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IT was sad to witness the humiliation of Pakistan’s adviser on foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, by his Indian hosts and the Afghan president in Amritsar. Mr Aziz is one of Pakistan’s elder statesmen. His treatment at the so-called Heart of Asia Conference by India is yet another example of the brutish nature of the ruling regime in New Delhi.

The conference was misused by India, the rotational host, to promote its single agenda of portraying Pakistan as a ‘terrorist’ state in order to ‘isolate’ it. The Indian prime minister played a duet with Afghan President Ghani, the ostensible beneficiary of the conference, who launched an aggressive indictment of Pakistan for alleged support to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan; interrogated the Pakistan delegation leader from the floor of the conference; and rejected Pakistan’s offer of $500 million in economic assistance. To add injury to insult, the Indians barred the Pakistan leader from meeting the media and even from leaving his hotel.

The mystery is why the Pakistan government chose to expose its most senior diplomat to the hostility and insults which should have been expected from India and Afghanistan’s president. Since India scuttled the Saarc summit in Islamabad, Pakistan could have reciprocated by refusing to attend the Amritsar conference and persuading its close friends, China and Turkey, from doing so. At the very least, Pakistan’s representation should have been at a low level.

At a Non-Aligned Summit a few decades ago, Egypt’s foreign minister interrupted the president of the host country when he made a critical comment about the recently concluded Camp David agreement. In Amritsar, Pakistan would have been well within its rights to interrupt the speeches by Modi and Ghani, on a point of order, for transgressing the agenda and purpose of the conference. If its protest was ignored, the delegation should have walked out of the conference. At the very least, Pakistan could have countered with its own accusations against India and Afghanistan.

Instead, by all accounts, Mr Aziz sat through Modi’s attack and Ghani’s interrogation. He even called subsequently on the Afghan president.


In Amritsar, Pakistan would have been well within its rights to interrupt the speeches by Modi and Ghani.


Mr Aziz’s display of self-restraint is no doubt admirable. But the Indian and Afghan insults were not merely to his person; these were insults to the national dignity of Pakistan and, as such, they ought not to have been tolerated. According to diplomatic norms, such insults are expected to evoke a strong response. It is unclear if formal protests have been lodged with the two governments.

A failure to respond strongly to such insults to our country not only signifies a lack of national self-respect, it implies tacit acceptance of the serious allegations advanced against Pakistan.

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Pakistan’s diplomacy has failed to anticipate events and avoid political traps and reversals. For instance, Pakistan should have postponed the Saarc summit, anticipating India’s effort to scupper it. Instead, Islamabad waited in the vain hope that Modi would magnanimously grace the summit, resulting in the humiliation not only of Indian withdrawal from the conference but also the regrets of most the other South Asian states, no doubt under heavy pressure from India.

Pakistan’s timorous and ingratiating posture in external relations, especially towards India, has become a recurring feature of its high-level diplomacy, symbolised by the desperate calls for dialogue with India, even after it launched its latest repression in India-held Kashmir last July.

Pakistan has also sustained, with little complaint, the repeated intemperate accusations from Afghanistan, a nation whose millions of refugees we still continue to host, whose goods are allowed to transit our territory, including its exports to India, whose civil wars have brought terrorism to our country and for whom Pakistan has made persistent efforts for internal peace and reconciliation, even as its intelligence agencies collaborate with India to foment TTP terrorism and Baloch insurgency.

The question arises: what is the purpose of this patience with punishment? There could be several answers:

Islamabad may expect that one day India and Afghanistan will see reason and reciprocate Pakistan’s quest for dialogue and compromise. I would not hold my breath.

There may be an expectation that an accommodative stance will elicit understanding and support from Kabul’s patron and India’s new ally, the US. But Indian and Afghan allegations against Pakistan are being echoed if not originated in Washington.

There may be fear that a more robust stance could evoke American sanctions. But sanctions will be avoided only if the US believes that the cost of imposing these on Pakistan outweighs any possible benefit.

There may be a desire not to provoke India into committing cross-border aggression against Pakistan. Again, aggression can be avoided only if India (and other powers) are convinced that its cost will be unacceptable.

Or there may unknown reasons that compel our rulers to suffer Modi and Ghani’s slings and arrows without flinching.

History teaches that weakness invites aggression. Timidity will invite further abuse and pressure. Pakistan must adopt a more robust posture in defence of our national interests.

Following Amritsar, Pakistan should strictly limit the activities and access of Indian diplomats in Pakistan; designate the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as ‘terrorist’ organisations; provide finance to the Kashmiri Hurriyat Conference for humanitarian and material support to the Kashmiri victims of Indian repression.

Pakistan should also formally approach the Security Council to: investigate and condemn India’s human rights violations in Kashmir; call for a halt to Indian violations of the LoC ceasefire; and agree on steps to implement the Security Council resolutions on Jammu and Kashmiri.

The screws can be turned harder against Afghanistan. Pakistan can accelerate Afghan refugee repatriation; slow the transit of Afghan goods and halt their transit to India; fence the border as planned and strictly limit cross-border traffic.

The Afghan and Indian sponsorship of the TTP and its links with the militant Islamic State group should be actively projected in world capitals and the media. If US-Nato forces in Afghanistan do not terminate the TTP’s safe havens in Afghanistan by a specific date, Pakistan must consider direct action to do so. Eliminating the threat on the western border will enhance Pakistan’s ability to face the more enduring threat in the east.

The writer is a former Pakistan ambassador to the UN.

Published in Dawn December 11th, 2016

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Mohit (US) Dec 11, 2016 01:31am

I wish Pak follows the advice of author where he suggests that Pak should officially support Hurriyat with money and other means..

Ashraf Dec 11, 2016 01:54am

Dossier to UN needs evidence. Else it works against us

Bhaijaan Dec 11, 2016 02:19am

And to all of those Pakistan's measures, India will react by just standing there, shell-shocked, dropped jaws knowing not what to do. Is that it? Were you your country's ambassador to UN? No wonder Pakistan didn't accomplish much in those years-or since-except having had to bail you out when you were arrested by New York Police for battery on the complaint of your Latino "rakhail".

Rebirth Dec 11, 2016 02:26am

I would listen to this guy if I was running the government.

Ayub Dec 11, 2016 02:36am

The times have changed. Pakistan should recognize the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of Afghanistan. It should strictly adhere to the policy of non-interference in internal affairs of neighboring countries. It should stop waging proxy wars in the territories of other countries. It should be advisable for Pakistan to focus on the economic development of its own country. It should focus on the fight against poverty,ignorance, religious intolerance, terrorism, and social injustices.

