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How Pakistan should Deal with America

30 September, 2011

By Saeed Qureshi


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There is the least need and rationale for antagonizing the United States which in her overflowing frustration due to failure in Afghan war may turn her cannons towards Pakistan. This volatile yet half-way flare --up between two close yet disgruntled allies may be dealt with great caution as to elude the projected harm. An overly enraged and provoked American military leadership in league with supporters in Congress may opt for an all out war in the tribal regions against the Haqqani network.

It should be unthinkable for Pakistan army to counter the American military advances with armed response. Pakistan and American armies should never be allowed to brace against and face each other in a direct confrontation. That situation would spell disaster for Pakistan whose armed forces are primarily ordained to watch the eastern front and defend Pakistan from Indian military adventurism.  Even the ordinary skirmishes between the NATO and the Pakistan army; would sow the seeds of a permanent hostility between the two countries which have been knotted in friendship for so long.

All is not yet lost with the United States that is the leading trade partner of Pakistan for so long. The United States is a super power and Pakistan should not incur the animosity of a country whose grudge and revenge like elephant is proverbial. It could immensely destabilize and isolate Pakistan.

In the backdrop of anti- US loud epitaphs and throwing of challenges and gauntlets by Pakistani hawkish circles, it would be very much desirable for India to see Pakistan jump into the fray against the United States. India would want Pakistan's armed forces to be debilitated to the extent that these cannot put up any defense vis- a-vis India.

It would, therefore,  be a colossal blunder for Pakistan to venture an armed clash with NATO and United States in case they launch solo military offensive in the North Waziristan to dismantle or liquidate the Haqqani network of insurgents.

Notwithstanding the consensus resolution of the All Parties' Conference, it is inescapable to ignore the hard fact that Pakistan should not adopt inflexible and hard-line postures against America. United States could still be prevailed upon to accommodate Pakistan's point of view. America knows well that her supply line through Pakistan can be irreparably hampered if the hostilities and the brinkmanship go beyond a threshold which in this case would be to infiltrate and intrude into Pakistan's airspace and land.

In these projected scenarios, the Haqqani network may not be debilitated entirely but Pakistan would be mauled socially and economically. Moreover, the armed forces would sustain a great jolt that might cripple its functionality for a prolonged period of time. Pakistan armed forces must remain intact for greater and real challenges and dangers that can come only from India.

Pakistan should lay down all the facts before the American leadership and the accusing and vilifying political stalwarts and try to convince them of the fallacy of the uncharitable and unsubstantiated charges being leveled against the ISI.  If there is evidence with the American as they claim, it might be contested or explained in a conciliatory spirit.

Pakistan should be very candid, forthright and vigorous on pleading about its clean hands and non-involvement in attacks on the NATO forces and other civilian installations in Afghanistan. Pakistan should also logically make it clear to the American administration including Pentagon that it could not afford to make a military push into North Waziristan for a variety of very compelling reasons.

First it should be explicitly argued that Pakistan cannot waste its military muscle and fritter away its dwindling economic potential on further enlarging its offensive to North Waziristan. It is neither wise for Pakistan nor for American because Haqqani group can be cajoled by Pakistan to act as a bridge between hardcore Taliban and America for the latter to leave Afghanistan peacefully and with a modicum of grace.

America should appreciate and understand the odds and limitations for Pakistan to fight in North Waziristan. Pakistan should also convince America that use of force was not always the right and prudent course to defeat or destroy the enemy. It should also reason with America that making fresh enemies from time to time and nailing them down with the show of excessive military might was a short sighted approach. But first, Pakistan should incontrovertibly prove its total detachment from the attacks against the occupation forces in Afghanistan.

It is time for Pakistan to exhibit the delicate diplomacy, firmness and full faith in its stand, a sustained sagacity and prudence and unwavering steadfastness so that Pakistan does not look like a felon before the world community.

Friendship with The United States that has enormous leverage with IMF, United Nations and elsewhere would still stand in good stead for Pakistan. It is much desirable to be on the path of reconciliation, peace and normality than jingoism and unrealistic sloganeering that might land Pakistan in deep trouble.

America is quite aware that the peace in Afghanistan and her honorable exit was not possible without good offices and partnership of Pakistan. Hopefully, in a spirit of mutual accommodation, both sides may understand each other's point better and shoot away their mutual bickering and misunderstandings. Pakistan should speak with America from a position of higher moral ground, with absolute honesty and with national honor in view.

Reader Comments:

Justt because India is not a super power Pakistan cannot and should not make the mistakes with India that you so eloquently say should not be made against USA. Pakistan in its own interests and in the interest of its people needs very much to introspect and answer the questions that it seems Nawaz Sharif asked and is reported to have said - there is no smoke without fire

A.Raja Rao, - 30 September, 2011

Honor

If pakistan cannot defend its own territory in North Waziristan then it should get out of there and let the Americans handle the situation. If they cannot defend against a rag tag bunch of terrorists then how can they defend itself against India.

RKK, Canada - 30 September, 2011

How Pakistan should Deal with america

presenting your rump will not save u from a wounded tiger

Michael Childress, United States - 01 October, 2011

BRINKMANSHIP.

Saeed Quereshi may try his best to limit damage control by playing with language, mauling it to show the worth of Pakistan is ,from his point of view appears reasonable . But reality is quite different as its not Afghanistan but Pakistan is the vortex of international terrorism ,the epicenter of Islamic Fascism ,like it or not. U.S. understands now the real trouble makers for last 30-40 yrs is deep inside Pakistan not Afghanistan . It also recognizes Northern Alliance has much potential along with CAS and Russia is their ally. The current crisis may have opened the eyes of U.S to reality check & their future (to sleep with eyes closed at night ) depends only with removal of Pakistan ,come what may as the very source of breeding extremism / Islam Fascism originates here and reaches certainly U.S. mainland in no time. TIME TO MAKE UP THEIR MINDS. (hope they already if one privately talks to Panetta, Gen.Patreas. The only hope for Pakistan is to have a regime that caters to West but as things are unfolding its a distant mirage to U.S. /U.K. There's a golden saying and U.S must never forget to implement ie; STRIKE WHEN THE IRON IS HOT , now or never for west.

Raymond Redhot, United Kingdom - 02 October, 2011

Charity begins at home. Whay not begin with ' How Pakistan should deal with ITSELF '. Can you think of a peaceful, peace loving and prosperous Pakistan'.

dv1936, - 05 October, 2011

USA and Pakistan

Saeed Qureishi is being realistic here but only to a certain extent. Yes. Pakistan can never challenge the military might of the USA who has proved time and time again that it can ruthlessly destroy nations with disproportionate attacks on smaller,weaker nations. Classic example is that of Iraq a once proud and ancient civilisation now reduced to a rubble because of an invasion based on a lie. To achieve her aims the US does not hesitate to lie,maim and destroy anyone who come into her way.
An interesting quote from the German magazine 'Der Spiegel' once said:

"Never before in modern history has a country dominated the earth so totally as the United States does today. America is now the Schwarzennegger of international politics,showing off muscles,obstrusive,intimidating. The Americans in the absence of limits put to them by anybody or anything, act as if they own a kind of blank check in their 'Mcworld'. -quote from 'Der Spiegel' 1997.
How very true.
So Mr Saeed. It is not Pakistan who is being hawkish towards America but it is just the other way around. America's aggressive attitude in politics is well known throughout world history.

In the words of William Blum, American author,historian and critic of US foreign policy:

'If you flip over the rock of American foreign policy of the past century and today this is what crawls out....

'invasions,bombings, overthrowing governments,occupations,suppressing movements for social change,assassinating political leaders, perverting elections, manipulating labour unions,manufacturing "news", economic and political sanctions, death squads,torture,biological warfare,depleted uranium, drug trafficking and mercenaries.'

He adds:'It is not a pretty picture but it is enough to give imperialism a bad name'. So very true again.

It should not be forgotten that Pakistan has lost 30000 of her precious soldiers fighting America's war in her border regions. Plus Pakistan is seeing Sept 11's on a daily basis and drone attacks

Rezan, - 05 October, 2011

How Pakistan should deal with America

Yes, UNDERSTANDING by all means that is just, reasonable and honourable to both sides. Pakistan doesn't want to pick up quarrel with anyone, never mind war. But Pakistan is an honourable nation and wouldn't submit to anyone's diktat and like any other nation would not like any state to violate her territorial integrity/sovereignty.
Mr Qureshi's comment is similar to that of Ex president General Musharraf who capitulated to baby Bush, the most despicable war criminal of mediocre intelligence. and is of idyosyncratic tendency who cklaimed to talk to God!!!
"Cowards die many times before their death". This Anglo-Saxon saying has got much truth in it. Pakistan wouldn't be an easy meat for anyone.
Demonising Pakistan would not pave the way for the war criminal USA govt to get out of its Afghan quagrire that had not been of Pakistan's making.

Al-Hilal, United Kingdom - 06 October, 2011

How Pakistan should deal with with America

Mr Qureshi brings in India and plays with language & articulates well but this does not dilute the fact that finally Americans/West have understood the deep rooted problem lies in Pakistan. Home bred Islamic fascism is a Frankenstein's monoster now. Gobbling up Pakistan in entirety

True, no smoke without fire. Enough of denial, falisification by ISI, Military. The "eye" of the cyclone lies there in Pakistan as its run by bearded Mullahs' who prefer dogmatic Islamic interpretation for self gains.

Its high time for common Pakistanis to self introspect. Instead of fearing Eastern border, its time to cleanse the house off Talibanization, Haqqanis and fundamentalists.

Gupta, India - 07 October, 2011

Pakistani mindset

Why would India feel the need to fight Pakistan? Pakistan is doing a great job of destroying itself.

The author displays his rampant anti-Indianism. However, these shameless pakis do not hesitate to beg for favors from India, be it EU trade concessions, wanting to come to India to play cricket, fuel price concessions and a liberal visa policy.

realist, - 15 November, 2012

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