Re­pub­li­can Rhetoric

Southasia - - Editor’s mail -

Your story on the re­pub­li­can pri­maries and the con­se­quent anti-pak­istan rhetoric was very timely and very in­for­ma­tive. For a Pak­istani Amer­i­can, I am ap­palled by the tac­tics and strate­gies uti­lized by pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls and while I feel that such rhetoric is un­fair, I am also con­vinced that it will not go a long way. It has be­come a prac­tice to is­sue harsh sound­bytes to gain ap­proval and votes but the re­al­ity is that very lit­tle is acted upon once the hopeful en­ters the Oval Of­fice. Such rhetoric makes for good rally- ing and it must be re­mem­bered that much of what is said is a re­sult of uninformed poli­cies, base­less knowl­edge and self-pro­jec­tion. While the is­sue is cer­tainly dis­turb­ing and has led many to ques­tion what a Re­pub­li­can lead­er­ship may pur­sue, I think Us-pak­istan re­la­tions need not worry about such dis­trac­tions, since such a sce­nario is highly un­likely. Repub­li­cans face a tough can­di­date in Pres­i­dent Obama and right when things are head­ing to­wards nor­mal­iza­tion in the ever-rocky bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, Pak­istan and the U.S must con­tinue with their poli­cies and pay lit­tle heed to side­line play­ers. Murtaza Naqvi

Virginia, U.S.

2. Your story on Re­pub­li­can rhetoric and how it im­pacts Pak­istan was beau­ti­fully pre­sented and high­lighted a bal­anced view­point pro­vid­ing both sides of the ar­gu­ment. As a Pak­istani, I am dis­turbed by the pub­lic­ity stunt car­ried out by a group that re­mains highly in­flu­en­tial in the Congress and is once again look­ing to oc­cupy the White House. Whether they con­sti­tute a ma­jor­ity or whether they will ever make it to the most sought af­ter job in the United States, rhetoric such as this is­sues warn­ing signs to the very sen­si­tive USPak­istan re­la­tion­ship. While it has been ar­gued in some ar­ti­cles in your mag­a­zine, that this is noth­ing but rhetoric and should not be taken se­ri­ously, the fact of the mat­ter re­mains that PAK-US re­la­tions rely heav­ily on mis­un­der­stand­ings, un­for­tu­nately trig­gered by mis­in­formed and rash sound­bytes. This could once again be the case. Pak­ista­nis take deep of­fence to an “ally” that crit­i­cizes them so fre­quently when the coun­try and its peo­ple have made in­nu­mer­able sac­ri­fices to fight­ing Amer­ica’s war. While the Re­pub­li­can view­point may find only limited suc­cess in the US, it is in­fu­ri­at­ing to see Repub­li­cans act in such a care­free man­ner. For now, it is for­tu­nate that Pak­ista­nis view the sit­u­a­tion with a cool head. Only time will tell, how long this will last.

Ahmed Mustafa Islamabad, Pak­istan

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