According to Western media reporting, the trend lines in Pakistan are decidedly negative: the security of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal is in doubt, Pakistani politicians are unable to rescue the economy, and the India obsession of Pakistan’s military leaders ignores the threat to internal security posed by the terrorist groups Pakistan harbors. This reporting obscures a more nuanced reality, in particular, the complexity and reality of Pakistani society and the factors which are likely to shape a positive future. Javed Jabbar, a leader of civil society, talked about how the past and present merge and may separate to build a stable future for Pakistan and South Asia.