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