Seeing a veritable opportunity in Pakistans current insurgency crisis in the northwestern areas, former chief of the army staff and ambassador to the United States Jahangir Karamat on Wednesday sounded confident about the country overcoming security and economic challenges with the help of international support. Speaking at Washingtons Atlantic Council, he highlighted the importance of political stability towards pulling the country out of current problems and voiced a firm confidence in security forcescapacity and capability to face off threats on the Pakistani soil. We are well on the waythere is enormous support from the US even though it is a crisis situation, it is still an opportunity because the whole world is ready to help Pakistan if it gets its own act together and comes up with proposals and structures of how it is going to use the worlds help, he told a gathering of top foreign policy and security experts. Gen. Karamat acknowledged the toughness of the challenges, particularly the economic woes the democratic government inherited last year. He also traced briefly the evolutionary process and the regional environment- on the countrys western border with unrest in pre and post-Soviet occupation era Afghanistan, the Iranian revolution in 1979 and the lingering Kashmir conflict on the eastern border with India - saying all these contributed to the situation Pakistan today finds itself in. He argued strongly that political stability assumes very great importance as Pakistan moves to address problems affecting it.We are going through a process of political stability - the president is in a strong constitutional position, he is elected - the government is elected, it showed a national showing , the largest party is in power - it has put together a good coalition, he said at the interaction conducted by Director of the Councils South Asian Center Shuja Nawaz. In this respect, he also remarked that the opposition and the ruling party are moving toward discussion on division of power between president and the parliament and felt a solution would be very helpful. Counting the positives that give Pakistan hope to ride out the turmoil, he particualry underscored the public opinion and media support behind the Pakistani armys anti-Taliban push in Swat. There is no wavering in that support, he said. The restoration of judiciary is another positive development, he said, pointing out that the important institution is in the process of reforming itself. Jhangir Karamat felt that the military will have to stay for a considerable period in Swat as situation transitions to rehabilitation of internally displaced pesons and move toward a secure environment when civil administration assumes responsibilities. He was confident that as the country move to a more stable civil-military relationship and we get more and more of the militarys institutional strength behind the democratically elected government, we should see (better) governance.