Mazhar naqvi Dec 11, 2016 02:55am

Simply true, our corrupt Govt has failed badly on diplomatic plane

Jrc Dec 11, 2016 03:05am

Bravo! Munir you have spoken up for Pakistan and the country's government must take notice, and act. There is too much stress on trade with India which is of minor benefit to Pakistan, enriching a few traders. We cannot sacrifice honor and the future of Kashmir at the altar of mammon. Pakistan needs to expose Indias shenanigans in supporting terrorism in Pakistan instead of making weak gestures .

lootra Dec 11, 2016 05:02am

On the other hand, lets not also forget that Modi invited Nawaz to his inauguration and also made an impropmtu stopover to Pakistan in a bid to improve relations only to be rewarded by attacks on Indian bases. Can you blame him for being angry not trusting? Also, the Afghan President at the beginning of his term tried to get closer to Pakistan and sidelined India yet now seems to have abandoned that policy.

Pakistan needs to do some serious introspection on why it's immediate neighbours have turned agnostic. It appears that peace is the desire across all three countries but attempts have failed due to internal dynamics.

aj Dec 11, 2016 06:00am

Always aluminating. Your analysis and recommendations reflects your insight of the matters on hand. The docile leadrship of Pakistan does not have the bone due to their personal and slefish agendas. This leadership lack slef respect and care less for national respect, pride and interests as far as their interests are well served or hope to be served by these governments

Nadeem Dec 11, 2016 06:16am

Very sensible

PR MAN Dec 11, 2016 07:08am

Ambassador Munir Akram, these are just the symptoms. The real malady is the absence of a cohesive government. Until we address the real issue at the top, such crises will continue to occur; people like you will continue to write, react and complain. Is anyone who matters listening?

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Dec 11, 2016 07:29am

In my opinion this one is truly a great article by Mr.Munir Akram in a longtime.The Govt.of Pakistan will certainly benefit from the valuable suggestions, blunt as they may be, the Writer has made in the aftermath of Mr.Aziz's visit to Amritsar as a guest in his article for the sake of the self respect of the Pakistani Nation.

mdsr Dec 11, 2016 07:34am

Very brutal and honest analysis, i totally agree with you sir

Zak Dec 11, 2016 07:41am

Civilian govt has failed to promote and protect our national interests , thus the power pyramid should not have civilian govt at the top , instead a group(I propose it be called as THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY) comprised of eminent people from civilian and military background who have consistently proved to be patriots and who have firm understanding of world politics be created to oversee the activities of civilian govt and other institutions and take decisions to prevent harm to our nation.

SKChadha Dec 11, 2016 07:48am

My sincere advise to the Government of Pakistan ...... Please, please follow Munir Akram Sahib's advise.

malik_02394@yahoo.com Dec 11, 2016 07:53am

I think we should implement these suggestions if not all!

Lalit Dec 11, 2016 08:04am

Last time you demonstrated pre-emtive robustness,you parted with half of your country and close to 100k troops surrendered in Dhaka.Rhetoric apart,truth is Pakistan is devoid of any rational option to even have parity,forget an upper hand vis a vis India,and this dearth of options is Pakistan's own making...looking at prevailing situations makes one feel that this embarassing situation for Pakistan is only going to worsen in near future.

Interested Dec 11, 2016 09:07am

Why not try a different route. Shut down all activities against neighbors for a year. See if it brings peace and tranquility to the region.

Muhammad Qurban Dec 11, 2016 09:20am

Excellent exposition. USA needs a justification for its failure in Afghanistan. Modi needs to distract domestic criticism. For both Pakistan acts a willing whipping boy. Ashraf Ghani with no power base is neither here nor there.

Aisha Dec 11, 2016 09:36am

Bilawal was right when he said that Nawaz Modi friendship is damaging to Pakistan. History will prove Bilawal right.

p nag Dec 11, 2016 09:37am

To achieve an honorable place in Indian mind, Pakistan must forget Kashmir and its' multiple attempt to liberate it by using force of all kind. Secondly, it must shed its' vision to use Afghanistan as its' back yard to regroup in the event of an Indian 'aggression'.Both these agenda has discredited it for last few decades and will continue to do so.

Zuhaib Hassan Dec 11, 2016 09:40am

Pragmatic Approach and so true.

Ashar Dec 11, 2016 10:18am

What can you expect from a representative of the government that has no feet to stand on, has no moral or legal standing in the country and is working to save the Sharif clan and the 2 stooges on top while the rest of the 20 billion can go to hell. I will not hold my breath for them to do anything constructive for Pakistan or stand up for it. They have a one point agenda, Yes Sir to the Sharifs and patwari-ism to the max to gain whatever they can while these 2 are in power.

Tayyab anwar Dec 11, 2016 10:23am

Sir Munir Akram you perpetually proposes way outs for: Kashmir struggle and Pakistan's role for the cause of Kashmiris, response against Afghanistan and indian conspiracy to isolate Pakistan. Ironocally, Pakistani establishment little heed to any proposed solution. i knew you write your view, but i want to know the detailed purpose of your proposed solutions: Pakistan should approach UNSC, UNG Assembly, and raise concern about Indian brutality in Kashmir etc etc, because if these were practicle solutions then it must be considered by establishment. Besides, why Islamabad is unable to resist propagandas....

Faisal Muhammad Baloch Dec 11, 2016 11:06am

The reciprocatory course of action suggested will need strong will and zero conflict of interest. I have my doubts on the second one.

giri Dec 11, 2016 11:30am

@Zuhaib Hassan : But his suggestions will cost Pakistan dear. I won't recommend those.

Ammyjd Dec 11, 2016 11:51am

This write up would have been complete had some mention of humiliation of Senior person and home minister Rajnath Singh in Pakistan been there in this article.

Ali Dec 11, 2016 12:03pm

Finally somebody is right on Afghanistan and India! Support Mr. Munir totally!

helloWorld Dec 11, 2016 12:15pm

My mom always wanted me to be the monitor of the class however I could never become one. To become something you need to backup yourself with proven record of success otherwise no one cares.

Everyone talking about diplomatic this or that failed to understand that if the house is not in order then no one will listen and on top of that if house is affecting neghbours or people of the community then no one will even care.

khanm Dec 11, 2016 12:18pm

Two possibilities either we are too weak to deal with this .. or...we believe the two most powerful warriors are patience and time.Folks...The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter...

