Pak-US strategic talks strengthened bilateral ties
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.