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