By Marat Yermukanov, Kazakhstan (12/18/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
The population of Kazakhstan had a good cause to mark on December 16 the eleventh year of the independence of the country with an optimistic mood. Many of the economic and social ills, such as non-payment of wages, the closure of enterprises, huge arrears of pensions, and unbridled inflation which pestered the country in the first half of the nineties, now belong to the past. The prospect looks bright in many areas.
By Dr.Zahid Anwar, Assistant Professor, Area Study Center, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (12/18/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Pakistan and Russian Federation are two important countries of Asia and with entering into cordial, friendly and trustworthy relations with each other; both states could ensure an era of peace, progress and prosperity in the region. The Pakistan-Russian relations have been marred by unfounded misunderstandings, which to a considerable extent still haunt the minds of foreign policy makers in both countries. In the changed international scenario, Pakistan and the Russian Federation should come up with renewed zeal and zest, forgetting Cold War bitterness and should actively cooperate with each other in economic, social and science and technology sectors.
By Alexei Igushev (12/18/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Nine Tajik journalists from the independent TRK-Asia and SM-1 TV stations in the northern city of Khujand, Sugd province were recently arrested after taking part in a TV talk show organized by the international non-profit organization Internews. The head of SMI-1, Mahmujan Dadabayev, received phone calls from army officials on 5 November threatening to kill him and shut down the station.
Six of the nine journalists were subsequently released, but three others, Akram Azizov, 21; Nasim Rahimov, 20; and Yusuf Yunusov, 21, are still being held in the Khujand military base.
By Maria Utyaganova, International Comparative Politics Department, American University in Kyrgyzstan, (12/18/2002 issue of the CACI Analyst)
Kyrgyzstan was the last but not the least country in President's Putin tour to Asia. Having paid official visits to China and India, the Russian president landed in Bishkek to discuss the current situation in the region with his Central Asian counterpart Askar Akaev. The Head of the Security Council Vladimir Rushailo, Defense Minister Igor Ivanov and Science and Technology minister Klebanov accompanied President Putin in negotiations on establishing closer Kyrgyz-Russian relations.
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