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An Interview with Mr. Rana Athar Javed, Director General Pakistan House, a Denmark & Islamabad-based think tank of International and Cultural Affairs.

Interview was given to Farheen Coudhary, Bureau Chief Islamabad for Media Blinks.

An Interview with Mr. Rana Athar Javed, Director General Pakistan House, a Denmark & Islamabad-based think tank of International and Cultural Affairs

Q. What inspires you to establish this think tank and how would you describe Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana Athar Javed: Today, Pakistan is passing through the most difficult time. Despite all the challenges, our people are resilient and are bravely facing these issues. There is a need to present solutions to issues such as economic, energy, security, terrorism, education and unemployment. Pakistan is blessed with very bright and modern youth which just requires correct advice and leadership. We are the NUMBER-ONE country in terms of educated and skillful human resource. Our cultural norms Pakistan have been central to the unity of a traditional value, I believe the old traditions can be revived in a way in which modern approach to combine Pakistan’s positive image with self-reliance and promote volunteerism. The description of Pakistan House is unique because we undertake and publishes scholarly analyses of Pakistan’s security and political issues.

rana-athar-javedLeveraging a global network of leading scholars and rigorous research methodologies, its publications compete in research quality, breadth, insight and articulation with the output of leading think tanks around the world thereby enabling Pakistan’s perspective to be presented at important fora around the world that provide input into national strategic direction and foreign policy.

Q. What is the Mission statement of Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana: Building Pakistan’s soft image and perception both at domestic and international forums is our mission. Pakistani culture and social harmony has been exemplary, but due to wrong international policies and coercive diplomacy of major powers, Pakistan’s image as a modern state has greatly suffered. Pakistan House aims at making a difference in the area of positive image building of this wonderful country, which is home of more than 190 million people.

Q. What type of human resources do you have at your disposal?

 Mr. Rana: “With the help of already established International reputation in the field of research and publications, Pakistan House will help build capacity, coordinate knowledge sharing, and networking with the professionals both in Pakistan and rest of the world (e.g. the US, Western Europe and Australia), so that they able to fully integrate their common cultural interests”. Pakistan House administrates and interacts with more than 1000 Pakistani professionals in almost all areas of research (e.g. medicine, energy, IT and healthcare).

 

Q. What are the main objectives of Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana:  Pakistan House is an independent, non-political and not-for-profit think tank, which ensures its objectivity and alignment with vital interests of the Pakistani State. It also aims at promoting Pakistan’s cultural wealth, with the objective to increase the country’s international status and role in world affairs. Such a purpose will directly impact the evolving relationships with major regional and international players.  Pakistan House is a registered organization in Denmark and is also registered as Trust in Islamabad.

 

Q. How to achieve the Objectives?

Mr. Rana:  By offering publications, reports, seminars and research projects, Pakistan House will encourage interaction between Pakistani and international academics and professionals. With the help of young and seasoned researchers, scholars and volunteers, Pakistan House’s forum is organizing seminars, conferences, workshops about understanding national security issues. The use of “soft power” and  to create better channels of communication between Pakistan and rest of the world, especially, the US, China, Turkey, the EU, Brazil, Argentine, South Africa and Australia.

 

Q. Do you plan to open Pakistan House in other parts of the world?

 Mr. Rana: Yes, indeed! We are already in a dialogue with Pakistani diaspora and leading figures in respective countries and we will soon open Pakistan House chapters in Japan, Malaysia, UK, US, Germany, Belgium, Turkey and Qatar, In Sha Allah.    

 

 

Q. What inspires you to establish this think tank and how would you describe Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana Athar Javed: Today, Pakistan is passing through the most difficult time. Despite all the challenges, our people are resilient and are bravely facing these issues. There is a need to present solutions to issues such as economic, energy, security, terrorism, education and unemployment. Pakistan is blessed with very bright and modern youth which just requires correct advice and leadership. We are the NUMBER-ONE country in terms of educated and skillful human resource. Our cultural norms Pakistan have been central to the unity of a traditional value, I believe the old traditions can be revived in a way in which modern approach to combine Pakistan’s positive image with self-reliance and promote volunteerism. The description of Pakistan House is unique because we undertake and publishes scholarly analyses of Pakistan’s security and political issues.

Leveraging a global network of leading scholars and rigorous research methodologies, its publications compete in research quality, breadth, insight and articulation with the output of leading think tanks around the world thereby enabling Pakistan’s perspective to be presented at important fora around the world that provide input into national strategic direction and foreign policy.

Q. What is the Mission statement of Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana: Building Pakistan’s soft image and perception both at domestic and international forums is our mission. Pakistani culture and social harmony has been exemplary, but due to wrong international policies and coercive diplomacy of major powers, Pakistan’s image as a modern state has greatly suffered. Pakistan House aims at making a difference in the area of positive image building of this wonderful country, which is home of more than 190 million people.

 

Q. What type of human resources do you have at your disposal?

 Mr. Rana: “With the help of already established International reputation in the field of research and publications, Pakistan House will help build capacity, coordinate knowledge sharing, and networking with the professionals both in Pakistan and rest of the world (e.g. the US, Western Europe and Australia), so that they able to fully integrate their common cultural interests”. Pakistan House administrates and interacts with more than 1000 Pakistani professionals in almost all areas of research (e.g. medicine, energy, IT and healthcare).

 

Q. What are the main objectives of Pakistan House?

Mr. Rana:  Pakistan House is an independent, non-political and not-for-profit think tank, which ensures its objectivity and alignment with vital interests of the Pakistani State. It also aims at promoting Pakistan’s cultural wealth, with the objective to increase the country’s international status and role in world affairs. Such a purpose will directly impact the evolving relationships with major regional and international players.  Pakistan House is a registered organization in Denmark and is also registered as Trust in Islamabad.

 

Q. How to achieve the Objectives?

Mr. Rana:  By offering publications, reports, seminars and research projects, Pakistan House will encourage interaction between Pakistani and international academics and professionals. With the help of young and seasoned researchers, scholars and volunteers, Pakistan House’s forum is organizing seminars, conferences, workshops about understanding national security issues. The use of “soft power” and  to create better channels of communication between Pakistan and rest of the world, especially, the US, China, Turkey, the EU, Brazil, Argentine, South Africa and Australia.

 

Q. Do you plan to open Pakistan House in other parts of the world?

 Mr. Rana: Yes, indeed! We are already in a dialogue with Pakistani diaspora and leading figures in respective countries and we will soon open Pakistan House chapters in Japan, Malaysia, UK, US, Germany, Belgium, Turkey and Qatar.

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Amna Karim is a beautiful model and actress. Amna is the daughter of former actress Andleeb, acting is in her blood. She started her career with modeling. Amna won a beauty pageant in 2008, She has modeled for various brands and acted in many commercials and dramas.
Name:            Amna Karim
Birthday:      November 18
Birthplace:   Karachi

Amna Karim
Amna Karim

How did you enter into showbiz?
I came to showbiz because of my mother Andleeb who is a renowned actress of her time.
Which is your break through project?
My debut was Kahaniya series of TVOne by Faheem Burney
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Best part of acting is that you can express all your emotions and also your hidden emotions through the character you are playing, which normally you don’t  not get to show in real life.
While selecting a role, what do you consider?
I a choose a role based on the importance of character in the drama and the depth of course.
What has been your most challenging project so far?
My most challenging role was playing a mentally disabled character in Bubble Meri Jaan. However, you will be seeing me in many challenging roles like these in the future as well.
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My favorite role was of Maala where I played a prostitute. I got a chance to not only act but also show my dancing skills.
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