Pak-US strate­gic talks strength­ened bi­lat­eral ties

The Pak Banker - - COMPANIES/BOSS -

Pak­istan-US strate­gic di­a­logue has fur­ther strength­ened bi­lat­eral re­la­tions.

And, Strate­gic di­a­logue was not con­fined to de­fense only; rather it has a broader spec­trum such as co­op­er­a­tion in econ­omy and fi­nance, en­ergy, education, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, law en­force­ment and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, se­cu­rity and strate­gic sta­bil­ity.

This was stated by ex­perts while talk­ing in Ra­dio Pak­istan's News and Cur­rent Affairs pro­gram. In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions ex­pert Dr. Huma Baqai said," Re­la­tions be­tween Is­lam­abad and Wash­ing­ton are on bet­ter foot­ing due to var­i­ous steps taken by Pak­istani govern­ment."

She said strate­gic di­a­logue was not con­fined to de­fense only; rather it has a broader spec­trum such as co­op­er­a­tion in econ­omy and fi­nance, en­ergy, education, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy, law en­force­ment and coun­tert­er­ror­ism, and se­cu­rity and strate­gic sta­bil­ity. Pak­istan was seek­ing fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion in en­ergy in or­der to over­come the short­age of this com­mod­ity in the coun­try, she added.

"Pak­istan lies be­tween eco­nomic gi­ants such as In­dia and China and that is why it has to strengthen its econ­omy," she ob­served. IR ex­pert Dr. Maria Sul­tan said,"Hold­ing of PakUS strate­gic di­a­logue in Wash­ing­ton is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment as it will fur­ther strengthen the ex­ist­ing re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries. In past, she said, re­la­tions be­tween both the coun­tries were lim­ited to se­cu­rity only, but in this meet­ing the co­op­er­a­tion in econ­omy and fi­nance; en­ergy; education, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy; law en­force­ment and coun­tert­er­ror­ism; se­cu­rity and strate­gic sta­bil­ity would also be dis­cussed. The Pak-In­dia re­la­tions and ten­sion were not the agenda of di­a­logue.

In­dia has in­volved it­self in arms race that would def­i­nitely desta­bi­lize the bal­ance of power in the re­gion, she main­tained. Se­nior an­a­lyst Dr. Hus­sain Sha­heed So­har­wardi said: "A min­is­te­rial-level Pak-US strate­gic di­a­logue is be­ing held in Wash­ing­ton in a pleas­ant at­mos­phere." The suc­cess­ful sixth round is the clear in­di­ca­tion that bi­lat­eral re­la­tions of Pak­istan and US have been im­prov­ing."

For­mer Am­bas­sador to US, Syeda Abida Hus­sain said: "It is in the best na­tional in­ter­est of Pak­istan to im­prove its bi­lat­eral re­la­tions with United States. Both the coun­tries need to co­op­er­ate with each other to erad­i­cate the men­ace of ter­ror­ism which is be­com­ing a global is­sue.

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