ISLAMABAD: Pakistan needs to put its own house in order, gradually reduce its reliance on the superpowers and negotiate smarter to protect its national interests in a changing world order.
This was stated by leading diplomats, former senior military officers and leading intellectuals at a seminar on “The Future of Pak-US Relations: Challenges & Opportunities” hosted by the Center for Aerospace and Security Studies (CASS) here. Speakers included former Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Inam-ul-Haq, former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of CASS Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, former Federal Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Senator Javed Jabbar, Director of CASS for Economic Affairs and National Development Dr. Usman W. Chohan and Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Shahzad Aslam Chaudhry.
It was chaired by President CASS Air Marshal (retd) Farhat Hussain Khan, while Syed Muhammad Ali, the Center’s Director of Nuclear & Strategic Affairs, delivered the welcome speeches and moderated the event. As Ambassador Inam-ul-Haq analyzed the emerging geopolitical dynamics and options for Pakistan, he said Pakistan’s options, amid accelerating Sino-US strategic competition, depend on its ability to put its own house in order by build its economy and improve its economy. management.
He warned that Pakistan would come under pressure from both sides. He also advised Pakistan not to plead the case of the Afghan Taliban in the world and argued that they have successfully negotiated with the United States in Doha and are able to exercise their diplomacy, so Pakistan should give them it themselves. have it done. He further stressed the need to focus on domestic social issues, including population control, education and health.
Former Senator Javed Jabbar discussed the socio-cultural dimension of Pakistan-US relations and emphasized the need to significantly expand Pakistan’s very limited cultural reach to help improve its international image.
dr. Analyzing the future of Pak-US economic relations, Usman W. Chohan emphasized the importance of the US as the largest export market for Pakistan and the need to make business easier and strengthen institutions to achieve sustainable growth.
He also recommended expanding Pakistan’s exports to reduce its economic dependence on international financial institutions, which were becoming increasingly stifling. Air Vice Marshal Shahzad Aslam Chaudhry, while evaluating security relations between Pak and US, said that the Pakistani military relies on a combination of high- and medium-tech platforms due to the country’s technological reliance on major powers. He argued that Pakistan should not close doors to anyone, forge blocks or celebrate someone else’s victory.
Presenting the way forward for Pak-US relations, Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani believed that Pakistan was caught in the crossfire between the US-China rivalry and that there was a growing fear that it would no longer be able to neutrality it had so far carefully maintained.
He identified the changing geostrategic environment, the strategic partnership between the US and India, the Indian lobby and Pakistan’s close relationship with China as key factors that collectively influenced US policy towards Pakistan.
He praised the growing role and influence of the Pakistani diaspora in the United States and warned that the Indian diaspora is now practically part of the American political system. President CASS Air Marshal (retd) Farhat Hussain Khan said Pakistan has offered exceptional and unprecedented cooperation to help the US advance its geopolitical and geostrategic interests in South, Central and West Asia.
This cooperation had helped Pakistan develop its infrastructure, equip its armed forces and receive financial support, but it had also compromised Pakistan’s internal security, damaged its social fabric, discouraged foreign direct investment and made the country economically and militarily dependent. .
He hoped that the future relationship between Pak and US would be based on charting a course that respects the values, national interests and aspirations of both nations, facilitates greater trade and economic cooperation, and also recognizes Pakistan’s security obligations.