Rizwan Dec 11, 2016 12:19pm

"History teaches that weakness invites aggression". The definition of 'weakness' should include : weak education, weak health care, weak economy, weak federal cohesion, weak governance institutions. Of course the author by this term means only weak military power. USSR proved that this one dimensional view of national defense is useless.

Imran Dec 11, 2016 12:25pm

Our bosses Mr. Sharif and his team don't talk to professionals the Foreign Office and believe themselves as expert on foreign relations. But the events prove them wrong time and again. Did any party demanded explanation in National assembly about the event?

Ali Vazir Dec 11, 2016 12:25pm

The society is corrupt and full of incompetent people, but the political leaders are the real torch-bearers. We thought Asif is the worst, but Nawaz has proved all of us wrong.

col smith Dec 11, 2016 12:26pm

very true .pakistans diplomacy is complete failure almost on every front

nasir Dec 11, 2016 12:33pm

A hard hitting and bold perspective by the author, commendable job well done I hope the foreign affairs take note of the suggestions & follow suite.

El Cid Dec 11, 2016 12:38pm

One should not blame the other guy for taking care of his interests. On should look to protecting and projecting ones own.

Arslan Dec 11, 2016 12:39pm

@Ashraf you mean like India and Afghans talk with proof lol

kanwarch Dec 11, 2016 12:51pm

This corrupt government and characterless leaders have no vision and self respect and only driven by money and their business interest so to expect them to fight battle for Pakistan is useless excise. We need selfless and fearless leadership but unfortunately nation has been corrupted by successive governments and I see no desire in our nation to stand up against the corrupt leadership and to fight for our national interests. I have not heard a single member of PMLN party requesting PM to stand aside till all the corruption allegations are investigated. All ministers have no self respect and I see them defending the PM children durine their official time and duties. As a nation we have come too far on road of corruption and I see no hope for Pakistan under current leadership.

Ahmed Wm Dec 11, 2016 12:52pm

Superb written...

Behzad Dec 11, 2016 01:10pm

Spot on, Sir! Its time to break the self-imposed shackles. I hope that the Worthy Authorities would listen to these points.

ANT Dec 11, 2016 01:10pm

Recall how Rajnath was treated when he visited for the same conference.

Jawad Dec 11, 2016 01:08pm

Very very sensible!!!

Nawaz foreign policies are totally a failure ....

sHYAM Dec 11, 2016 01:20pm

If the country`s behavior is in line with international norms people will listen to you, else international community gives it a hoot. Arm twisting does not get you far. Friendship and progress does.

THOUGHT PROVOKING Dec 11, 2016 01:25pm

well Articulated !!! This is a Thought Provoking Article for the world media and international diplomatic community for understanding the humiliation of Pakistani Foreign Minister and the brutish nature of the ruling regime in New Delhi so called representing a Democratic Government who wants to make pakistan isolated in international community .we Know The Heart of Asia conference has been Failed to develop its significant results for regional stability and peace due to negative perceptions of Indian Government . The Indian Foreign office has to review its Foreign policies for developing good relations in among regional cooperation countries. The Afghanistan should recognize the sovereignty and territorial integrity of pakistan with its strategic importance, The Afghanistan and India should strictly adhere to the policy of non-interference in internal affairs of neighboring countries. The Both should stop of waging proxy wars in the territories of other countries.

Mohajir Dec 11, 2016 01:35pm

@Rebirth I would NEVER listen to this guy if I was running the government.

Pakistan needs to show restraint and maturity. Don't forget, Pakistan's international reputation is at an all time low at this point in time.

SHAHID IQBAL Dec 11, 2016 01:40pm

Always a treat to read your article Sir.I wish Pakistan had produced more diplomats like you.But unfortunately you have lackeys like Sartaj Azizs and Fatamis.

Cricket_Follower Dec 11, 2016 01:44pm

What you could expect from these coward rulers who are busy in opening companies in Panama, having their personal stakes in companies in India. How they could understand the dignity of the country and shame in getting insulted by the same country time and time again without giving any reaction like dead men.

Akil Akhtar Dec 11, 2016 01:45pm

Simply put we have politicians and a bureaucracy which has sold themselves to the lowest bidder......no nationalism. Insult their political leader and see how they will get angry and defend their corrupt leaders...

kamal Dec 11, 2016 01:45pm

With a PM with limited grasp of anything let alone Foreign Policy, coupled with an established Bureaucratic failure as his Foreign policy Assistant - Fatemi, additionally burdened by a 80 year old, 'past his prime' Advisor, combined with a baggage of Modi appeasement it is pointless to expect anything but Foreign Policy goof-ups. Self respect for Pakistan in this regime is a distant goal.

Indus civilization Dec 11, 2016 01:51pm

@ANT very well said. Home minister rajnath singh was also not treated adequately. Even Indian media was not allowed. I hope the public sentiments are not biased.

Karan Dec 11, 2016 01:54pm

Pakistan can only engage fundamentalists and radical groups who call themselves Mujahideens. Otherwise, Pakistan cannot do anything else. It was successful with an ailing economy like that of Russia and also with the Central command and bulk of the forces being thousands of miles away. This strategy cannot bear any fruits against a growing economy like India which can easily deploy troops. Only way forward for Pakistan is to through mediation and dialogue. Onus is on Pakistan to bring India to the discussion table and not vice-versa. India had tried it in 1998-99 but we all know what an ambitious general did thereafter to destroy all the progress made.

Navi Dec 11, 2016 01:53pm

I believe that if this writer is full of crap.This may lead to more intolerance. Firstly,no one hates Pakistani.they are good people by heart.Most of the world only hate your government not your people,and you people also don't like your government,so please stand against that. Secondly,the Pakistani govt has ignored the fact that some religious groups are in fact terrorist organization.Is it not true that Osama and many other international terrorist leaders were caught in Pakistan itself.Is it not true what your defense minister admitted on Al Jazeera.It is high time my friends.Stand against your government.Maybe my words were hurtful but it's only for common goodwill.Also ,I would like to say that this is the only media site of Pakistan I love.Please don't write biased article and continue doing great work.

Cricket_Follower Dec 11, 2016 01:56pm

Great Article from a patriotic Pakistani, who are getting scarce in our country with each passing day, Salute you sir

ravi sharma Dec 11, 2016 01:56pm

Remember how you treated our HM last time. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We just returned the favor, that's it!!!

vijai Dec 11, 2016 02:01pm

@Ayub Very well said. We all have our own issues and we must address them first.

