A turning point in the relations between Pakistan and the United States and perhaps the first step towards the restoration of the traditional friendship between Pakistan and the United States. After years of favoring New Delhi, the United States has regained the balance between India and Pakistan. Washington is not just watching India play both sides. Responding alone to the cover of New Delhi, the United States is preparing to balance military relations with Islamabad. The State Department brushed off India’s protests saying it valued its relationship with both sides, Pakistan appears to have been squeezed out of Washington’s niche. Last week, the state celebrated Pakistan’s foreign minister for a week-long stay, capped off with a ceremony commemorating 75 years of diplomatic relations at the Museum of American Diplomacy. His Indian counterpart – who was in town around the same time complaining about the Pakistani arms deal – also got the royal treatment, with dinner at Blinken.
Army Chief of Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited the United States for a week-long trip, certainly another sign for improving relations between the two sides. Local media reports said General Bajwa was accompanied by a high-level delegation including the Director General of Inter-Service Intelligence (ISI), Chief of General Staff and Director General of Military Operations. He met with top officials, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Director of National Intelligence Avril D. Haines and CIA Director William J. Burns. He also met with members of various think tanks and other academics interested in Pakistani affairs, according to reports.
Earlier, a Nikkei Asia report citing sources suggests he had a rare phone conversation with US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman earlier this week as deteriorating foreign exchange reserves overshadow the economic recovery. During his call with the US Under Secretary of State, COAS Bajwa urged the White House and the US Treasury Department to quickly provide Pakistan with $1.2 billion. His last visit to the United States was in 2019 when he accompanied ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan on a three-day trip.
General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of the Defense Staff (COAS) received General Birame Diop (Senegal), Military Advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) during an official visit to the United States (US ). During the meeting, issues of common concern and the overall regional security situation, including natural disasters caused by floods across the country, were discussed. COAS appreciated the role of the office of the UN Military Adviser in promoting core UN values and responding to them during crises.
It is a strategic move at a crucial time. It will open avenues of collaboration in many areas and help expand cooperation in all dimensions. After a long vacuum, the appointment of the US Ambassador to Pakistan was already a real achievement and the right step in this regard. Political and diplomatic relations must be raised to the highest level, which will pave the way for the overall improvement of relations.
Pakistan guarded American interests in this part of the world, and for seven decades ensured that the United States achieved all of its strategic objectives in this region.
However, although Pakistan extends a cordial hand of friendship to the United States whenever it needs support, the United States always backs down when it no longer needs a Pakistani role in an issue, and relationships decline. Pakistan has faced some of the toughest and toughest US sanctions in history. The United States believes in transactional relationships, while Pakistan expects eternal, all-time, all-dimensions, and everlasting friendship above all materialistic gain or visible interest.
The two countries have always cooperated on their common goals and interests, even though the United States has disregarded Pakistan’s interests and continued to make demands. “Do more” has been the message from American leaders in recent years, without understanding Pakistan’s ability to comply, or its own interests.
In recent years, the United States has blamed and threatened Pakistan. Of course, there are concerns on both sides, and some of them may be real, but some are based purely on misunderstandings. This requires in-depth dialogue to understand each other’s points of view and resolve any disputes amicably.
The United States supports India militarily, which poses a direct security threat to Pakistan. The transfer of advanced technologies can lead India to develop weapons of mass destruction, which will destabilize not only this region but the whole world. The recent $8 billion arms deal signed with India is a direct threat to the entire region, it could trigger an arms race and confrontation between India and all its neighbours.
US policies are offensive to many countries around the world and force them to join clubs on the other side. The United States faces global isolation. She needs to review her current policies, understand emerging trends, and learn to respect the needs of others.
The United States announced that it would reduce aid to Pakistan. First of all, American aid is very meager and Pakistan no longer depends on American financial support. Especially with the launch of CPEC, US aid no longer makes sense for Pakistan.
