Pakistan has really means diplomats though an underperforming diplomacy. Quality of tact mostly depends on policies. But diplomats do not make policies, a care does. And a care is still trapped in aged assumptions about a world, about ourselves and other countries. In some ways, we are still perplexing to safety a novella of a aged world.
Foreign process involves creation formidable choices, mostly between unlawful options. The misfortune choice we can make is not to make any choice. That is what we have finished many of a times. We have let others make choices for us. Yes, a family with China suffer a inhabitant accord and sojourn a success story though mostly given a Chinese laid down a terms of rendezvous and drew adult a extended parameters. And they did it so ingeniously it gave Pakistan an apparition of being an equal partner.
As for a other dual “friends”, Saudi Arabia and a US, they have attempted to buy a friendship. And this does not work, generally when we are traffic with a superpower, as it final too many and does not take no for an answer. The fact is that US-Pakistan family have been sporadic, focused on singular interests, and have operated in a context of a dual countries’ incompatible interests, priorities and policies. And that is a recipe for repeated tensions.
The Saudis however have no such compunctions. They work insidiously, and buy a loyalty not customarily of a nation though of a rulers as well. That is given a Saudi-Pakistan attribute has survived and prospered.
These dual and a half family have enabled Pakistan to contend a compliant unfamiliar process and given adequate domain of blunder to continue to live dangerously. You take divided these standing quo family and what are we left with? A whole lot of countries, generally in a region, with whom we have varying degrees of tragedy and conflict. Of march we can't censure it all on Pakistan. It does after all live in a tough community and has legitimate confidence concerns.
But Pakistan’s bound and unwavering position on India and Afghanistan, and a inability or hostility to understanding with what threatens these countries, like non state actors and a Afghan Taliban, has come to calcify Pakistan’s unfamiliar policy. And both India and Afghanistan have taken advantage of this apparent sluggishness and wrested a beginning from Pakistan. They have now ganged adult and taken a quarrel to Pakistan. Pakistan is so finale adult carrying to quarrel on 3 fronts — grappling with critical inner confidence hurdles and assembly a chronological dual front outmost threat.
You can't hoop critical domestic and outmost problems simultaneously. In this conditions countries customarily finish adult prioritising domestic hurdles and concentration on such unfamiliar process issues that are aggravating a inner threats.
Instead of fighting both India and Afghanistan we ought to put a family with India on a behind burner. Pakistan can reason itself adult opposite India. With a good veteran army and a chief capability Pakistan need not worry about troops hazard from India. Pakistan’s problems with India are especially domestic and diplomatic.
It is dangerous for Pakistan to contest with India by ancillary a Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network given it will keep Afghanistan destabilised. And an inconstant Afghanistan means inconstant Pakistan. Has Pakistan suspicion of a implications for CPEC?
The resolution is to concentration on Afghanistan not on India. India is there in Afghanistan given it serves Kabul’s purposes. There is a prolonged sour story of Pak-Afghan family whose roots go behind to centuries. Afghanistan has an temperament problem with Pakistan. The dual countries have a whole limit that Kabul does not recognize and has irredentist claims. They competence be providing sanctuaries to terrorists and insurgents handling opposite a other now though have harbored any other’s dissidents for decades.
For a past 4 decades, Afghanistan has seen zero though dispute and struggle in that Pakistan has been both a partial of a problem as good as solution. It is a badly messed adult country. A news by a International Crisis Group some time ago had this to say: “Afghanistan operates as a formidable complement of multi-layered fiefdoms in that insurgents control together probity and confidence viscera in many if not many farming areas, while Kabul’s kleptocratic elites control a engines of swindle and general contracts countrywide. The influx of billions in general supports has cemented a linkages between hurtful members of a Afghan supervision and aroused internal commanders — mutinous and criminal, alike”.
For Kabul to contend that Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan alone have caused Afghanistan’s disaster is so not true. Afghanistan needs to know that. Yet a sanctuaries have been a large partial of a problem. And Pakistan needs to acknowledge that.
Afghanistan has a problems and Pakistan a possess and they have brought them on themselves. But problems of any are now tied to policies and conditions in a other country. And these can customarily be addressed by essentially changing a Pak-Afghan family which, as someone said, is a mom of all a problems.
Not given a opening to China in 1963 has Pakistan shown any creativity in unfamiliar policy. Now is a moment. Show some creativity in traffic with this headache called a Afghan Taliban. Ask yourself if we would like to have a Taliban order in Pakistan. Why do we wish for Afghans what we don’t wish for yourself?
Pakistan should not design a Taliban to demeanour after a interests in Afghanistan. They competence do so though during a restricted cost to us. They will not customarily like to order partial of Afghanistan though also partial of Pakistan as well. Or during slightest assistance a radical companionship in Pakistan that will give them “strategic depth”.
Pakistan needs to get Afghanistan on a side. It will urge Pakistan’s family with a US creation it reduction receptive to a Indian propaganda. Pakistan of march can't chuck a Taliban underneath a train only to greatfully Kabul. But a dual countries need to have a heart to heart talk, put their cards on a list and start meditative about any other in essentially opposite ways. This discourse apparently will have to be brokered by someone both can trust. And who else though a dual many endangered powers — China and a US — one putting vigour on Pakistan, and a other on Afghanistan. Don’t rest on Russia; it is only fishing in uneasy waters, regulating it as a label opposite Washington.
Meanwhile conjunction a limit closure is a resolution nor is any divine and regular speak that has left on for too prolonged and does no good in a attribute as uneasy and difficult as this one.
Pakistan has good strengths and huge potential. Why is it jeopardising it by following obsolete and self-limiting policies?
Published in The Express Tribune, Mar 21st, 2017.2017-03-20