Hu­sain Haqqani

Southasia - - Symposium - Pak­istan’s Am­bas­sador to the United States

Pak­istan sits at the cross­roads of Cen­tral Asia, South Asia, and the Mid­dle East and that puts it in the cross­roads of the con­flict of these three re­gions…but we are also ac­tu­ally sitting at the cross­roads of op­por­tu­nity for three re­gions. That’s one of the trans­for­ma­tions we ab­so­lutely, ab­so­lutely have to ac­com­plish. Lastly, Pak­istan needs to work on a trans­for­ma­tion from an over-em­pha­sis on faith, which is an in­te­gral part of our lives…no one can take Is­lam away from us and no one is tak­ing Is­lam away from us. It’s time for us to go be­yond this dis­course that some­how Is­lam in Pak­istan is go­ing to be in dan­ger. Is­lam is not so weak…our faith is our faith, we will keep it alive. And in­stead of that we need to get on with the busi­ness of ac­tu­ally mov­ing for­ward. A nation moves for­ward through its eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity, by ed­u­cat­ing its peo­ple, by build­ing in­sti­tu­tions of state, by over­com­ing the chal­lenges to its se­cu­rity, and that is what the Pak­istani nation and state hope to ac­com­plish.

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