Lafanga Dec 11, 2016 02:04pm

Its Nawaz Sharif who is so hellbent on doing business with Modi that he will brush aside any insult thrown at him or Pakistan. Despicable govt.

Ghani is just a puppet but it is a known fact that Modi has no class so why expose yourself to insults of such person?

Cricket_Follower Dec 11, 2016 02:03pm

@Ayub You should be ashamed of your comments, millions of Afghans have been provided food and shelter by our country since more than 30 years as brothers in Islam but in return Pakistan is only getting blames and hate. Please leave our country and let us live a peaceful life we were very well off before the arrival of Afghans in our country

Pagrri Sambhal Dec 11, 2016 02:04pm

Politics are almost as exciting as war, and -- quite as dangerous ... In war, you can only be killed once. But in politics many times. WINSTON CHURCHILL. The Amritsar episode killed every self respected Pakistani and that was already in our minds.These shameless and incompetant rulers have neither any sense of self respect nor any clue of diplomacy.They are only good at making billions from their factories and steel mills.

Pashtunyar Dec 11, 2016 02:04pm

Spoken like a true hawk!

Skeptic Dec 11, 2016 02:10pm

Very simple. Because the leadership of Pakistan is made up of incompetent, semi-literate, inexperienced and immature individuals who are only on the designated positions due to their political connections. Otherwise, most of them could not even operate a corner store or drive a Taxi.

To make such a series of blunders, from Russia and CPEC, to phone call with Trump, shows how thoughtless, reckless and ignorant the PM and his advisers are. NS sent dozens of Parliamentarians on 'paid vacations' to promote the Kashmir issue with various foreign leaders. Most returned without much more than sightseeing and shopping excursions, much less meet anyone in the foreign government.

Sending Sartaj Aziz to a hostile forum and make him stay imprisoned in his hotel in Dehli is yet another example of how desperate NS is to make headway at any cost, no matter how humiliating and undignified.

Straight talk Dec 11, 2016 02:22pm

On the other hand, lets not also forget that Modi invited Nawaz to his inauguration and also made an impropmtu stopover to Pakistan in a bid to improve relations only to be rewarded by attacks on Indian bases. Can you blame him for being angry not trusting? Also, the Afghan President at the beginning of his term tried to get closer to Pakistan and sidelined India yet now seems to have abandoned that policy.

Pakistan needs to do some serious introspection on why it's immediate neighbours have turned agnostic. It appears that peace is the desire across all three countries but attempts have failed due to internal dynamics.

sajed syed Dec 11, 2016 02:25pm

@Bhaijaan , ha ha. Truth hurts.

sajed syed Dec 11, 2016 02:30pm

@SKChadha , an Indian giving advice to dig deeper by following Akram's rhetorical write up to garner a few gullible readers and may be some crumbs from the interest-group. Otherwise, it is in India's political and economic interest that Pakistan does what Akram is recommending, a self-disaster initiatives. As an example, to implement UN resolution on Kashmir, first thing Pakistan has to do is to vacate Kashmir. Move all army from LOC...

Akram was our ambassador at UN, he knows he is an empty womanising 'Recall' from UN.

Ibby Dec 11, 2016 02:37pm

Yes, Pakistan's national dignity was not at stake in NY when NYPD came after the Pakistan's UN ambassador for a case of domestic violence. People like him need to left where they belong.

RAJIV Dec 11, 2016 02:41pm

Hmm.. interesting perspective (on the belligerent side) from a former Pak rep in UN... "provide finance to the Kashmiri Hurriyat Conference for humanitarian and material support to the Kashmiri victims of Indian repression."- Can't really afford to do that, requires lot of aid from other countries as Pak itself cannot run on its own. :/

S P Das Dec 11, 2016 02:41pm

Pakistani diplomacy in respect of Afghanistan and India is not run by Foreign Office but by the GHQ in Rawalpindi for over last 60 years. Hence the problem

AB Dec 11, 2016 02:42pm

Pakistan should announce publicly the timeline for current stance of trying to improve ties with neighbors, say we will try to reduce tension for next 2 years. And if it reaps no fruits, move on.

NK Dec 11, 2016 02:46pm

@Zak

You can be the head of your proposed "THE ULTIMATE AUTHORITY '. No one deserves more.

By the way what 'national interest '? Can you care to illuminate?

Bishan Dec 11, 2016 02:46pm

@Ayub Well said. Pakistan's obsession for support of its stooges in J&K is undermining its own interests. As is the coveting by the Army of Afghanistan for 'strategic depth'.Sartaj Aziz conducted himself elegantly, being victim of the policy and practices of the country's establishment toward its neighbors.

Sach Dec 11, 2016 02:51pm

Pak needs to clear indian doubts .its been due for a long time now.

Fayyaz Dec 11, 2016 02:58pm

Let us start by being going strictly by the rules on Afghan transit trade. We should also charge them transit fees which has been free so far. In fact a lot of these goods end up in Pakistan.

Rajendra Nirgudwar Dec 11, 2016 03:05pm

Very Hopeless article , what new ? Pakistan provide full support to Hurriyat Conference since birth , Afghanistan not aloud to trade with India by road . Pakistan already submit number of dossier to UN , US , China , Russia , and many country those are ready to discuss with Pak.All effort mention in article already applied by Pakistan towards India & Afghanistan. It is sure that this effort continue in future Pakistan will be liable to cost , Try other option which is in interest normal peoples of Pakistan

kailash Dec 11, 2016 03:08pm

@Rebirth, "I would listen to this guy if I was running the government."

And there is a good reason why you are not running the government and typing comments on this forum.

Fauzi mahmood Dec 11, 2016 03:11pm

India is in its way to become super power, China can not stop it but delay it with help of Pakistan. It is better for Pakistan to mend ties with India, or on later stage when China will dump Pakistan like USA has done god father will be there to save.

s kumar Dec 11, 2016 04:12pm

Einstein remarked that " a fool is the one who does the same thing again and again and expects different results every time" , The same approach for 70 years and still trying the same ? will it work ?

lafanga Dec 11, 2016 04:16pm

@ravi sharma What treatment. Your HM came, he spoke and he left without eating lunch all in a single day so what humiliation did he have to suffer? Please elaborate.

Zak Dec 11, 2016 04:19pm

Brilliant article for all Pakistani's except PML-N, who are cowards and are not representing the nations proud status. We do not even have a Foreign Minister, a role similar to 'diplomatic lawyer ' who fights the nations case world wide. A protective wall. And we don't have one.

