Today Pakistan is usually in the news due news related to terror attacks around the world or drone attacks that United States in carrying out against terrorists hiding in Pakistan.
Time and again Pakistani military has been found to be in bed with international terrorists due to revelations from WikiLeaks and with Osama Bin Laden being found in a house whose architect was contracted by Pakistani military officers to construct it in Abbotabad, which a military city in Pakistan.
Pakistan has out shined Saudi Arabia in being the epicenter of global terrorism.
However, now Pakistan is in news for its own version of iPad which is has been named as PACPAD. This tablet has been constructed by Pakistani Air Force.
Pakistani engineers made PACPAD with Chinese hardware as the Anti-American feeling in Pakistan and China have brought two countries closer.
“The original is the iPad, the copy is the PACPAD,” said Mohammad Imran. Imaran stocks PACPAD at his small shop in a mall that cells computers and cell phones, in Rawalpindi, a city close to Kamra and the home of the Pakistani army. The Air Force base in Kamra is the birth place of PACPAD.
PACPAD runs on Android 2.3, a Google-made operating system that is given away for free. In US dollars, its price is $200. PAC stands for Pakistan Aeronautical Complex.
While some people see this as a good sign and express joy about Pakistan achieving progress in technology, others wonder why Pakistani military had to work on PACPAD.
Jehan Ara, head of Pakistan’s Software Houses Association”I just can’t figure it out. Even if they could sell a billion units, I can’t see the point. The air force is supposed to be protecting the air space and borders of the country.”
Ayesha Siddiqa, author of Military Inc., a critical study of military businesses, “The defense industry is trying to justify its presence by doing more than just produce weapons. Some smart aleck must have thought we can make some money here.”
PAC’s website bragged about achieving success in cloning iPad and lauded help from China. China has been an all-weather friend of Pakistan and it has used its veto in UN many times when sanctions were to be imposed on Pakistan for sponsoring international terror attacks. While US, despite pouring billions of dollars as financial aid to Pakistan is seen as an enemy by majority Pakistanis.
Some people also see PACPAD as an answer to Akash, a tablet made in India which is being distributed among students. In US dollars, the price of Akash is $50.
It remains to be seen how much success will PACPAD achieve in terms of sales and how many people will be able to afford it.
Source: FOX News