‘Pakistan & World Affairs’ is a unique addition to theÃÂ perspectives on Pakistan and an invaluable contribution toÃÂ understanding and analysis of the history and policies of the countryÃÂ and the issues that confront it. The book covers a vast spectrum andÃÂ is a veritable compendium of significant events and policy mattersÃÂ discussed and analyzed by Shamshad Ahmad, an eminentÃÂ practitioner of diplomacy who served in highest positions ofÃÂ responsibility and policy making, and of representing Pakistan. TheÃÂ book provides insights available to very few in the country and is aÃÂ treasure trove of information based on personal experience andÃÂ meticulous research that will surely inspire.further discussion andÃÂ clear understanding of our past and contemporary challenges.ÃÂ With its serious and balanced tone, the book is a refreshingÃÂ departure from the current discourse on politics and world affairs inÃÂ the country that is becoming increasingly polarized, polemical andÃÂ noisier. The opening chapter on historical background testifies to anÃÂ open and inclusive point of view opted by the author for his narrativeÃÂ and critique. He reclaims Pakistan’s past when it was the cradle of twoÃÂ of famed civilizations of antiquity. At the time of independence weÃÂ saw ourselves as a new country but an ancient land and part of theÃÂ continuing story of human civilization. It was only much later that anÃÂ influential segment of the society sought to disown ‘our pre-IslamicÃÂ heritage which only breeds prejudice and narrow-mindedness.ÃÂ Shamshad effort is a ,welcome reminder to open our minds.The book has an incredible spread and beyond history its.ÃÂ twelve ‘chapters dwell on as diverse issues as international politics,ÃÂ globalization, nuclear issues, the malaise afflicting the MuslimÃÂ world, economy, state craft and social issues. Yet there is a coherenceÃÂ in their relevance to the challenges Pakistan faces internally anaexternally.