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How the coming elections can change Pakistan. Or will it change anything?


Elections in Yumm-Rika and Pakistan are holding up some vital decisions across the world.

This head-butting may continue till elections in US and Pakistan are over - and the new dispensations are in place to make the necessary decisions  |  Cartoonist Sabir Nazar in November 2011; source & courtesy - sabirnazar.blogspot.com  |  Click for larger image.

This head-butting may continue till elections in US and Pakistan are over – and the new dispensations are in place to make the necessary decisions | Cartoonist Sabir Nazar in November 2011; source & courtesy – sabirnazar.blogspot.com | Click for larger image.

Hard & Soft

Mostly due to Obama’s election compulsions, the US is playing hard-to-get for Pakistan. In an election year, Yumm-Rika cannot be soft on Pakistan, an Islāmic country.

Pakistan too is using this opportunity to score brownie points at home.Pakistani leaders are putting up a show of getting close to India, renewing all-weather pledges with China – trying to convince the financiers and the electorate.

Pakistani politicians are not missing any trick in the book.

Come to Daddy

Come a new President in US, all bets are off. Pakistan will be back to its usual self – as will the US.

Proposing some bold scenarios, this post below, published in Pakistan and in Russia also, tells us that

The situation Karachi - and by extension in Pakistan also  |  Cartoonist Sabir Nazar in August 2011; source & courtesy - pakistantoday.com.pk  |  Click for larger image.

The situation Karachi – and by extension in Pakistan also | Cartoonist Sabir Nazar in August 2011; source & courtesy – pakistantoday.com.pk | Click for larger image.

Pakistan is looking to the East for help. We (Pakistan) are pinning our hopes on regional cooperation through blocs such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). This bloc boasts support from two major regional powers – Russia and China.We have numerous reasons to support this alliance. For instance, despite all cooperation and the consequent suffering, Pakistan continues to face immense pressure from America.

Russia and the Central Asian countries have supported Pakistan’s desire to become a full member of the organisation, while China has refrained from doing so. Sergei Lavrov, the acting Russian Foreign Minister, in a recent SCO meeting pushed for India and Pakistan’s membership in the SCO, coupled with more involvement in the Afghan security situation in a post Nato withdrawal scenario.

Pakistan must convince Beijing that Islamabad’s full participation in the organisation will be useful in addressing major regional issues. Pakistan must seize the moment, and exploit regional energy resources by partnering with Russia, China and India for energy and commercial trade.

Let’s free ourselves (Pakistan) from the hold of the West by embracing our friends in the East. (via China and Russia can free Pakistan of the US – English pravda.ru).

Pakistan is trying out all diplomatic moves while the US is in election mode  |  Cartoonist Sabir Nazar; March 2, 2012; source & courtesy - sabirnazar.blogspot.com  |  Click for larger image.

Pakistan is trying out all diplomatic moves while the US is in election mode | Cartoonist Sabir Nazar; March 2, 2012; source & courtesy – sabirnazar.blogspot.com | Click for larger image.

Two thoughts

One – China, Pakistan’s all-weather friend is also playing hard to get. While Russia is supporting Pakistan’s membership in SCO, it is China which is delaying Pakistan’s entry.

Two – As soon as the new US President, which may turn out to be Obama himself, is sworn in, Pakistan and US may rush into each others arms. US and Pakistan suits each others goals so well, that it may be difficult for both to find a replacement for either.

But Russia and China are a different kettle of fish. They are unlikely to wink at Pakistan’s terror factories. Nor do China and Russia have any use of Pakistan as a hired gun – in Imran Khan’s memorable words.

This leaves Pakistan with little wiggle room. Will a mercenary Pakistani leadership accept this situation?

Yes.

If the Pakistani leader is Imran Khan.

And that is why China may be delaying SCO membership, till Pakistani elections are over.


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  1. June 25, 2012 at 6:31 am

  2. June 25, 2012 at 7:08 am
    Interesting.

    Time and again, readers are hurt by criticism of the West. Unbalanced criticism of India does not move them; biased reporting makes no difference – but criticism of the West is verboten

    Why must Pakistan and US do it the same way? Different countries, different styles, same motives. Please see my post on this – which has visuals of how the Americans and Pakistanis did the same thing – in a different style.

    Like this Al-Jazeera post pointed out.

    Why are you trying so hard to find ‘some’ redeeming elements in the Giffords shoot out. Like this CNN journalist – who is paid to do so, or at least needs to reassure his readers.

    On the crazy hate matreial in US text books, Rajiv Malhotra has been waging a battle for the last 20 years in the US. Mixed success. For now, the US needs the skilled Chinese and Indians who are the source for high-skilled labour that is acute shortage in the US.

    When Europeans were available for immigration to the US (till WWII), the US-SC by the Thind vs USA ruling confirmed that Indians had no place in the USA. 20 years later, the US changed its tune. Why?. They needed Indians.

    When the US need for immi-grunts changes, will the US be ‘different’ from Pakistan?

  3. June 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

  4. A Fan of your Blog
    June 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Anuraag,

    My response is not to this post but your response such: “Interesting.

    Time and again, readers are hurt by criticism of the West. Unbalanced criticism of India does not move them; biased reporting makes no difference – but criticism of the West is verboten”.

    To be fair here, I find your views extremely jingoistic. Everything from the west is “desert bloc”, dacoity, etc. Everything Indian is good. Now don’t ask me to show you or quote where that is. Cos every single post of yours has it.

    To be quite honest, it is quite a turn off. I have persisted with your blogs because your materials are original, well researched and enlightening. But your views have no balance and are extreme. This “us versus them”, including attack on NRIs is not productive to good discussions or healthy by any means.

    Live and let live, man. Find a fair balance. Most readers here are Indian, and the fact that they find this blog and read it regularly shows that they care about India and all things Indian. Lose the “holier than thou” attitude. Let’s face it. Indian has many great things and many not so good things. So does the rest of the world. If you try to push a viewpoint that all India and all that comes from India is good, and the rest is bad, you lose credibility quickly. If you wish to only highlight the positives of India, I am game. But then be fair and highlight positives elsewhere too.

  5. June 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    @AFOYB

    Thanks for your feedback.

    You will find me critical of the Indian Government many times.

    Rarely critical of the Indian society.

    Rarely appreciative of the Desert Bloc societies.

    That I think is less important. More important is the evidence, reasons and logic. Fault me there.

    The other thing, is that for the last few weeks I have written only on current affairs. More than anything else that must be jarring.

    OK. I get the message. I will mix the topics better.

    You will see me putting speed on some long-delayed history posts, which are truly path breaking. These are so different that I have just been sitting on them for a few months – wondering if I am reading too much into some evidence.

    On most of this stuff I now have adequate material.

  6. A Fan of Your Blog
    June 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Anuraag,

    Thank you for taking my constructive criticism positively. And I look forward to your posts on history. I do like your posts on current affairs too. You have a very unique perspective on things, which is truly enlightening.

    As a question, I have recently read a couple of blogs about Subhash Babu being held in prison in Russia, and then re-emerging in India around 1960, and then dying in Dehradun in 1977. Have you looked into this and did you find any merits to this claim? I am very interested in knowing your thoughts, as time permits, of course. There are many links embedded within this blog as well.

    Another one has to do with your favorite topic: propaganda, as applied to the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the real reasons behind this tragic event.
    This link is truly eye opening on why the bombs were dropped.

    Thanks.

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