Sameer Dec 11, 2016 04:18pm

Munir's writings make sense. Unfortunately thats why he will never be our Foreign Minister. It is surprising why we are acting so afraid when we can make the aggressor pay through the nose.

Zak Dec 11, 2016 04:19pm

@Bhaijaan a good forceful response and india could do nothing. The interruption would have been done.

RaeeS Dec 11, 2016 04:23pm

The world does not see Kashmir as a problem. So channelize your energy and money to better the situation of the people of Pakistan and make is great as America. Let India be isolated with Afghanistan .

kerala Dec 11, 2016 04:26pm

@Ayub you speak for all peace loving citizens of India

Muhammad Saleem Dec 11, 2016 04:24pm

@Ibby

Please comment on the subject. "Domestic Violence" is something domestic, most likely personal. What does that have to do with the substance of the article?

gogo Dec 11, 2016 04:34pm

''The screws can be turned harder against Afghanistan. Pakistan can accelerate Afghan refugee repatriation; slow the transit of Afghan goods and halt their transit to India; fence the border as planned and strictly limit cross-border traffic.'' What else can Pakistan do except being a nuisance to others?

Raja Farhat Abbas Dec 11, 2016 04:38pm

@Fauzi mahmood ...India super power, well then their will be a class system among super powers 1st 2nd and 3rd class, take your pick for India.

Raja Farhat Abbas Dec 11, 2016 04:38pm

@Fauzi mahmood Your opinion is not fact. Everyone has an opinion but yiour opinion is very funny i find.

Indian Dec 11, 2016 04:47pm

Its kiddish when the author demands for convincing turkey and China to do a tit for tat. I find it amusing with such a silly comment. They are not pakistans blood relation. Its business with business as underlying reason. I suggest put some evolved well thought through suggestions not just driven by populist sentiments.

swat Dec 11, 2016 04:50pm

@Mohit (US) Looks like Modi was a step ahead of him with demonetization

DAY DREAMER Dec 11, 2016 04:56pm

@Fauzi mahmood Well Said...

sohail Dec 11, 2016 04:59pm

this is how things should be running we must adopt tougher stance against these two.

Christopher Dec 11, 2016 05:00pm

To usher peace in the region there is only one solution. Pakistan should stop dreaming about annexing Indian held Kashmir by hook or by crook.

kings way Dec 11, 2016 05:02pm

"Following Amritsar, Pakistan should strictly limit the activities and access of Indian diplomats in Pakistan; designate the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as ‘terrorist’ organisations; provide finance to the Kashmiri Hurriyat Conference for humanitarian and material support to the Kashmiri victims of Indian repression. " Will not writing like this spoil the relation further ?

Indian Dec 11, 2016 05:14pm

Forget Kashmir and save Pakistan. That's the ONLY best option you have!

Ilias from NL Dec 11, 2016 05:16pm

Well said, what happening with our current decision makers...

Aqdas Dec 11, 2016 05:19pm

I think it is a realist sensible article.People dreaming of peace with india know in their hearts it is not possible so no point even contemplating.The great Gandhi was even murdered by an indian who could not tolerate open mindedness, now those people are in power , what do you expect?Foolish assessment on our Government's part to have dreams of peace.

In regards to other stake holders - JUST THINK FOR YOURSELF FIRST!!!GOVERNMENT ARE YOU LISTENING????? STOP DEGRADING AND ABASING US

Nasir Islam Dec 11, 2016 05:21pm

Nawaz governments attitude toward the aggressive and humiliating stance by Afghanistan and India is shameful. Munir Akram is dead right. All the steps that Government should take, suggested by the author, are not only appropriate but doable. Afghanistan has been bullying Pakistan since 1948 UN vote and Mudi government is bent on destabilizing Pakistan. It is high time that the Goverment of Pakistan realizes this and stand upto these antics.

Vikram Dec 11, 2016 05:20pm

Look like author haven't any knowledge of diplomacy. Tighten the relation with afgan will help india not pak. Ex. Ind-Myanmar-China. Tighten the relation with Myanmar by india ,helped the china to have strong ties with Myanmar

Fried Chillies Dec 11, 2016 05:53pm

Couple of incidents from history. 1. Sartaz Aziz was told to not meet with the Hurriyat before the talks with India. He went ahead and did exactly that. Talks were called off, whose interests were served?

  1. Rajnath Singh the official home minister of India. Was he allowed a press conference?

  2. What were the chances Sartaz Aziz would not give a repeat performance?

As far as Munir Khan is concerned. What can one say....let the average Pakistani citizen form him own opinion

Ganz Dec 11, 2016 05:53pm

"provide finance to the Kashmiri Hurriyat Conference for humanitarian and material support to the Kashmiri victims of Indian repression" This is laughable.. As if Pakistan has not be doing it all these years.

Ganz Dec 11, 2016 05:57pm

@lootra great point

Black Diesel Dec 11, 2016 05:56pm

@Ashraf For your kind Info. sir All the events that were mentioned in that dossier were provided with concrete evidence. Salam

Taimoor khan Dec 11, 2016 05:55pm

Spot on. Brilliant analysis. The suggestion can only be implemented if we have a patriotic, uncompromising leadership without any liability "outside" Pakistan which can be used by other forigen powers to restrict the decision making. Unfortunately our ruling elite are highly compromised lot with all assets in forigen countries which explains these humiliations Pakistan receive when it comes to forigen policy.

Raaz Dec 11, 2016 05:58pm

Very wise advice from an 'Ex Diplomat'

Dove Dec 11, 2016 06:09pm

being an Indian, I want to see my all neighboring countries with very good and homely relations, of course with Pakistan too. I think that the agreement that signed by Gen.Musharraf and Dr Manmohan Singh is the key to open the deadlock between two very important countries of south Asia.
Secondly, the Pak army must away to dictate foreign policy of their own nation. This is not merely their job. In India, there is a perception about Pakistan army in India.

Black Diesel Dec 11, 2016 06:14pm

Seriously..!! All these absurd talks here is pointing out to Pakistan as if Pakistan is the only reason for all the problems in the south Asia. I think when Russians attacked Afghanistan was I believe because of Pakistan and when US invaded Afghanistan was also due to Pakistan and when Sikhs are demanding independence in India is also because of Pakistan and when Kashmirs protest for their right to freedom from Indian rule is also because of Pakistan. And most of all when the pathetic mindset of Afghan people makes them join the Taliban cause for liberation from foreign influence that makes the taliban more stronger is also....because of Pakistan. Then it means my dear Indian friends that your people have every right to fear the Pakistani Nation because it has roots in your country far deeper then you can comprehend and you have every right to show your cowardliness in a regional conference by humiliating an elderly person and then beat your chest as if you have won a great battle.

