LAHORE - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has refuted the findings of Failed States Index (FSI) 2010 with special reference to the misleading ranking of Pakistan. Giving a strong rejoinder in his letter addressed to Pauline Baker, president Fund for Peace, a US-based non-profit research and educational organisation, the Minister posed 24 questions focusing on the authenticity, validity and applicability of the survey done by the Fund for Peace and published by an international magazine Foreign Policy this month. In his letter, the Minister raises 12 questions indicating the validity of research methodology while 12 questions relate to the authenticity of the findings of the survey by identifying missing links between professed indicators and the ground realities of Pakistan. The Minister said at the outset of his letter that while the Fund for Peace has admitted that it has ignored certain countries from its data set on a confessed incapacity of data collection, it has not explicitly recognised its limitations to access, process, triangulate and analyse the data for countries included in the FSI ranking, which have led to some misleading findings, as it appears in the case of Pakistan. Commenting on the research methodology, the Minster sought from the Fund for Peace the bibliography and sources of data utilised to rank Pakistan as tenth failed state in the world. Re-examining these indicators, the Minister referred to the globally recognised corrective measures taken by the present government over two years of its coming into office. Musharraf is history, so is the de-legitimisation of the State. We are moving ahead. With economy showing recovery, investments improving and a just and legitimate system in place, growing population will become an asset as in the case of India. Fund for Peace (FfP) needs to revise its view of Pakistan and should start thinking beyond dictators whose emergence has now been constitutionally blocked forever by the people of Pakistan, the Minister said in his remarks on the indicator 'Massive Demographic Pressures. Pakistan, he added, had come back strongly from economic meltdown and an unpopular dictatorship. Pakistani economy, genius of its people and a broad-based consensus on the Constitution make this country a strong player in the region, he added. On the indicator of 'Massive Movement of Refugees or Internally Displaced Persons, Kaira said that Pakistan had effectively tackled terrorism-related violence in Swat and Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA), and citing transitory movement of 2.5 million people due to international wars as a factor for failure of the State was not appropriate. The completion of Operation Rah-e-Rast within record time (May-August 2009) and orderly rehabilitation of 2.5 million IDPs won accolades for the Democratic Government of Pakistan both within and abroad, he further said. About the indicator 'Legacy of Vengeance-Seeking Group Grievance or Group Paranoia, the Minister said there was no such legacy in Pakistan. Pakistan has withstood death and destruction unleashed by international terrorists but the fabric of the society is intact and the government and courts are dealing with security challenges. He said that the current democratic government initiated a healing process in Balochistan and elsewhere. Steps like Agaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan, acceptance of Pakhtun national demand for renaming their province, recognition of Gilgit-Baltistan, and inclusion of factors other than population in the National Finance Commission Award were some major steps in this direction, he said. About the Chronic and Sustained Flight of population, Kaira said the Pakistani 'Diaspora, or expatriates, like Chinese and Indian diasporas, was a big factor in the countrys economic development. Counting this as a measure of State failure is an inherent failure of FfPs model because it overlooks the nature of the system of globalisation, which works beyond borders. New computer lab at PU IT Centre The Vice-Chancellor Punjab University Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran inaugurated the newly-established computer lab at the PU IT Centre New Campus here on Monday which will provide internet access to a large number of faculty members and varsity students. The Director Planning & Development Tariq Majeed Qureshi, Director IT Centre Imran Qureshi and officials from other concerned departments also attended the inaugural ceremony. Briefly speaking on the occasion, the Vice-Chancellor said PU administration was continuously endeavouring to upgrade lab facilities and other infrastructure so as to prepare young graduates to face modern challenges and pursue rewarding careers in the globally competitive job market. Later, the Vice-Chancellor went round various sections of the computer lab and took keen interest in the modern equipment installed there for the benefit of the faculty and student community. The Director P&D Tariq Majeed Qureshi informed the Vice-Chancellor that the air conditioned computer lab, consisting of over a dozen modern computers, could accommodate 30 students at a time and was facilitated through multimedia and spacious sitting arrangements.