August 31st, 2010
12:39 PM ET

U.S. wins by helping Pakistan stabilize

Editor's note: Sharjeel Kashmir is an investment banker who works on financial derivatives and banking strategy in New York City. An alumnus of Harvard Business School, he also works with international microfinance institutions, developing their corporate and governance strategies.

It was Pakistan's birthday on August 14, and no one celebrated.

The monsoon floods that engulfed most of the country and affected 20 million people have added yet another burden of misery onto the shoulders of the average Pakistani. More than 4 million people are homeless. Livestock, crops and livelihoods were destroyed.

How far this once-proud nation has fallen.

In Urdu, Pakistan means the "land of the pure." It reflects the noble intentions of its creators to build a nation that enshrined the best of Islamic principles. Unfortunately, that nobility has given way to chaos because of bad luck, incompetent political leaders, corruption and religious extremism.

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  1. AJ

    Politics aside just do whatever to help the children and homeless. But its important that Pakistan stop investing in Nuclear weapons, F16s, Chinese fighters and weapons, French subs and concentrate on re-building their economy and infrastructure.

    Their inability to help themselves (govt) while lavishly spending on the above and sponsoring terrorism in the last several years has led to a situation where the world is hesitant to help...my close friend is visiting Pakistan and he gave me some real accounts about the help they need...its pretty bad situation.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. ibokay

    mother of a thief talks the loudest, son of a (habitual) beggar says what it said above

    September 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    And does it not say in your holy book also as in the Holy Bible that vengeance is the Lords only? LET GOD BE THE JUDGE OR THOU WILL BE JUDGED IN THE SAME MANNER!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Forget your sick ideology about Jesus and half truth, but to live under sharia law there would be NO love just hatred between the different groups which is what is happening now between the different Muslim groups!!!

    September 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Murali-Atlanta-USA

    Mr.Kashmir is no doubt a GREAT PATRIOT (OF PAKISTAN) and naturally has to FURTHER THE PAKISTANI CAUSE!!!
    But, the fact remains that US will NEVER WIN by aiding Pakistan (a lot of which goes to KILL OUR OWN BRAVE SOLDIERS), but treat Pakistan as TERRORIST NATION.
    Murali-Atlanta-USA

    September 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Murali-Atlanta-USA

    STOP BLAMING AMERICA FOR YOUR WOES PLEASE!

    Any amount of SUGAR-COATING cannot alter the basic fact that PAKISTAN IS A NATION THAT SUPPORTS TERROR as part of its OFFICIAL POLICY! In the process, if they face some losses it's treated by Pakistan as MERE COLLETORAL DAMAGE and people who lose lives are treated as MARTYRS....as long as the AID KEEPS FLOWING!!!

    It's high time we treat Pakistan as a TERRORIST NATION (as said by Afghan Security Chief recently) and NOT as a friend.....which it isn't and WILL NEVER BE!

    America has nothing in common today with Pakistan...PERIOD!

    Murali-Atlanta-USA

    September 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    I am sorry for your physical disabilities but you should also consider your mental disabilities too!

    August 31, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Jesus said he is the truth, the only way to the Father and that without his death the Holy Spirit could not come. This you cannot divide! 100% truth! Now you answer me why you cannot help your brothers and sisters in Pakistan? Are you getting ready for some kind of terrorist attack or something?

    August 31, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Why then are you not helping those in need there in your homeland and instead blurting out your bull crap here on the internet? And for your information all the assistance being offered by any country or charity asks for nothing in return except for kindness which is the reason for the assistance!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joseph McCarthy

    Please,people.Let's not have any of that Tea Party lingo blogged in here.

    August 31, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Joe,that's a very good idea you have there.I totally agree.

      August 31, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Mind your own business pin head

        September 5, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Riza Afghan

    One more pakistani SH!T begging for $ for pakistan.

    Stupid Pakistani F00KS + Terrorists.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Haris

      Very well said mate!

      September 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

    More right-wing bla-bla-bla about the "great" Americans and how they're helping Pakistan this time.How corny!!!

    August 31, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • tedk55

      Bubba,how right you are!!! Need I say more?

      August 31, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      That's funny,I don't remember the right-wing news media bragging like that about the Russians on how they rescued Poland from German occupation during WW2,but they did.I expect that some right-wing nutjob will try to say that it was the British and Americans who were responsable,but that wasn't true.

      August 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        Quite right,Larry.My hat's off to you!!!

        August 31, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Just how old are you pretending to be?

        September 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      All day long I keep hearing all this sickening bravado about how "successful" we've been in Iraq.How old it gets!

      August 31, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Bledsoe,I totally agree with you.I too get awfully sick and tired of all this right-wing bravado and how!!!

        August 31, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Mind your own business you suck-up.

        September 2, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Hey you Phunnie boy(Bledsoe),I know you're trying to be funny but can you kindly do it without the Tea Party lingo?

        September 2, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |