Pakistan May Have To Change Its Stained Foreign Policy!
30 April 2016
By Dr. Abdul Ruff
As Pakistan is struggling to come out of the US trap, Pakistan's leadership
has not realized that their foreign policy, now focused entirely on India,
Pakistan, Afghanistan and aid from USA and Arab world, is stained and
outdated. Pakistan has lost thousands of Muslims, lost huge wealth in
destruction; while the US led terror forces continue to target innocent
people. Wrong policy selection has destabilized the nation.
Many would say Pakistani foreign policy is outdated and therefore redundant in
modern times and yet some others say Pakistan has no time tested foreign
policy at all.
Recently Russian president Vladimir Putin has instructed his foreign ministry
to revise and update Russian foreign policy document in keeping with the
latest developments in the world, especially Russian position in Ukraine and
Syria. Presidential order means action and the foreign ministry is busy with
the executing Putin's order.
Of course, Pakistan is not a great power like Russia or USA requiring regular
revision of foreign policy. However, Islamabad cannot ignore the rules of
Frankly, Pakistan does not enjoy any clear cut foreign policy and its
diplomacy is limited only to get foreign aid from Saudi led Arab world as well
as US led western capitalist world. Perhaps, Pakistani rulers believe they
don't need any concrete foreign policy at all as their vague diplomacy,
focused on foreign money and terror goods, has been able to get what they want
As a result, Pakistan and to dilute its Islamic agenda and all their efforts
are focused on how best to get more military aid. When Arab nations themselves
have begun invading neighboring nations and killing fellow Muslims, Pakistan
has a solid to reason to kill Pakistanis.
That Pakistan also, like its neighbor Hindutva India, officially promotes
corruption and frauds as nation's prestige only reveals what is store for this
Frankly, unlike sovereign nations, Pakistan does not enjoy full sovereignty
having lost it to Americans who want to make Islamabad another colony in
Islamic world that could be directly controlled by Israel later, just as it
does Palestine. USA and its western allies like UK had helped Israel, a nation
of international criminal gangs, get Palestine under its brutal control.
Pakistan perhaps had expected USA to help and defend it form Indian arrogance
but today it fears America as much as it does India. Both India and USA have a
common anti-Islamic agenda being executed by powerful joint media Islamophobia.
Islamabad, like Palestine and Kashmir, has reason to feel suffocation from
Indo-US joint operations to destabilize Islamabad. New Delhi seeks to destroy
Pakistan and wants USA to take away its nukes and transfer Azad Kashmir to
The problem is Americans thin their nation unnecessarily offers too much of
money to Pakistan for nothing and do not think their government is paying
Pakistan its due service charges for the work done by Pakistani government,
intelligence and military boys, targeting Muslims.
Pakistan's foreign affairs are on auto mode and it does not in fact require
any independent minister to handle it. In fact, there is nothing to handle at
all. PM Nawaz Sharif, who is now busy with somehow solving the Panama leaks
involving him and family, takes foreign affair on day to day business. All
that Pakistan requires is aid from USA and EU and help from Saudi led GCC,
rather service charges to allow their terror forces on Pakistani soil,
targeting Muslims in and around. They do have some out dated guys as adviser
to PM on Foreign affairs. There is no long term planning required. At present
PM is busy to clear his and his family name from Panama leak scandal.
More precisely, military plays the central role in foreign and security
Pakistan's proxies have extracted a very heavy price but those feeding it are
oblivious to the toll on lives snuffed out, locally as well as in the
Increased oil supplies eased financial difficulty of many nations around the
world. There has been a swing away and perceptible shifts in foreign policy in
the Gulf region and on the Arabian Peninsula which have dominated the foreign
policy landscape for most countries for decades.
Pakistan declined the invitation to join the war being fought by Saudi Arabia
in Yemen to the considerable irritation of the Saudis who are used to Pakistan
doing their bidding.
Strains in relations with USA, Pakistan had solace in Arab world as it
continued to obtain aid from Saudi led Gulf States. But when Pakistan had to
stick to its policy of not to take position between Sunni and Shiia fights,
had refused to support Saudi war in Arab world, it finds itself in an awkward
situation as it needs aid to back up its failing economy and ever increasing
military expenditures. Fortunately China offered opportunity to Pakistan to
compensate for the loss of resource flow form USA, EU and Arab world, there is
not direct threat from Arab nations in terms of aid cuts.
Eyes, thus, turned instead to China and elsewhere, with the emergent
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) being touted as the Uber-Fix for a
myriad of economic and social woes, the fix-all to fix everything. Eyes also
turned to Iran as the opportunities opened up by the lifting of American
sanctions suddenly made the long-delayed pipeline project between Iran and
Pakistan more of a possibility. Pakistan calculates that its rejection of
Saudi request for military to fight war in Mideast can make Islamabad a
''close friend'' of Iran automatically.
Relations with India seemed to improve amid bitter argument over terror
attacks like Pathankot in India and Pakistan and a halting dialogue got under
way. Even relations with Afghanistan took an uptick. America warmed slightly
as well and by the end of the year, the foreign policy environment was
beginning to look healthier than it had for decades — but it may all have been
a house of cards.
The collapse began with the attack on the Indian airbase at Pathankot that
skewered the bilateral talks that were about to move to the foreign secretary
level. There were efforts to keep the talks on track and there were 'contacts'
between the two sides but the talks are effectively dead in the water. It is
that failure by the states to resolve the Kashmir issue.
India worries that American lawmakers are far from happy with the obvious and
continuing presence and capacity of Taliban groups to operate from Pakistan;
so irritated are they that the latest F16 purchase has run into the sand and
Pakistan is going to have to find $700 million because the US Congress refuses
to use American taxpayers' money to fund the deal as a favor for Pakistani
help in killing Muslims all around.
To cap four months of foreign policy discomfort, Russian President Vladimir
Putin has decided to refuse the invitation to visit Pakistan in what is the
diplomatic equivalent of a mighty slap in the face. Russia is not a country
that is to the fore in terms of protecting the human rights of its citizenry
and has its own problems with extremist groups, Muslim and otherwise — to say
nothing of its interventionist positions in the Middle East and Ukraine.
Russia is a virtual super power and a powerful veto member, effectively
blocking all nefarious plans of capitalist world and its secretly imperialist
designs. It can take decision unilaterally and on request from USA and
pressure from its arms ally India. Though it has been the subject of sanctions
in the wider world yet Russia is disdainful of an invitation by Pakistan. New
Delhi's strategic community argues in denying Pakistan a chance to host its
president, Russia has stood firmly behind India and its terror victim claims.
The reasons for declining the visit are somewhat opaque but Russia is believed
to be less than delighted with the persistence and proliferation of extremist
groups within India. Russia has considerable potential for Pakistan as a
trading partner, but citing insufficient ''substance'' to Putin's trip as the
reason to refuse the invitation, which in diplomatic terms is almost
unparalleled as invitations such as this are only given after the back-channel
work has been done — is virtually unprecedented.
Russia always obliges USA and India in the international arena. In fact by
signing agreements with Pakistan, Russia would only help Pakistan and it does
not want to give any opportunity for Pakistani regime to crawl again towards
or closer to USA which is still persisting with its call to ''do more''
targeting Muslims. This is a part of the usual cooperative politics of the big
powers USA and Russia.
Pakistan is being misruled by the rich, corporate and aristocratic families to
promote their collective interests in the country and abroad. The leadership
has no time for the people and therefore is not interested in welfare of
common masses. Many Pakistanis, like many rich Arabs do, keep money and wealth
Of course, currently Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif could be busy with solving the
Panama leaks involving him and his family members in money laundering. As it
is Islamabad, like New Delhi is promoting a mischievous policy to help the
rich and corporate lords to secretly take away money from the country and keep
in foreign banks.
