Analyzing Pakistan’s Foreign Policy – Global Village Space

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The United States has always pursued a two-sided foreign policy. He based his foreign policy on the principles of buying the services of an ally, using it for the accomplishment of his short-term objectives and paying him, and as soon as his objectives were achieved, throwing the committed ally to the trash like a used tissue. He didn’t even spare his blue-eyed boys like Reza Shah from Iran, Pinochet from Chile, Marcos from the Philippines, Saddam from Iraq, all of whom brutalized their own people to curry favor with Washington. Osama bin Laden was also a darling of the CIA but he was hunted down for over a decade and killed. ISIS, which was the creation of the CIA, was also badly maimed when it became a liability in the Middle East.

Pakistan, which had been America’s strongest ally since 1954, has been repeatedly betrayed and unjustly abused. Pakistan is one of the few countries that put its security at risk by attracting the hostility of many states, including the former USSR, to serve American interests. During the War on Terror, American leaders and officials crossed all bounds of decency and diplomatic decorum and openly accused, ridiculed, insulted and punished Pakistan.

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The United States remained in close partnership with the West, Israel, India, Japan, South Korea, Japan and Australia. Israel is the most pampered country followed by India and the trio have formed a strategic bond to achieve their global ambitions. The three are anti-Pakistani and have never spared any opportunity to harm Pakistan. While the United States cares about India’s security issues, it has never paid any heed to Pakistan’s security and national interests.

Unlike the United States’ dual relationships, Russia remained honestly committed to its allies, including India, and never played underhanded games with any. It maintained close political, cultural, economic, scientific and defense ties with India and there was no change in their relationship when India became a strategic partner of the United States in 1990. The Question of Kashmir could not be resolved due to the repeated use of the right of veto. by Russia.

Pakistan got into Russia’s bad books after Liaqat Ali Khan favored the United States over Russia in 1949. Relations plunged further when Pakistan acted as a go-between to bring about a thaw in US-Russian relations. in 1979. Relations soured when Pakistan staged a proxy war at the behest of the United States in the 1980s to defeat and drive Soviet forces out of Afghanistan.

Pakistan-Russia relations started to improve from 2011 and Imran Khan’s visit to Moscow in February this year brought the two countries closer. Pakistan was promised gas and wheat at 20% lower prices, and also to complete the laying of the gas pipeline from Multan to Gwadar, as well as to speed up the Turkmenistan TAPI gas pipeline. These promises made by Putin were met with the sudden fall of the IK regime in April, and it is not yet clear whether Putin would still like to honor his commitments despite General Bajwa’s harsh condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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Why was the United States involved in ousting IK?

One of the main reasons for the American conspiracy to overthrow IK was its association with Russia and its refusal to vote in the UN to condemn the invasion of Ukraine.

No annoyance of this kind has been expressed by Washington against India, which has always maintained strategic relations with the USSR. It is more than 60% of the defense material is of Russian origin, he recently inducted a Russian-made S 400 anti-missile system, abstained from voting at the UN and did not condemn Russia for its Ukrainian adventure.

To tease Pakistan, Russia offered oil to India at a 40% discount. Gas and wheat will also be given at cheaper prices. What has the United States offered Pakistan so far to help alleviate its economic crisis? Whatever aid was given by the United States, it was always tied to strict conditions.

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During the 20-year war on terror, in which Pakistan fought as a frontline state and sacrificed 80,000 people and suffered a financial loss of $150 billion, aid US total was $20 billion, the bulk of which was from the Close Support Fund which was also terminated in 2018.

The regime in power of Shahbaz Sharif has not yet clarified its foreign policy. It seems that he has not only returned to the old Pakistan, but also wants to put all the eggs back in the American basket.

The author is a retired brigadier general, war veteran, defense and security analyst, international columnist, author of five books, chairman of Thinkers Forum Pakistan, director of Measac Research Center and member of CWC PESS & Think Tank. He can be contacted at asifharoonraja@gmail.com. The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.

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