18 June, 2012
New York Times story: Coverage of Scandal Dents Credibility of Pakistani TV News
The credibility of the electronic media is at stake,â€ said Raza Rumi, policy director of the Jinnah Institute, a policy group in Islamabad. â€œThis is starting to look like the scam of the year.
On the future of General Musharrafâ€™s political career:Political analyst Raza Rumi said that Musharraf has an uncertain political future in any case.
13 June 20, 2012
In his opening remarks, Director Policy & Programs Jinnah Institute Raza Rumi stressed on the need for political parties to develop their existing policymaking capacities.
12 June 2012
In another article on the same roundtable (Express Tribune):
Earlier in his opening remarks, Jinnah Instituteâ€™s Policy and Programmes Director Raza Rumi, urged the political parties to enhance policymaking capacity with special focus on intra-party discussion on formulating policy that reflects the interests of the public, rather than short-term electoral interests.
6 June 2012
My name was mentioned in the list of participants in Islamabad Dialogue II, a conference organized by Jinnah Institute and Center of Dialogue and Reconciliation. Article here:
From Pakistan, Aziz Ahmad Khan (Honorary Vice President Jinnah Institute), Javed Jabbar (Chief Executive JJ Media), Khalid Mohtadullah (Country Director Pakistan IWMI), Ahsan Iqbal (PML-N MNA), Dr. Ijaz Nabi (Country Director IGC), Sardar Khalid Ibrahim (former MLA Azad Jammu & Kashmir), Sania Nishtar (Founder Heartfile), Dr Naeem-ud-Din Mian (CEO Contech International), Dr. Muhammad Latif (water resources and irrigation expert), Sardar Attique Ahmad Khan (former Prime Minister AJK), and Raza Rumi (Director Policy and Programs Jinnah Institute) attended.
26 May 2012
On deteriorating Pak-US relations in â€˜Afghan Endgame â€“ Lack of realism sabotaging Pak-US Relationsâ€™:
Raza Rumi, Director Policy and Programmes Jinnah Institute, concluded by saying that improvement in Pak-US relations is crucial for regional stability.
25 May 2012
On Jinnah Instituteâ€™s roundtable debate on â€˜Re-evaluating Pakistan-US Relationsâ€™ (The News):
Raza Rumi, Director Policy and Programs, Jinnah Institute reiterated that the Institute was attempting to promote an informed discourse on foreign policy in the country. He concluded the discussion by saying that improvement in Pak-US relations was crucial for regional stability; and more nuanced debate was needed to counter the emotional narratives on policy issues.
20 May 2012
On Twitter ban in Pakistan: New York Times article:
â€œTwitter is a place where fierce opposition to Pakistanâ€™s security agencies is expressed,â€ said Raza Rumi, a widely read columnist and an adviser at the Jinnah Institute, a public policy center based in Islamabad. â€œThere is a clear trend that the Pakistani military and spy agency get a strong critique from Pakistanis themselves, something that does not happen in mainstream media where people are generally shy to express such views.â€
9 May 2012
Jakarta Post story: Pakistanâ€™s rogue scientist eyes polls
Raza Rumi, director of independent think-tank Jinnah Institute, said the development was a tactic by the Pakistani establishment to divert US attention from pressing issues such as the opening of NATO supply lines and terrorism.
â€œDr. Khan’s active role in politics would mean the right-wing forces are once again consolidating their position in Pakistan,â€
On the devolution of Higher Education Commission (HEC):
Raza Rumi, Sr. Policy Adviser JI said that devolution presented newÂ opportunitiesÂ and challenges; however the Pakistani state was not deft at change management.
5 May 2012
On Imran Khan in article â€˜The Khan bowls too wideâ€™:
Raza Rumi, commissioning editor ofÂ The Friday Times, finds Imranâ€™s theory on the Taliban simplistic: â€œHe says the Taliban is present in Afghanistan in reaction to America. This is misleading and dangerous.â€
Raza Rumi, known blogger, maintained that â€œthe new media is giving voice to the marginalized youth of theÂ countryÂ and can help transform the society.â€
30 April 2012
On judiciaryâ€™s shortcomings in the article â€˜International Conference: Legal Experts focus on Judiciaryâ€™s Shortcomingsâ€™:
Raza Ahmed Rumi said that at least 19,550 cases were pending at the Supreme Court, while another 199,243 cases were backlogged at the countryâ€™s higher courts.
17 April 2012
Mainstream media black-out of 000s of Shiite Muslims who have been protesting against Shiite killings in Gilgit, Chilas, Karachi and Quetta
15 April 2012
In the article â€˜Cyberspace â€“ new battleground for political partiesâ€™:
Prominent blogger and columnist Raza Rumi feels that though social media and the web have taken the lead in communication, in a society like Pakistan, it will not be able to â€˜make or breakâ€™ anything. â€œThe use of the web and social media has increased tremendously but it is unlikely to affect voting patterns in the next elections,â€ Rumi said.
Two posts in which I was mentioned:
Last week, my spy in HarperCollins India told me that Pakistani blogger Raza Rumi is almost done writing a non-fiction book on Delhi.
â€œBetween Clay and DustÂ started off as an attempt to explore the life of a pehlewan (wrestler). The novel is intended to capture the relationship between a pehlewan and a tawaaif (courtesan),â€ said Musharraf Farooqi introducing the lead characters of his novel. He was speaking to columnist Raza Rumi at the Lahore launch of the book at National College of Arts on Friday.
â€¦To Rumiâ€™s comment about Urdu literatureâ€™s impact on his diction, Farooqi said it was meant to ensure that the (South Asian) readers could relate to the story.