Even as Pakistani regime assists with US military to use the Islamic nation as
a safe haven to engineer murder of Pakistanis, the Panama papers have listed
over 250 Pakistanis, including senior officials and the mother of a woman
filmmaker who won two Oscars this year, in the biggest-ever global data leaks
as having offshore companies. According to the details given by the
International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) through an online
searchable database, at least 259 Pakistanis have been named with links to
They include several influential people including Abdul Sattar Dero, former
general manager of the Port Qasim Authority; Shaukat Ahmed, the ex-president
of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI); and Saba Obaid, mother
of renowned filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. The database contains ownership
information about companies created in 10 offshore jurisdictions including the
British Virgin Islands, the Cook Islands and Singapore. It covers nearly 30
years until 2010.
The fresh digital cache includes names of members of Pakistan's business elite
but it is not immediately ascertainable whether the documents contain names of
political heavyweights like the explosive April 3 Panama leaks that named
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's children Maryam, Hassan and Hussain among other
world leaders having offshore wealth. The release of more names with link to
offshore companies may soften pressure on Sharif, who faced angry opposition
demanding his resignation over the Panama scandal.
Sharif last month asked Supreme Court, maybe just for the sake of it, to probe
all listed in the Panama papers, while opposition parties want his probe
In the emerging multilateral diplomacy, Pakistan also requires a visible
foreign policy to effectively pursue national interest globally according to a
policy document that would guide the government and foreign ministry to
advance Pakistani global interest as an Islamic nation. If the FP document
works well for Pakistan the same might be emulated by other nations,
especially Muslim countries to archive maximum advantages in the long run.
Pakistan should stop looking at the world through Indian prism and refocus its
urgent needs abroad and ascertain the best ways it should follow in order to
obtain positive results. A vague policy fully focused on India is no answer to
Pakistani problems. That keep accumulating as strategic Indo-USA pivot allies
jointly evolve strategy to further weaken the Islamic nation in the Indian
subcontinent. Beware of poisonous snakes around.
Snakes should be feared as they are never friendly and they are harmful and
can bite anyone at will as their legitimate right. They cannot be tamed or
domesticated though they can be rendered harmless but for that they have to be
caught first. However, Pakistan itself is in trouble- in fact invited trouble
as it allowed the US and NATO forces to land in, and occupy the nation and use
it for a war first against its neighbor Afghanistan and then against Pakistan
by killing Pakistani soldiers and civilians at will by brutal Zionist drone
methods. They bit Pakistan's foreign policy and made it impotent and
irrelevant. Unfortunately, nobody in the government had bothered to remove
Russian attitude of rejecting the Pakistani invitation for an official visit
as a positive gesture to improve relations has, obviously, caused enormous
strains in the already wounded Pakistani psyche. But Islamabad can clearly see
the twin 'cause' of all this and it cannot do anything to set the relations
right against the will of Indo-USA.
Pakistan must recognize the new reality that old Cold war is not there and the
merging new Cold war is of a different kind and without any ideology involved
and mutual cooperation against Islam.
Pakistan suffers mainly because it has no profound foreign policy to defend
the actions abroad. UK which is supposed to take care of Pakistani interests
as leader of Commonwealth in the UN refuses to do anything that helps Pakistan
Only foreign policy document can tell what is right and wrong in a particular
move by the government abroad. Putin is keen to know if there is anything
wrong in his recent foreign moves.
If, however, Pakistani government says the nation can exist without any
foreign policy, in fact , there is no answer.
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Indian dynastic politics: Kerala is destined to be misruled by Congress,
Communist alternative governments!
Indian dynastic politics: Kerala is destined to be misruled by Congress,
Communist alternative governments!
-Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal
Former foes Congress and Communist parties are now closely tied comrades in
arms and they know how to play politics in Kerala by keeping the people at a
distance, while advancing their own exclusive interests. For the communists,
in fact, people have become the problem while the rich and corporates are
their new friends. That is to say, misrule of Kerala and West Bengal has made
the communists to recognize the capitalists as their 'allies' in politics.
After all poor and common masses cannot offer the communist parties money.
Because they don't have money but the rich and corporates can offer a lot of
black money to the parties during the poll. Communists have become 'practical'
and even propagate 'convergence' theory as their own.
With opinion polls – and perhaps intelligence reports – suggesting the rout of
the ruling Congress led UDF coalition government and its replacement by
Communists led LDF, both the Congress and Communists are busy taking positions
in the state secretariat – Congress party taking away what is left in the
treasury and Communists finding 'able' replacement of agents to do business in
the capital for the parties. The UDF backed rich mafia would strike quick
deals and take home huge sums for the last time before the new set of mafias
take charge there. New Sarithas would resurface at the state secretariat to
make the let bosses happy and keep them in good humors.
The change in government would not make any difference to populations.
Communists would not do anything good for the people and in order to cover up
their failures, they would begin their usual favorite blame game as soon as
they take change as new rulers blaming the UDF for what will not be good in
the state. There ends all hopes of people who voted them to power to get rid
of wretched misrule gang. The literate Keralites have got no credible
One may call it the crude destiny of a population if it continues to suffer
the ill-effects of misrule by the parties that they choose alternatively with
a mandate to rule the state. Kerala, like its neighbor Tamil Nadu, has been
the target of corrupt political parties led by self centered guys who want to
make wealth by suing politics as business. Sons and daughters and other kin
gradually replace the ruling circles.
Since the national situation is not different from that, politicians misrule
alternatively the state, looting the resources according to some profitable
formula. Since the corrupt Congress-Muslim League rulers of Kerala, known as a
crude joke in cricket circles as god's own country' because the Congress
government made Sachin – a self styled petty god fake batboy with bogus
records 'set' out of match fixings by powerful mafia with government links –
to emigrate from his Mumbai city to Kochi, Kerala's money centre, people have
been left with no choices except accepting either Congress or Communists as
their ill-fate just like in USA where the most educated Americans can choose
only between republicans and democrats who follow similar polices and fool the
Both dynasty misrule and rampant corruption continue to thrive in Kerala as
the rulers, including Communists are eager to 'generate' the top rich peole to
compete with Indian national frauds and if possible with global business
Sons and daughters of top political leaders who assumed power in Trivandrum
consider themselves as the legitimate heirs to the throne. Every former
Congress and other splinter groups follow the strategy in politics. A minster
Munir, son of former acting CM belonging to Muslim League, a major component
as well as considered life line of UDF government, is dreaming to become the
CM of the state because his father was so albeit for a brief period. However,
the ML leadership thinks now Munir is 'too young' to be CM and can wait for
more years but he 'deserves' to be the CM. And hence the ML does not claim CM
post though it saves the government all the time from falling.
Even among UDF partners, Kerala Congress always fought for the CM chair but
Oommen Chandy very tactfully denied it any chance for CM post and also kept
the group from shifting its loyalty to the waiting communist led LDF where
former CM and opposition leader Achuthanandan had been seeking 'converts''
from UDF until election was announced to somehow get a couple of MLAs form UDF
to from alternative government.
Interestingly, a shrewd Oommen Chandy hurriedly inaugurated the incomplete the
central bus station with just mere structures in the capital Trivandrum two
years ago fearing abrupt fall of his government eventually as a couple of MLAs
from UDF were coining with the idea of abandoning the UDF leading to its
collapse, and joining the LDF to launch a new left government under
Achuthanandan. CM Oommen Chandy did that possibly to make sure his name
appears in the bus station as ''inaugurated by Oommen Chandy' and to claim it
as the Congress achievements in the election campaign which it is doing now.
Meanwhile, the Hindutva parties led by ultra communal BJP have been trying to
fish in the troubled waters in Kerala, just like it does elsewhere. They think
they also have right to misrule and make Kerala a state of communal crimes;
though the Congress party maintains secret link with BJP, it won't help the
Hindutva now as its facing a rout situation.
Like in Tamil Nadu, BJP is in a fluid situation in Kerala too. For the first
time in its history, BJP could forge alliance with ''over ambitious''
political partners in Kerala and form NDA to take on both CPI-M led Left
Democratic Front and Congress-led United Democratic Front to alter the course
of poll battle in the state.
In the time Modi bang, both RSS and BJP central leadership wanted to open
double digit account in Kerala Assembly. They felt Kerala's untouchability
towards Hindutva politics blocking lotus bloom in the state. But with 6.3 per
cent cadre vote bank, electoral prospects of the BJP remained limited in
Kerala's bipolar political spectrum.
To overcome the challenge, BJP found a convenient ally in Vellapally Natesan,
self styled champion of Ezhava community, who was interested only in power
game. Vellapally who had taken over Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam, an
organization for the welfare of Ezhavas founded by Sree Narayana Guru, a great
social reformer in Kerala in 1903, found BJP a convenient ally for his
political avtar. He claimed the backing of 23 per cent Ezhava vote bank in the
state and have been working long to consolidate his political base and enjoyed
playing the role of political power broker for long. He preached Ezhava pride
and justice for Ezhavas and initiated micro credit for poor women. And,
finally floated a political outfit Bharat Dharma Jana Sena and crowned his son
Thushar Vellapally as its President.
BJP calculated that BJDS may help the party to infiltrate into Ezhava base
that help them to win at least in three Assembly constituencies where party
comes second in 2011 poll. PC Thomas led Kerala Congress and Janathipathya
Rashtriya Sabha led by CK Janu, fire brand tribal leader in Kerala constituted
a micro segment and publicity for the BJP. BJP was in advantageous position in
the beginning as Congress was doomed in corruption and scandals and CPI-M was
dipped in factional feuds. With Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mantra of
development and make over India campaign fancied youth and neutral voters in
Modi, having lost his own image of 'Mr. developmental gentleman', won't be
able to add any votes to Kerala BJP bag. When the election campaign started,
there was a feeling in Kerala, BJP would open account in more than three
Assembly constituencies. But when poll campaign enters final leg, the halo
around the BJP is fading fast. the aggressive Hindutva agenda projected by BJP
and RSS during the poll campaign has no effect. ''It helped minorities
especially Muslims to cast vote strategically to defeat BJP.
BJP central leadership rated Kasargod, Manjeshwaram, Nemom and Vattiyoorkavu
as their prime constituencies where party has high rate of winning chances and
set its eyes on 25 other constituencies where party can decide the winner.
Congress-led UDF was banking on BJP strategy to block LDF from coming to
Strategic voting pattern always defeated BJP in Kasargod and Manjeshwaram in
the past where party has a strong cadre base. In 2001, CK Padmanabhan of BJP
lost to Cherkalam Abdulla of IUML for 13186 votes in Manjeswaram and PK
Krishnadas of BJP too lost to C T Ahmedali of IUML in Kasargod for a margin
19000 votes. In these constituencies, CPIM came to the third position. In
2006, again in Manjeswaram CPIM's C.H. Kunhambu defeated BJP's Narayana Bhatt
for 4800 votes. In Kasargod too IUML candidate CT Ahmedali trounced his BJP
rival over 9000 votes. 2011, IUML candidates won Manjeswaram and Kasargod
Hindutva BJP failed to understand inner dynamics of Kerala politics. When BJP
joined hands with Vellappalli, Nairs shunted the party. They constitute 13 per
cent of population. Traditionally Nairs and upper castes were backing BJP in
Kerala. In many constituencies, Nairs may not vote for BJDS candidates and
Ezhavas may not vote for BJP candidates. In fact BJP poll agenda helped CPI-M
to consolidate its Ezhava base as party focused on the vote drain from the
The organization Hindu parliament in Kerala has announced that it would
support Left Front candidates in 37 constituencies where BJDS is contesting in
the state. If BJP could not convince Hindu Parliament to vote for BJDS, how
the party could make an entry in the Kerala Assembly. They may have to wait in
the Visitor's gallery of the Assembly for the time being.
Unlike its success of caste politics in Karnataka, BJP miserably lost its
caste approach in Kerala. And it is difficult if it can ever gain any big vote
bank to have MLAs in the state assembly.
Sensing the public mood, former CM and former India's defence minister AK
Antony commented that ''BJP can only open bank accounts in Kerala and not in
Meanwhile Kerala people would have to suffer the misrule of Congress and
Communist parties until they discover a genuine and honest leader to emerge
from public life.
Maybe that time may not be too far away. Tamils have already found parties
like PWA and PMK with promise of genuine governance without corruption and
without intoxication of the pubic and for the real development of the state.