Pakistan’s Case of Diplomacy and Glacier Conks
By Brig (Retd) Dr. Muhammad Aslam Khan Niazi,Pakistan.
Roedad Khan, quoting him as a metaphor for any Pakistani
, has burnt himself out, atleast proverbially
His passion remains stuck with stark disappointments as he yearns tosee our ‘Quaid’s’(founding father) dreams as achieved. Several icons from our civilsociety including journalists would soon be hunch-backs under the heap of scandals theyexpose about massive corruption, nepotism and state conspiracies, to the verge of provingthe gluttons committing acts of treason. However, our federal top guns remain soaked intheir unholy hobbies on the trajectory of their ill founded domains. Instead of fishing for clues for recovery from public opinion through the media, their genius is consumed bythe devices to go more lethal and ambitious in wicked pursuits. In the mean time, our judiciary has been inundated with the burden of their responsibility to often actunilaterally but brilliantly when state’s institutions’ functional credibility is notcharacterized by their service to the people but by self-glorifying their misdeeds. Wheresuch comparison is within the ‘corrupts’ in competition, the magnitude and taintedcolossus of these monsters become immeasurable. It would be absolutely fair to excludeArmy from this ominous bracket.
Federation functionaries have the tongue in their cheeks to clamor
that democracy isthreatened in Pakistan. Wikileaks has thoroughly exposed them as if they are hanging bya cliff and seeking rescue from the external collaborators. The dramatic irony in thewhole issue is that the ‘cliff’ is their own making to provoke sympathies among our alliesof war on terror. Pakistani coalition government, thoroughly vulnerable to blackmail byits own constituent allies, has devised a nefarious strategy to gobble up themselves andextend absolute impunity to their accomplices. They, amidst the volleys of mutual barbs,cling to each other because they are desperately in the need of a continuing empire tomop up their sins.
Once this humbug goes on,
our foreign policy brains have been lax wittingly andunobtrusively from the public eyes on several crucial issues of international relations,which crystallize through the conduct of diplomacy, ‘
as a policy instrument possibly inassociation with other instruments such as economic or military force to enable aninternational actor to achieve its objectives’
(Baylis & Smith). Thanks to globalization,we are not only an international actor but the geo-strategic location endows us withtremendous significance. If the diplomacy wizards do recognize our inherent vitalitywhich is doubtful, one thing is sure that their recognition has not been supplemented withadequate exterior maneuvers. Our stance is mercurial and not commensurate to thechallenges. We tend to buckle under the weight of national and international issues tokeep ourselves well aligned to the wishes of external factors which push us to the pitfallof erroneous decisions when our indigenous failings are in no dearth.
Our government attempts to project its weight
by ridiculing other pillar(s) of statedespite knowing that our deeds or misdeeds are picked up by international communityfaster than we do, being cast in a crystal. When Army asserted that we would defend our borders employing all means available, certainly it was aimed at India with whom there1