Need for a new foreign policy
IT is clear that America is prepar ing India to reduce China’s influ ence in the region. The strategic importance of India in the American view that can better protect the US interests in the area and China‘s rapid rise as a regional political and economic power with global aspirations is an important element in today’s strategic environment. From the appointment of the Karzai govt to the regular reports of massive corruption within the country, Afghanistan continues to be an experiment in US foreign policy. At no point could it been said that Afghanistan was on path to stability can’t blame that on Pakistan, anti-Pakistan position was reinforced with influx of Indian investments into all sectors of the Afghanistan economy. Afghanistan itself has shown no serious interest in being a partner for peace with Pakistan. Media outlets in the United States, have given a phrase against Pakistan – “duplicitous partner Yes Pakistan takes care of its interests before considering interests of any foreign nation and that of course any nation would do. Pakistan has shown amazing restraint in not carpet bombing terrorist safe havens in Khost and Nuristan right now Pakistan is dealing with its own internal problems; it has its own internal security issues.
Pakistan and China continued their efforts in bringing Taliban to the negotiating table even there was a flare up by Afghanistan. Pakistan hosted a meeting in Murree in 2015 with the representatives from China and Afghanistan to bring about Taliban for negotiations then the second time it was to be held in Pakistan when Mullah Omar died and there was crisis among their own ranks. For each and every little what is going on in their own circle Pakistan should not be blamed and it’s not only Pakistan’s responsibility to bring them on the negotiating table ,peace in Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan anyway then why is it always blamed for not doing enough .
Pakistan has already sacrificed with so many families losing their loved ones in war against terrorism; the efforts should not be taken for granted. With whatever goes around in Afghanistan Pakistan is the one to be targeted without realizing the fact that it has put in so much for peace and stability in Afghanistan which is never given any importance. Islamabad can put pressure on the Taliban leadership to sit-in for peace talks but it can’t negotiate on behalf of the Afghan government. The image that has been given to the entire world that Pakistan has control over Taliban is just a mere propaganda.
There are unrealistic expectations from Pakistan and then when the expectations are not guaranteed there is always a blame game going on the other side. The US has been accusing Pakistan for not acting against militants and making a tilt towards India. On the other hand US has an agreement with India on civil nuclear cooperation, but refuses to offer Pakistan a similar deal. Even after cold war era, US and India started working on their relationship and widened scope of cooperation and exchanges.
What we need to do is keep our national interest on our priority list, we need to be careful about the decisions and our relations states, and we need to revise our foreign policy. Pakistan’s ties with the Muslim world especially the Middle Eastern countries are an important part of its identity and ideology- based foreign policy. A reason behind China’s investment in strategically placed Pakistan has much to do with its revised approach to foreign policy.
— The writers is freelance columnist based in Peshawar.