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   Geo News to air PILDAT Dialogue Series on Understanding Relations between the Muslims & the Western World
PILDAT-Geo Dialogues
December 30, 2008


December 30; Geo news channel is to telecast PILDAT’s lively dialogue on How Committed is the Western World to Democracy on Tuesday, December 30, 2008 at 11:05 pm PST.


The dialogue that took place between the Western Panelists including Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, UK House of Lords (Labour); Dr. Ashraf Choudhary, QSO, MP, New Zealand Parliament and Dr. Farzana Shaikh, South Asia Expert, Chatham House, UK and the Pakistani panelists including Dr. Rifaat Hussain, Chairperson, Department of Defence & Strategic Studies, Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad and Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Analyst and former Senator & Minister, and moderated by PILDAT’s Executive Director Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, has been part of the PILDAT Dialogue Series on Understanding Relations between the Muslims & the Western World: With Special Focus on Pakistan.


The dialogue sitting especially addresses questions such as whether the Western World is committed to the concept of democracy as a global ideal; does the West adopt a different yardstick when dealing with the Muslim countries; why Muslim societies are, by and large, undemocratic? Why Muslims do not democratise their societies instead of blaming the West for double standards; why, despite its rhetoric for democracy, the West doesn’t accept democracy that brings ‘Islamists’ into power and how does it justify supporting autocratic regimes in the Muslim World, etc.


PILDAT and Geo Network entered into an exclusive partnership for world-wide telecasting of the 3-part dialogue. The dialogues are conducted in Urdu language.