The United States blames Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan, which is completely unjustified. The United States must accept defeat and deal with the mess it has created in Afghanistan.
The United States wants an Indian role in Afghanistan, replacing Pakistan, which is not possible. India has no common border with Afghanistan, has nothing in common with it, or any understanding of Afghan culture, traditions and history. Meanwhile, Pakistan has a common border, common culture, tradition, religion, ethnicity and blood relations. Pakistan has hosted 3 million Afghan refugees since the 1980s. The United States must understand the realities on the ground and the importance of Pakistan.
The United States is pressuring Pakistan to oppose the BRI, CPEC and China itself. But any tactics played by the United States will not harm Pakistan-China relations and CPEC will continue to advance at all costs. China and Pakistan are on the same wavelength, and perfect harmony exists between us.
Pakistan has suffered economic losses worth $123 billion due to the ‘war on terror’. Pakistan has sacrificed over 70,000 precious lives, including 5,000 servicemen and even school children. We have officially hosted 3.5 million Afghan refugees, but unofficially, counting the unregistered, the real number could be around 5 million. We have faced drug problems, gun cultures and a deterioration of law and order due to the “war on terror”. Pakistan was a rapidly developing country in the 1960s and 1970s, but due to the “war on terror”, we faced severe deterioration and lost our position in the international community. We hope the world recognizes our contributions and tries to reward us. Our vital role can be recognized and our struggle for “peace, stability and prosperity” can be supported. We want to regain our status within the international community. We deserve to maintain our sovereignty and make our own decisions in our own national interests. We want to set our own priorities and survive in perfect harmony with the rest of the world.
The geostrategic importance of Pakistan can be recognized and our vital role in this region can be recognized. No other country can replace Pakistan in this part of the world.
The path to follow:-
It is desirable that the visa regime be relaxed, that travel advice be abolished and that the exchange of scholars, intellectuals and think tanks be improved. The education sector should be open to Pakistani youth and all restrictions on Pakistani students should be relaxed. Market access can be granted and unnecessary taxes and duties on Pakistani products can be reduced or removed. Economic cooperation can be improved, investment opportunities should be encouraged and facilitated.
Science and technology will be the central area of cooperation, technology transfer and access to emerging technologies can be facilitated.
Pakistan has been part of the American club for more than seven decades and has signed several pacts and agreements with the United States. Pakistan stood with the United States during the Cold War and its fight against the communist threat. Pakistan was a frontline ally of the United States during its war against the 1980s invasion of Afghanistan by the former USSR. Pakistan was a close non-NATO ally during the war against terrorism after 9/11 in 2001.
Pakistan has looked after American interests in this region for seven decades and has ensured that the United States achieves all of its strategic objectives. Since the United States undermined Pakistan and sidelined it for a decade or more, the United States has faced one failure after another. Pakistan’s role is to deceive this part of the world. Its geostrategic location, resilient strength and political strength are vital for any superpower to maintain its supremacy.
The United States has realized the strength of Pakistan and is stepping back to restore the traditional friendship between Pakistan and the United States. Early restoration is strongly desired. It is expected that the visit of the army chief will be fruitful and beneficial for the whole nation.
The restoration of relations between Pakistan and the United States is important for the entire region and will bring stability, development and prosperity to all. It does not pose a threat to any third country in the region. Pakistan takes good care of all its neighbors and friends throughout the region.
Pakistan is a peace-loving country and our record in the United Nations peacekeeping force is admirable. Our sacrifices during the “war on terrorism” surpass any other country. We promote peace, stability and prosperity around the world. Our role in this region is vital. The geostrategic importance of Pakistan is well known to the United States. Think tanks and military leaders in the United States also understand the importance and vital role of Pakistan. Pakistan wants good relations with all countries and wishes to provide all possible support and cooperation to achieve the common goal of “peace, stability and prosperity” worldwide. We want to work closely with all countries, including the United States.