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    pakistan more isolated ?

    is pakistan more isolated due to its wrong policy in afghanistan? could not join shangai-5 groupings due its deep involvement in taliban regime which destabilises neighboring countries.

    following article examines the issue
    http://www.dawn.com/2001/01/18/ed.htm

    Facing realities as they are

    SOME recent developments in South Asia should provide food for thought for the government. First, there has been the nine-day visit to India by Li Peng, the second highest ranking Chinese leader. From the statements made by both sides, it is clear that this exercise in diplomacy signifies a turning point in the context of interstate relations in the region. Secondly, the peace initiative in Kashmir has virtually been thrown in the doldrums. Thirdly, there is the stalemate in Afghanistan where the UN-sponsored peace process has virtually been derailed as sanctions have been imposed on that strife-torn country. Fourthly, the Central Asians, notably the Shanghai-5, have shelved Pakistan's application for membership.

    What does one make of all these developments? Cumulatively they do not augur well for Pakistan's foreign policy and security. True, Beijing still remains a good friend of Pakistan. But it would be unwise to test this friendship by demanding Chinese support for some of the adventurist moves being mounted from Pakistani soil. Li Peng very categorically spoke of joining hands with India to fight terrorism in the region. With their border dispute well on way to a solution and their trade ties growing rapidly, India and China can be expected to coordinate their South Asian policies which have begun to converge to quite an extent. This will deny Pakistan the countervailing support it needs vis-a-vis New Delhi.

    A breakdown of the peace process in Kashmir, which is becoming likelier by the day, will leave Islamabad totally isolated. India's unilateral ceasefire in the occupied valley and the relaxation of its restrictions on the Hurriyat Conference leaders was expected to get the peace process rolling. Pakistan reciprocated by pulling back its troops from the LoC and announcing a policy of "maximum restraint" along the border. But it has failed to restrain the militants who have been operating from Pakistan and launching attacks against India not just in Kashmir but also elsewhere in that country. Since they have been openly claiming responsibility for their so-called jihadi operations, it is Pakistan which is technically held responsible. Clearly, there is a price to pay for allowing the country's Kashmir policy to become hostage to the whims and caprices of the militant groups who have not even spelled out their final goal and how it is to be achieved.

    The Afghan imbroglio has already brought disaster to Pakistan and the worse is still to come. The never-ceasing influx of refugees from across the Durand Line has created serious problems for this country. Then we have the menace of drug trafficking, the proliferation of arms, the spillovers of lawlessness and terrorism from their sanctuary in Afghanistan and the smuggling of food and other goods which has hit Pakistan's economy. None of these can be checked if the Afghan pot continues to boil, which it will in the absence of a final settlement and the establishment of a broad-based government in Kabul. The sanctions will accentuate some of these difficulties which will compound the problems Pakistan faces. By blindly supporting the Taliban, Islamabad has put the country's internal and external security at risks.

    It is not surprising that Pakistan is being marginalized in this situation. Its failure to enter Shanghai-5 which comprises China as well as three Central Asian Republics apart from Russia - countries with which Islamabad has been seeking to engage itself - should come as a clear pointer to our shrinking standing in the region. Even on Kashmir, the world sympathy could swing in favour of India which can now claim with some credibility that the problem is largely the result of "cross-border terrorism" and indigenous only secondarily. Has Islamabad pondered the consequences of the cul-de-sac it is moving into? It is time to do some real hard thinking on the foreign policy goals and whether they can be realized by the strategy adopted.


    #2
    Bull****, this is an editorial thus an opinion.

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      #3
      CM it is good for india if pakistan closes it eyes as though nothing happening.
      that is what pakistan is doing for 53 years.
      i sometime wonder pakistani leadership
      is working for india? good job they are doing

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