Wall Street Journal, NY Post, Pakistani Newspapers various issues, KMNY Los Angeles regular interviews. Dosheeza Digest (Urdu) cover interview (scans sought).
More interviews on radio in almost every month of 1996, various newspapers in USA since April 1996, Advance 7/96, and interviewed 12/19-25/96, McGraw Hill's TELE.COM September 1996, article in Far Eastern Economic Review . Additionally, regular TV and radio interviews are available to link from the main page of this server.
Click for Interview in the Advance previous year.
Click to read why IMRAN will not be an ISP
The Far Eastern Economic Review's April 13 Editorial on IMRAN & Pakistan Internet:
E D l T O R I A L
Behind every lack of opportunity you will frequently find a regulation, and the Internet is no exception.
Take Pakistan. As a developing country with a strong diaspora of overseas nationals Pakistan ls precisely the kind of country that would benefit most from the opportunities afforded by faster and cheaper communication. Unlike many oEer counties at its development level, however, Pakistan still lacks a live connection tn the Internet. And among the reason are the prohibitive costs imposed on anyone who would try by Pakistan Telecommunications, the nation's monopoly provider.
Not that there isn't demand. Pakistanis abroad have eagerly seized upon the Internet as a way of keeping track of events-and business-at home. In one quick visit to the net's Pakistan talk group, for example, we came across an overseas Pakistani in Auckland seeking help with a Karachi-Peshawar air ticket (PIA has no New Zealand office), articles' from the Urdu-language newspaper Nawai-Waqt, and a net-based service called the IMRAN Group that offers Pakistanis everything from the transcription and email delivery of handwritten letters to flower delivery and dollar-to-rupee money transfers.
Normally we might look forward to the privatization of Pakistan Telecom as an opportunity for the net to expand. But we wonder about government attempts to raise the value of Pakistan Telecom by guaranteeing the continuation of its monopoly. A call from Karachi to Lahore already costs about twice a night-time call from New York to Pakistan, and a market where one supplier can dictate such prices makes it harder for newer, more cutting-edge firms such as Pakistan's emerging Intemet providers to get off the ground. Let us hope that as the Bhutto team continues to make the economy more private they remember to make it more free.