Pak-US relations have touched rock bottom like never before in the history. The situation is a complete mess at the moment. It is now being asserted by many analysts as well as by the dialogue of top notch US officials that Pakistan will no more be a part of the “Afghan Reconciliation Process” in upcoming future and its indications are quite visible by now.
The question here is why? Why United States is ramming Pakistan out? The fault is mainly ours. After the departure of Musharraf’s government, the present government has not been able to live up to the expectations of neither its public nor states. Secondly the way our military institutions have been exposed by the international media has surely made many people from our military establishment dejected and ISPR’s recent statement over Newyork time’s propaganda against Pakistan’s security agencies and a cut in our military aid has surely created a huge gap between the bilateral relations of both the countries. Thirdly and most importantly the usage diplomatic doors has minimized to a great extent after Qureshi’s departure which I believe is a major concern as our neighborhood is quite popular for using its diplomacy in the best possible way internationally.
What we are seeking now is an alternative. China will be asked to jump in to keep US aware that we are not completely a US-dependent state unlike Egypt and others. President Zardari will work through his contacts to get Russia into play but that’s not going to happen as Russians have to worry about US operations in Central Asian states now and Iran has middle east to look into.
I sincerely hope that Pasha’s visit to US cools things down so that we can focus more on what imposes a greater threat to our sovereignty i.e Terrorism and religious fundamentalism.
The only point which scares me off now is the fact that now even Karzai is showing eyes/balls! to Pakistan and if we don’t take probable actions in bringing things back to normal then who knows may be India replaces us in the “Afghan reconciliation process”!