NANAK Dec 11, 2016 06:20pm

I am reader from India. From various comments, Pakistani readers appear to be impressed by hawkish ideas of the writer. There are references to some lessons from History in the article. However, one fact of modern history (which the writer has deliberately omitted) is that , no country having nuclear & missile power has let its any part go. Bangladesh could be created because Pakistan did not have nuclear & missile power then. Therefore, without going into justification for support to Kashmir by Pakistan I would like to state that any attempt, covert or overt, by Pakistan aimed at snatching Kashmir is doomed to failure.

GK Netherlands Dec 11, 2016 06:23pm

@Nasir Islam

First you need to have independent Foreign Policy ....sound economy ...Only military muscle will not work. It will be self defeating. And that is what has happened to Pakistan. Permanently a confused state and unstable Government !

Guest Dec 11, 2016 06:29pm

May be there is some truth in India and Afghanistan allegations. Pakistani officials just getting tired of defending the indefensible. The stories you concocted leaving the facts aside do not sell any more. There can be another reason. The civilian government under the control of Military playing this passive aggressive game to do indirectly what they could not do as a policy matter because of the fear of Pakistani military. One should know the facts do not change just by making stories. The rest of the world has their own eyes, ears and brains. They are not under your control and will see things as they see.

sanjeev kumar Dec 11, 2016 06:29pm

The policy prescribed by the author are really base of the Pakistani foreign policy or at least Policy to deal with India. The Author was also part of machinery which is responsible for policy formulations. What it has achieved? The same policy fathered formation of Bangladesh. Now you are treating USA as your enemy who provides all military and economic support since your inception. Do you think and believe that only you are right and rest are wrong. Just ponder why you are losing your friends?

Mohan Dec 11, 2016 06:35pm

sir you really amuse me when you say "pakistan could have asked it friends china and turkey to not participate in conference".. as if they would listen to you. weak cannot dictate terms to strong and trust me when i say.. for every country its interests are far more important any other country's interest

rama Dec 11, 2016 06:39pm

"Indians barred the Pakistan leader from meeting the media and even from leaving his hotel"

Are you not aware Indian minister Rajnath Singh was barred from median interaction while he is in Pakistan ?

SVK Dec 11, 2016 06:39pm

@Black Diesel

When you have weak economy, constant infighting and violence, low education standards, always depending on Super Power , unstable Civilian Government , massive corruption ...you are most vulnerable. You are always engrossed in blame game and wishful thinking out of desperation and total helplessness !!

Rahul Dec 11, 2016 06:41pm

All of the author's suggestions are already being implemented. And we can still see that these are falling short. Please come up with something better.

Harmony-1© Dec 11, 2016 06:42pm

@Fauzi Mahmood - "It is better for Pakistan to mend ties with India..."

If the advice is for Pakistan only then that I'm afraid it is just a myopic one sided view!

Madhu Dec 11, 2016 06:51pm

@SKChadha full agreement with you Sir, that would be the fastest way for Pakistan to implode

Adnan Dec 11, 2016 06:59pm

the first para itself is playing the victim. That India will use this conference in such and such manner was 'already' known. Why then could it be not out played? that should be the question rather than Aziz is a senior diplomat and India should not have done this or that. What a stance of weakness.

This is mind-set which is the problem of Pakistan.

SUnil Dec 11, 2016 07:06pm

Sorry to say that all your allegations against India are baseless and there are no proofs.

Rashid Sultan Dec 11, 2016 07:06pm

@Jrc Kashmir has been forcibly made our business and all past and present leadership has made it a 'cause' that is really external to be one that is made out to be internal. We can live without Kashmir and the problem it has been for us since 1947. We should vacate Azad Kashmir and close the chapter for ever so that we can develop and progress the territories that make up Pakistan. Hurriyat, etc can and will have to learn take care of themselves and not be a burden to already impoverished Pakistanis.

Arslan Dec 11, 2016 07:06pm

Isn't this part of Charter of Democracy that Americans wrote for PPP and PMLN that whatever India and Afghanistan say and do, these parties when in government will always remain friendly?

Muhajir Dec 11, 2016 07:10pm

First we have to sort out our internal problems before we start blame game.

Himmat Dec 11, 2016 07:11pm

There was no personal attack on Mr Aziz. Yes they criticised Pakistan's foreign policy. Bad treatment to Mr. Rajnath Singh was on personal level.

edward singh Dec 11, 2016 07:17pm

@Ayub -- well said Ayub !! Peaceful Pakistan,India and Afghanistan will bolster its economic growth and this in return will help upbringing of countries awaams !!

When violence appears to do good the good is only temporary--the evil it does is permament !!

Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat,for it is just momentary !! May there be peace amongst Indians,Afghans and Pakistanis-- we can help each others in many ways !!

Imran Dec 11, 2016 07:27pm

All good suggestions which will fall on deaf ears. Nawaz Sharif has no interest in protecting the dignity of Pakistan. His push for peace with India is admirable but when the other side is not ready for peace and simply wants to use you as a punching bag then one has to take a step back and wait for the other side to come to its senses and above all never ever allow the dignity of your country (Pakistan in this case) be tarnished in any way, shape or form.

PR MAN Dec 11, 2016 08:18pm

@Rebirth This guy had been in government.

Titus Dec 11, 2016 08:26pm

The author belongs to the kind of people who created Pakistan, i think. With such people around, Pakistan will soon be a super duper power. All the very best.

K SRInivas rao Dec 11, 2016 08:54pm

@Lafanga Whatever be his class, Modi would last another Ten years in power.

ARSHAD JAVED Dec 11, 2016 08:56pm

PAKISTAN is being ruled by a business man & He will take care of his business well. SARTAJ AZIZ has been insulted but SARTAJ brought wellwishing message for MIAN SAHIB.

Dada Dec 11, 2016 09:11pm

@Ayub: Perfect response.

