Searching for a Pakistan policy

Eight years after 9/11, Canadian policy towards Pakistan is still a work in progress.

Embassy Photo: Lee Berthiaume
Pakistan High Commissioner Akbar Zeb says his country wants the Canadian government to start working on a free trade agreement with his country, increase aid and lift arms trading restrictions.
Lee Berthiaume
Published: Wednesday, 09/23/2009 12:00 am EDT

On a cold winter morning in mid-January, about 90 academics, journalists, former political leaders and diplomats gathered in a room in the Ottawa headquarters of Canada's spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. While drawn from different backgrounds, they all shared one thing in common: deep interest or expertise in Pakistan.

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