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2016-06-24 06:34:57

An ambiguous foreign policy: Is Pakistan overridden by security concerns?

 

 

 Opposition parties criticizing the foreign policy of the government have said that Pakistan is becoming isolated. In their speeches on cut motions in the National Assembly today the opposition members said that economy should be strengthened for an independent foreign policy.The opposition members termed efforts of Foreign Office insufficient for getting membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group [NSG]. They said efforts were not made for export of Pakistani manpower abroad. They criticized the performance of Pakistani missions abroad to facilitate Overseas Pakistanis. They demanded that foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view the changes taken place in the region. Yet, the opposition parliamentarians’ opportunism aside, the questions they asked had a great deal of validity. With Afghanistan, Iran, India and the US, an alarming degree of emotionalism and unwelcome policy slants appear to be intensifying problems rather than solving them. Clearly, Pakistan has its legitimate grievances where those countries are concerned. The Afghan government appears to want to transfer blame for its own failures on the political and security front to Pakistan while doing little to address the issue of anti-Pakistan militant sanctuaries in Afghanistan. The possibility of Iran allowing its territory bordering Balochistan to be used to stoke trouble inside Pakistan is unwelcome and unnecessary. India seems unsure whether it wants to solve the terrorism problem that plagues the bilateral relationship or use the spectre of terrorist violence to not engage Pakistan. The US non-strategy in Afghanistan has exacerbated security problems in that country that the superpower appears to want to blame Pakistan for. But each of those countries also have their own concerns and grievances regarding each other.Yet, India is finding ways to partner Iran, the US continues to work with the Afghan government, and India and the US are attempting to take their bilateral relationship to historic highs, even as the US frets about market access to India and the latter drives a hard bargain on a range of issues.Somehow, and for reasons unclear, Pakistan is allowing specific security concerns to override positive aspects of relations with each of those countries. Geography is making us prisoner of our fears rather than setting us free to engage and grow.

pk.shafaqna.com

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