Khan-haqiqi Dec 11, 2016 09:14pm

I agree with the author

Mohammad S. Khalid Dec 11, 2016 09:32pm

Mian Nawaz Sharif, Tariq Fatmi, Sartaj Aziz, Aizaz Chaudhry

Who is Who in Pakistan's Foreign Affairs

FZ Dec 11, 2016 09:35pm

@Black Diesel ... Very well written, we have always been on backfoot for no reasons, India cannot push us to the wall all the time... Afghanistan should have some shame & remember how many decades Pakistan has hosted their citizens, where was India that point of time? Today they are bent to India for gains... India becoming strong economoically considering themselves as US... and bullying all neighbors,,, last SAARC boycott is just an open example of that... Wakeup India, Pakistan is not Nepal/Bhuttan

Sensible Pakistani Dec 11, 2016 09:37pm

A very bitter truth but something we should consider its more of a saving grace scenario now !

schali Dec 11, 2016 10:07pm

@aj true, very aluminating and laminating!!!

Prateik Dec 11, 2016 10:14pm

Indus Water will be a new tension for Pakistan apart from Kashmir.

Monsoon Dec 11, 2016 10:17pm

PMLn has made blunder after blunder on national foreign policy. Pakistan should have kept tougher stance against India from the day one of the Modi government. What to expect from a man who has blood on his hands?

Afghanistan will never have peace without Pakistan's support.

Linny Dec 11, 2016 10:44pm

ostensible, timorous, ingratiating , intemperate ..I needed to sit with a dictionary to read this article

Nikhil Dec 11, 2016 11:00pm

@Interested - you nailed it buddy!

Syed hussain Dec 11, 2016 11:19pm

The more you tolerate the more you will get humiliated, because tolerance beyond a limit sends a wrong signal. It is about time you stand up and expose your enemies to the world. It is also a high time to estalish a just, corruption-free strong governance in Pakistan.

Rehman Dec 11, 2016 11:42pm

Sir Munir Akram should be our Prime Minister.

Shahzad Ishaq Khan Dec 12, 2016 12:03am

You are right Sir

Another view Dec 12, 2016 12:03am

@Mazhar naqvi saab, I think current government is the best that Pakistan has sir, it just did not buckle under all the unnecessary hypes created by opposition parties or media. It handled bad situations very well. Do not expect any better form of government sir, by anyone else. For now, only Nawaz saab have the balls to see things through and deal with them (of course there may be mistakes, but that's not end of it). See the big picture. Also, corruption is a relative word sir, you will see it anywhere you want to see it ;-). Try thinking about what corruption is, and it's very complex.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 12, 2016 12:53am

Sartaj Aziz is brave man like his dad Sheikh Aziz Ahmad, who was our principal when I first joined college.

Pakistan tested India and Sartaj Aziz was brave enough to stand amongst the two wolves.This made Pakistan conclude that India was not friend and Pakistan was on the very right track of embracing CPEC and China friendship.Every one with brain can see that Pakistan China as brotherly friends dominate Asia and CPEC could lead to mega gas and oil related projects beyond this initial 46 billion dollars economic corridor.

I admire Pak nation and Mr Sartaj Aziz to absorb this crude and silly behavior of India and Afghanistan.CPEC is good answer to such mad thinking.

Vikram Sood Dec 12, 2016 01:22am

wonderful advice, i hope Pakistan takes it, nothing better could be than such pearls of wisdom...

Ali Dec 12, 2016 01:24am

Pakistan stands for "peace and friendship" with all, its also a responsible nuclear-weapon state, as any military adventure by India could easily escalate into nuclear conflagration. Therefore, so patient with India and Afghanistan's war mongering.

PM Modi should stop threatening smaller countries. He must stop acquiring dangerous weapons and seek peace and friendship with all. That would be great leadership and statesmanship for regional and world peace. People of Pakistan and India want peace.

T Saikiran Dec 12, 2016 01:32am

That is exactly the problem with Pakistan. Correct everyone except itself. Well that's what happen if you interfere in others life.

Amin Daha Dec 12, 2016 01:32am

Again, a very well written article by the author.

Michael Dec 12, 2016 01:37am

Self introspection deviates the implementation of this logical presentation into action. Being conscientiously aware of reality which is afar from the truth, too many exposed skeletons in the closet makes it sign of inhospitable to anyone and everyone. A clean house is always inviting to self, neighbors friends and business associate.

Brownlunki Dec 12, 2016 01:55am

Modi came to you offering friendship in a lot of way including surprise visit on birthday. People like this author didnt like this new way developing peace and kudos to people like you, the peace efforts are back at zero. I have no words for you. When india make a step forward for peace, guys like these make 2 steps backwards . No wonder yiu cudnt do anything as ambassador . Hopeless case.

Shalabh Rathi Dec 12, 2016 02:26am

Good One.

Abx Dec 12, 2016 02:26am

@gogo why dont u tell that to modi

Abx Dec 12, 2016 02:29am

@SUnil so does your allegations against Pakistan

Zahid Dec 12, 2016 02:30am

@Mohit (US) That is what they are doing any way.

Akber Lakhani Dec 12, 2016 04:12am

@lootra Agreed, Pakistani leadership lacks at diplomacy in many fields. Modi, on the other hand wins in those fields. But that does not go in his favor. Modi, did invite Nawaz at his inaugural ceremony and also paid uninvited visit to Lahore on Nawaz's birthday. But do you think people are so much dumb that they can not understand what Modi really intended to prove through his so called friendly gestures?! He says as loudly as he can that he did all that. What he would not say and accept is just why he did all that! That is exactly where Pakistani leadership failed to reciprocate. They are not as diplomatic as Modi and his stooges are. Had that much maturity was there in Nawaz leadership, they would never had allowed Rajnath to attend and walk half way out from that Islamabad meeting. If you remeber, he also said before walking out that he was not there to have lunch(!). Of course, he was not there to have lunch. His agenda was a ticky 'MODI AGENDA'. Alas, Islamabad leadership was not competent to guess the game behind the screen. Also they should have postponed Saarc Conference, anticipating what India could have utilized that event for. Also they should have ignored Heart of Asia conference and should have openly said why they were doing so.

Akber Lakhani Dec 12, 2016 04:22am

@Aisha It is not Bilawal says so. There are hundreds of thousands who say that Modi is not a trustful person( what to say about a trustful friend!). He is great showman. Only he does not realize that his showmanship is not going to last long. And Nawaz? He may be successful businessman- is not a successful politician, and he will never attain that status- I am sorry to say so.

Akber Lakhani Dec 12, 2016 04:25am

@Interested: It is really an option Pakistan should sincerely think over.

