‘Pak­istan-US re­la­tions re­main sta­ble de­spite many ups and downs’

The Pak Banker - - 2 National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Renowned an­a­lyst cum Jour­nal­ist & Chair­man Pak-China In­sti­tute and Re­gional Think Tank Mushahid Hus­sain Syed has said that Pak­istan en­joys over­all sta­ble re­la­tions with the United Na­tions(UN) de­spite many ups and downs dur­ing year 2010.

Talk­ing to VOC, Mushaid said that there re­mained mu­tu­al­ity of in­ter­ests on both sides es­pe­cially with ref­er­ence to Afghanistan. He said he saw some con­fu­sion em­a­nat­ing from Washington and clar­ity from Pak­istan side which is a pleas­ant change in the sense that US pol­icy to­wards Afghanistan seems al­tered.

He said Pak­istan had done its home­work well and mostly the credit goes to Gen. Kiani in this re­gard as he has sub­mit­ted his com­plete doc­u­ment to US ad­min. which car­ries pos­i­tive man­i­fes­ta­tion of Pak­istan in it. He said year 2011 was a bench mark as many key lead­ers have been re­placed e.g. Hol­brook died etc. Mushahid said we have many self-im­posed lim­i­ta­tions with re­gard to our re­la­tion­ship with the US.

Re­ply­ing to a ques­tion he said US should not ig­nore core is­sues of Pak­istan as there will be more ten­sion in Afghis­tan and more drone attacks sub­se­quently will be ex­pected.

He said Pak­istan de­nied US claim of charge that Pak­istan is play­ing dou­ble game in the re­gion. He said we have di­verted our at­ten­tion to­wards Amar­ica for more mil­i­tary equip­ment to fight the drones so they should do the same weapons.

US in­ter­est in dis­man­tling the Tal­iban is very slow and charge that they are fi­nanc­ing by Saudi Ara­bia.There is a process which is re­quired to fol­low by the US to dis­man­tle the Tal­iban net­work, he sug­gested. Re­ply­ing an­other ques­tion about Kerry-Lu­gar bill Mushahid said this bill has last­ing im­pact as it has just not brought to us dol­lars but also brought grow­ers.

He said Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion is more Mus­lim friendly than the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion as they have shown much sin­cer­ity in many ven­tures.

He added that now the ground re­al­i­ties have been changed al­lot so the US govt should put for­ward our in­ter­ests and ob­jec­tives clearly and pre­sented them in writ­ten forms. There is a mon­u­men­tal fail­ure in US poli­cies af­ter 9/11.Its Amer­i­can armies which are fight­ing in Afghanistan while we en­joy good re­la­tion with Afghanistan, Iran and In­dia, he added. 2011 will be very dif­fi­cult for US as it will be a be­gin­ning of the tough elec­tion cam­paign for Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion and the is­sue of restora­tion of econ­omy is also a big chal­lenge for him. He has to choose ei­ther econ­omy or Afghanistan. -App

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