Brigadier (r) Hissam’s “Hunza Development Forum” blog

A highly skilled engineer, a retired Pakistan army commander, and the former vice president of Ismaili National Council for Pakistan, Brigadier (r) Hissam Ullah Baig, has started blogging on various issues. Pamir Times strongly recommends its readers to go through the blog on regular basis. A link to the blog will also be added to the PT blogroll.

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  1. Thanks Brigadier retired Hisamullah Beg SI (M) for sharing this valuable information with PT readers.

    I do hope scholars’ students and mass readers will get benefit of this valuable site to explore our history, culture, religion, language, tourism and economy.

    Of course our young generation needs to acquaint the socio-political and socio-economic affairs of the region. It is one of the best ways to communicate values to our future generation.

    Thanks and regards

    Sharif Khan

  2. Public opinion now plays a pivotal role in policy decision making in Pakistan and more broadly across the developing world. No democratic government can hope to get away from the scrutiny of the public sphere, and it is important that policy formulation in GB must be subjected to proper public reasoning so that any development initiative that seeks to transform our destiny must be owned by the people whom it is supposed to serve.

    Within this context of the interplay of public policy and the role of civil society the idea behind Hunza Development Forum- HDF, is very much welcome. While PT and other upstart citizen initiatives are themselves examples and early indicators of great civil society potential in our area but all these varied and disparate efforts need an overarching framework and leadership to be really effective in decision-making circles. HDF can fill that kind of gap. HDF should aim to be a broad-based consultative public forum that takes into account, and incorporates all opinions and should serve as a consensus building platform. HDF should resist its conservative temptations and instead focus on repeating a radical approach towards, multiple issues of development (achieving equity ) politics (diffusion of power), investment (e.g. Chinese), and faith (sectarian harmony) etc…

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