Omar Sadiq Dec 12, 2016 05:42am

Till we have govts run by people like Zardaris and Gillanis and Sharrifs, we should expect such insults to the nation.

MeoW Dec 12, 2016 06:23am

Ayub - well said

Gagan Dec 12, 2016 09:05am

@Rebirth that is the reason you are not running the government.

pk Dec 12, 2016 09:25am

Truth is truth when it comes to terrorism and canot be defended.

SPAR Dec 12, 2016 09:38am

When will you guys think the right way? There is at least some element of truth in what Afgan's President was accusing Pakistan about.

Carl Shmel Dec 12, 2016 09:42am

@Ganz Pakistan have applied loan from World Bank & ADB. As soon as Pakistan gets the money , it can follow up on honorable Ambassador's advice.

Shams Dec 12, 2016 09:46am

@giri - Wishful thinking my dear.

Shams Dec 12, 2016 10:07am

@Ayub - Thank you for your thoroughness in advising Pakistan. We will act upon your recommendations, but ... but first, we will implement Munir Akram recommendations. Thanks for showing up here,

Haroon Salam Dec 12, 2016 10:49am

Nice Joke

Pakistani Dec 12, 2016 11:39am

Superb! If only those in power could understand what you are saying; but that would be asking too much of them.

Sage Dec 12, 2016 11:56am

No wonder with the likes of your ambassadors, Pakistan is in this state.

Rashid Sultan Dec 12, 2016 12:42pm

@FZ I wish we were a peaceful and progressive nation like Bhutan! it has become a standard practice of our leaders to exaggerate our self importance by stating we are not Nepal or Bhutan and we are a nuclear power as it the two Himalayan countries are weak and inconsequential and being a nuclear power is a big stick to threaten India with. I do not believe these statements have any impact or make India shudder in its boots. Quite the contrary. It makes us sound like a sick rat inflating its flabby old chest quivering in front of a ferocious big cat. A strong person (and nation) shows maturity, patience and forbearance and doesn't get rattled by inconsequential gestures.

mehmood Dec 12, 2016 12:50pm

brilliantly written

Gustaakh Dec 12, 2016 01:04pm

All good suggestions.

Fida Dec 12, 2016 01:15pm

I personally have no liking for the writer, but on this particular article I am hundred percent with him. Pakistan should follow a strong and brutal policy towards both India and Pakistan as suggested by the writer.

fAzal ghaffar Dec 12, 2016 04:30pm

Outstanding!!!!

BABA Dec 13, 2016 01:13am

Great Article by Munir Saab....

Sam Dec 13, 2016 01:22am

@Mohit (US) lol..many didn't get the sarcasm!

sameer Dec 13, 2016 06:45am

Maybe its time to superannuate a doddering and aging Aziz who is clearly not sharp and aggressive enough. I was shocked to know that he met Ghani AFTER the latter pasted Pakistan in such a public fora, in front of a gathering of international VVIPs and diplomats when everybody knows Afghanistan is a basket case and needs just about everybody and his dog for survival. I wonder if the diplomat was even briefed by foreign office and national security mandarins, given the outright hostility and belligerence of Modi dispensation or were their inputs simply ignored by PMO. Seriously, some ppl seem to have no shame at all and would go to any length to grovel before Modi, relying mistakenly on his change of heart. The guy's an RSS nurtured, heartless old-hand, programmed to think in only one direction !! Some politicians and bureaucrats might also need lessons in statecraft from Shunzu's Art of warfare.

Habib Vora Dec 13, 2016 09:16am

Government should listen to this writer's advice.

Paps Dec 13, 2016 11:01am

@Ammyjd There is some one with some sense!

Qazi Rashid Dec 13, 2016 12:46pm

I have nothing but deep respect for the author. A true patriotic Pakistani.

Saeed ullah khan wazir Dec 13, 2016 02:06pm

I respect Munir sahib highly,But his recent article does not go well with me....the decades long hawkish approach did not work in the long term.especially when it comes to bilateral relationship. .. political engagement and negotiations should be perused. .

kumar Dec 13, 2016 02:21pm

@Ashraf Pakistan has been preparing dossiers for long time and submitting them to UN, with no results. These dossiers were never made public. UN does not believe Pakistan.

Khwarezmi Dec 13, 2016 02:45pm

Pakistan should close all border crossings with Afghanistan for imports and exports including Pakistani ports. The only traffic must be a one way ticket for Afghan refugees. This would help us in our fight against terrorism as well. Also, our UAVs and secret and highly mobile borderpatrol can be helpful in maintaning our position. Maybe this will help the Afghans to revisit their anti Pakistan policies.

lafanga Dec 13, 2016 02:46pm

@K SRInivas rao "Whatever be his class, Modi would last another Ten years in power."

As long as he keeps his nose out of Pakistan, we don't care if he stays there for 50 years. It's your loss.

kumar Dec 13, 2016 02:48pm

@Zak Forceful actions work both ways.India will respond forcefully for any provocation from Pakistan. Days of Congress with weak response are gone.

The Right Left Dec 13, 2016 06:40pm

Agreed to the full ! But our rules are care not for such minor things as honor and respect.

SA Dec 13, 2016 08:51pm

@SHAHID IQBAL Read Bhaiijan's comments above...that's the truth. don't live in a fool's world!

Muhammad (US) Dec 13, 2016 09:02pm

There are no simple solution for Pakistan's predicament. Let's face it: Every country has its own interests and one gets respect by being strong (I agree with author here). But, the strength I am talking about is economic strength. In the short term, Pakistan needs to take stand against both enemy states. However, in the longer term we need to make the country stronger by paying taxes and stop bleeding through corruption. It seems the current PMLN govt is too soft on India and its policy of appeasement will only bring problems for the country.

Zeeshan ahmed Dec 13, 2016 09:23pm

Very accurate insight into the inner mechanics and workings of the South Asian political mindset – indeed, Pakistan’s current posture portrays a tacit acceptance of Indian allegations. However, on the global stage, this change in posture by Pakistan also portrays India as the unreasonable, childish aggressor that is unwilling to negotiate. What further needs to be highlighted is the Hindutva ideology in the mainstream government that is not aligned to the secular democratic states whom India is trying to woe.

Jamil Soomro, NEW YORK CITY Dec 13, 2016 10:21pm

The proud Sikhs and their city Amritsar is known for great hospitality. I still can't comprehend why Mr.Aziz was mistreated?

Anon Dec 13, 2016 11:18pm

@NK In Pakistan, tthhe phrase National Intetest means different things to different people.