Dera Ismail Khan in NWFP, Gawadar/ Qalat in Balouchistan, Sukkar/ Larkana in Upper Sind, Jehlam/ Rawalpindi and Multan in Punjab province. These regional cities have been ignored by the federal and provincial governments although these cities have their own history, culture and languages. The people of these regions have to travel to provincial capitals for every small issue and requirement of the daily life which should be provided in nearby cities. A good number of population travel to big cities for their survival to earn livelihood as the local feudal own majority land. Creation of regional government and upgrading of the regional cities will save a lot of money and time of the poor people of these regions. Circuit courts of the High Courts are already working in these areas and only requirement is the additional staff of different departments involved in additional work at the provincial capitals. The concern authorities should immediately consider to upgrade the regional cities. And immediate attention should be given upgrade the airports, hospitals, educational institutes and investment opportunities for Pakistanis living abroad and foreign firms to create jobs in the area.

  2. samarth says:
    November 16th, 2008 1:59 am

    i am from india….i dont know if i am supposed to give my view’s on this forum….but what i belive is that..there should be increased stress on pakistans economy…thats the only way pakistan can become more confident and independent in making its decisions….pakistan should mordenise its nuke arsenal(just in case)..but should stop spending so much money on conventional weapon’s…and spend stuff to develop infrastructure…mordenise education to use its rich workforce…initially pakistans economy was doing better then indian economy because of freakin red tape politics…..but now things have changed drastically….personally i would have liked to see a economically strong pakistan…so that our leaders can feel ashamed and work for betterment of the nation……and i belive there has to be synergy between india,pakistan,srilanka,nepal,mynmar for collective development of south-east asia….we as nations may have many differences but i know that we share much more similarities then diff for 50 years we have been brainwashed against each other….it may take 50years to cement the ties…we were known as golden bird for last 2500yrs there is no reason that golden bird cant rise again from the ashes of time…like a phoenix……………….no offence to ny one….peace and love brothers

  3. Alveena says:
    November 9th, 2008 8:54 pm

    @ Amir Ali, I agree with you, all those people who are supporting these Taliban and making them heros are actually part of this terrorism. I can never think of supporting these people who are actually cutting the roots of our country in the name of their self created version of Islam.
    I’m not showing hatred towards the poor soldiers and low rank officers(Colonel and below) of army. That’s why i used the word General not Army. These generals used soldiers and low rank officers in their game of money. I didn’t say all generals but most of them specially the four i mentioned, as we do have good people like Late Gen.Jamshid Gulzar Kiani.
    Think of the role of Ayub, yahya, Zia and Mushraf and how they have destroyed our country and nation

  4. Hina says:
    November 9th, 2008 10:17 am

    I don’t and I don’t know anyone who expects overnight change.

    But the real point is that there will be an intelligent and thoughtful man in charge

    He should and will make decisions that are good for America and not for Pakistan. That is his job. But at least he is someone that you can respect intellectually even though there will certainly be decisions that we will not like.

  5. Aamir Ali says:
    November 7th, 2008 9:39 am

    @Alveena

    You are following the new fashion in Pakistan to show blind hatred towards generals and army, hoping that somehow something will come out of it. Let me tell you that nothing will come out of it.

    I am not aware of any Pakistani being made naked in Heathrow or JFK, though Pakistanis do go thorough special checking. And the reason for it is the terrorists who live in Pakistan and who so many Pakistanis support. These are the terrorists, when fought by the army, are glorified as “heroes of Islam” while the poor soldiers are condemned as “American dogs”.

    The politicians voted in power were done so by the people, so dont blame the generals for this. Jaise awam waise hukumran.

  6. November 7th, 2008 8:57 am

    @ Alveena

    Yes Generals have done a lot hanky panky but what present ‘ democracy champion PPPP’ government is doing . Adil Sahab has put a recent post of Bajrani and Zehri . Bajrani yesterdaty came on Capital talk yesterdayy with Dr.Hoodhbhoy and a lady expalining his ‘innocence’. Why to blame 170 million of Pakistan for such few mad fanatics who believe in such things and kill innocent shias, qadianis, sunnis etc .

  7. Aisha says:
    November 7th, 2008 4:59 am

    Many have answered the question with questions of what the USA under Obama Presidency will do for Pakistan. Others are fearful of Obama & Democrats and some others actually think that America wants to take over Pakistan. Yet, others are seeing the bigger picture….how democracy can work when citizens unite.

    I have never been concerned with what another country’s incoming president could do for my country. If we were friends, I would hope that if my country was being attacked or in trouble that they would help. My only concerns are that he/she is a person of “good character” and naturally I would expect them to have their own country’s best interest at heart but still I would expect loyalty. I wouldn’t expect them to do something for nothing. One hand washes the other. The USA is forthcoming with AID and help to those who prove themselves to be friends and ask for their help. America does not go anywhere unless asked or if world peace is threatened.

    Why should any country receive money or AID from the USA if they say one thing yet do another ? ie. A friend does not do that. Are you going to help capture these world terrorists hiding out in your country or are you going to continue to allow them to house terrorist training camps & give them safe passage through Pakistan? Obama did not say he would bomb Pakistan but he expects the President to do his job by capturing & stopping these terrorists in Pakistan or the US will as they pose a real threat to World Peace and especially to Pakistan. Don’t we all want the same thing?

    America has no interest in “taking” Pakistan. The days of conquering and capturing are long gone. America has viewed Pakistan as an ally deserving of AID and help. The Pakistani people are good but live under a primitive and highly corrupt government. America can tell Pakistan how to govern, create and enforce laws, the importance of education, healthcare and equal rights but ultimately they have to do it for themselves. Don’t forget, Pakistan has only existed for 61 years?! America wasn’t built in a day. Hopefully though Pakistan can learn quicker by US example.

    How do we have democracy in Pakistan and stop the corruption and violence when people are so fearful (and rightfully so) to speak out? Benazir Bhutto…a threat to those who don’t want the Pakistani people to have any control, look what the evil and corruption in Pakistan did to her! Does Pakistan need to have a civil war in order to make changes? Possibly. But, thus far the people have not united or done enough to take control of their country, are they capable of uniting enough to even engage in a civil war? You simply cannot sit back and expect things to change for the better.

    A partical excerpt from Obama’s counter-terrorism plan:

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