Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pak-US strategic dialogue

Pak-US strategic dialogue will be held on March 24 in Washington. Preparation for the dialogue has already started as American high officials have commenced visiting Islamabad. Recent trip of the US National Intelligence Director Dennis C Blair is an example. During the strategic dialogue in 2008, both sides had discussed regional and international issues of common interest. The US had expressed support for continued dialogue and improved relations between Pakistan and its neighbours. Washington and Islamabad had also agreed to co-operate in the fields of education, science, technology and energy. However, the United States did not compensate Pakistan fully in terms of its promises and the losses which the latter bore during war on terror. Instead a blame game against Islamabad was started coupled with the maxim, “do more” against the militants. The result was trust deficit between Islamabad and Washington.

On March 13, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said the objective of strategic dialogue with the US is to enhance people-to-people strategic relationship which will bridge the trust deficit. Gilani elaborated that the dialogue would broadly cover economic, defence, security and social sectors. He further stated that his government’s objective is not only to upgrade the dialogue status, but also to develop a solid and enduring framework for long-term Pakistan-US relations. However, Washington meeting will be of utmost importance for both the US and its frontline ally in the war on terror. The significance of the Pak-US strategic dialogue could be judged from the fact that Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Ashfaque Kayani is the first army chief who will also be part of the delegation headed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. Recently, General Kayani held a meeting with Foreign Minister Qureshi to discuss the agenda for the Pak-US strategic dialogue. In the said meeting, the COAS exchanged views on matters related to Pakistan and India. If read between the lines, this exchange is actually going to be the focal point of the agenda at the meeting in Washington. ..............................................Pakobserver


The relations between the Pakistan and USA are getting almost a new (and hopefully lasting) footing. During the cold war, Pakistan was seen as an important ally of the West to block and contain the menace of communism. Still Pakistan was subject to unfair treatment, malice, and exploitation. After the cold war era was over, Pakistan retained only a nominal value for the western powers and experienced even more blackmail. During the war on terror, Pakistan again felt the heat and faced the tactics of carrot and cane. Now that western powers are feeling that war in Afghanistan needs an end, Pakistan has a crucial role to play. It will be a win-win situation for the free world if Af-Pak region could see peace and stability, could become a corridor for global trade with Central Asia, and bring vast investment opportunities to revive the world economy. Let’s hope that a constructive outcome results from the strategic talks between the two sides.

I agree with you George. These are much needed dialogues for the peace in the region and in the world.
PAKISTAN must put the indian support and funding of terrorists in pakistan as well.

The United States won't ever offer any Nuclear Tech to Pakistan only because the NPT commision has openely stated that AQ Khans Nuclear proliferation network was backed by Pakistans government.

So, Pakistan shoudl realize they will be disarmed of their nukes, before a nuclear deal is given.

Especially now, since Pakistan signed the IPI deal with Iran, which is a direct insult to the U.S and its pressure on Iran.

I'm Pretty sure Pakistan won't get anymore pennies thrown in its beggar bowl, just because of the signing of the IP Deal with Iran.

How will Pakistan survive? a Bankrupt Nation being bombed left and right from U.S drones,Taliban and Baloch freedom fighters !

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