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Of Diplomacy and Glacier Conks-Pakistan's Case

Of Diplomacy and Glacier Conks-Pakistan's Case

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Published by Muhammad Aslam Khan
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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 ‘corruptsin 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
 
have been three wars since independence in 1947. However it was not meant to negatethe spirit of diplomacy and freedom of dialogues option with our eastern rival. Rather itmeant reinforcing the dialogue diplomacy with military support in tandem to lend our negotiations a position of advantage. None else than our ruling party spokesperson spewout a firm denial that these were not the government views, at colossal detriment to theconduct of successful diplomacy.
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari calling Kashmiri freedom fighters as terrorists
from asresponsible a platform as that of ‘President’ and offering withdrawal from SiachinGlacier in 2008 and 2010 respectively, made our adversary’s stance more stubborn. Didhe know the extent of damage he inflict to our foreign policy, strategic implications for India and advantages that accrue to Pakistan when we keep the bull locked by the hornsin Siachin with perhaps much lesser comparative, though considerable, cost in men andmaterial? His statements were not only antithesis to the basics of the diplomacy dynamicsbut also of our valiant men’s and officers’ sacrifices, literally crouching like Dr. Iqbal’s(Poet of the East) legendary ‘shaheens’ (eagles), gasping for each breath, yet resolutelyperched on the rocks above 20,000 feet. On the contrary, India has not budged an inchfrom its reticence beyond fascinating colloquialism occasionally over Kashmir as well asSir Creek. Instead it has launched a well orchestrated effort to encircle and isolatePakistan from Afghanistan, the West, Japan, Russia, China, and Middle East.Recognition of India’s role in Afghanistan by U.S., European Union and Russia is adirect set back to the conduct of our foreign policy. Already India is being accused of fomenting instability in Pakistan’s south-western province, Baluchistan and funding asegment of Taliban. Some dissident leaders’ trails by our intelligence agencies arereported to have confirmed this hypothesis. Thus when India claims it stakes for having arole in Afghanistan, it is crystal clear what she exactly means.
India played Mumbai card very shrewdly
, depicting Pakistan backing and activelysupporting the tragic episode once its voices even feeble, are heard loud and clear for anobvious advantage of its much trumpeted democratic platform versus Pakistan. Murder of 93000 Kashmiris so far has not been able to move the world conscience that seems tobe pushed by commercialism more than philosophy of pursuing peace. For the major powers, India is a prolific trade partner and worth billions dollar arms market as well. Onour side is a dark picture. Pakistan run by a dictator for nine long years from 1999-2008has been ravaged beyond repairs. Wikileaks disclosure about Israeli leadership’scontinuing concern for President Musharraf’s safety and well being explains the entiremyth of his millions dollar bonanza; he is now reaping under the guise of ‘enlightening’lectures in the West. During his rule, his meetings with Israeli top functionaries are nosecrets. The only country declared off limits by Pakistani passport, unfortunately, isIsrael. The printed warning it carries ‘this passport is valid for all the countries of theworld except Israelhad obligated him by implication to refrain from such honey-mooning but flouting the norms and ethics had been his favorite slushy slippery groundthat he has yet to answer when cold hands of justice would reach him. Not only topplingbut throwing a democratically elected Prime Minister, Mr. Mian Nawaz Sharif and thebonafide Chief of Army Staff, Gen Khwaja Zia-ud-Din into black dungeon are the major charges against him, among dozens of other allegations of heinous crimes, he is not likely2
 
to wade through clean. How one would have expected such a con man to have stood for national interests? Unfortunately the successor government is also incapable and bentupon adding insult to the injury. Amidst lurking disenchantment of the masses, Pakistanfailed to cash upon the vital evidence emanating from Indian sources about setting‘Samjhauta Express’ ablaze in 2007. The complicity of Indian government officials, infirebombing Pakistan bound train near Panipat (India), with the Hindu terrorists isundeniable. Charred bodies of sixty eight Pakistanis were pulled out and fifty two wereinjured, most of them critically.
Analysts in India also remembered the moments of the tragedy
that preceded it byfive years in 2002 at Godhra railway station in Gujarat (India). No evidence could provethat fire attack was preplanned by Muslims when fifty Hindus were killed. One thing issure that the magnitude of revenge which the majority Hindus unleashed over Muslimsnext morning was unprecedented. They burnt them alive and killed about 2500 of them.The state’s machinery deliberately stood by, watching the human carnage till there wereashes and stench all around. Mysterious then and later also, the candidate of extremistHindu party, BJP, which thrives politically on the heaps of hatred towards Muslims, hadclean sweep in the coming election. Many observers believe that the train massacre wasstage-managed to the logical conclusion, which was consummation of BJP victory. InIndia such treachery, when it comes to Muslims, is never surprising. Recent comments bya senior Indian Congress leader, DigVijay Singh, likening Indian RSS and BJP hatred for Muslims to that of Nazi’s against Jews, is a stark reality and stigma, BJP carries.
Pakistanis could hope with a sense of loss
from our policy wizards that these tragicevents could be brought up as an effective counter-lever to parry off Mumbai scathingand consequent dent to our image among the comity of nations. While Mumbai massacrerumbles every now and then, our diplomats perhaps are not even mindful of the butcherymeted out to Muslims in India, including Kashmir. Such are the short memories on our side. Absence of flurry of publicized diplomacy offensives usually means all quiet on thisfront to suggest that our policy pundits are gripped by inertia or inert dreams.Compromises are not welcome because we would be led to demolishing our crucial geo-political pivots. On the other hand we are clear about the hypothesis that India needspeace more than us. It does not need a genius to guess but simple arithmetic that Indianstakes in peace are much more monumental than Pakistan. Yet the reality predominatesthe scene for both the neighbors that peace-making is the only way through. It should bedriving both sides crazy that it has remained elusive for sixty three years until now. Whiletalking to an eastern TV channel,Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh talked of responding and readjusting to global trends towards multi-polarity and managing theregional environments in Asia in a manner which enhances peace, security and overalldevelopment of our societies. He asserted that it is incumbent on all countries of theregion to build cooperative partnerships. It is a paradox that in real dynamics of international relations, he appears excluding India from ‘incumbent on all countries of theregion’ clause about matters relevant to Pakistan.
India has persisted in achieving threatening posture
. She has secured a base inTajikistan and is doing thriving business in Kazakhstan in energy sector despite presence3

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