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FOREIGN CHALLENGES FOR IMRAN KHAN

  • NAVEED ABBAS
  • Sep, 2018
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  • National

The new government stands committed to ensure the better relations with the neigbouring countries as Prime Minister Imran Khan duly mentioned in his speech as Prime Minister designate wherein apart from the areas mentioned supra, substantial emphasis was exhibited by opting for a more balanced and independent foreign policy stature.

In recent general elections, Imran Khan's party bamboozled the political analysts and adversaries by taking unprecedented number of seats nationwide. The manifesto of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf remained revolutionary and radical qua poverty alleviation, education improvement, economic amelioration, pragmatic steps to be taken against corruption, broadening the tax base, zero tolerance about racketeered money, progressive approach to enhance the health sector, to facilitate the farmers and promote export activities in the country.

The new government stands committed to ensure the better relations with the neigbouring countries as Prime Minister Imran Khan duly mentioned in his speech as Prime Minister designate wherein apart from the areas mentioned supra, substantial emphasis was exhibited by opting for a more balanced and independent foreign policy stature. As Prime Minister elect, in his first speech to the nation, he reiterated his ambition to take corrective measures with regard to worsening relations with the neighbouring countries. Regarding Afghanistan, new government seems determined to maintain more understanding with Ashraf Ghani government albeit Ghazni and other cities have been invaded by anti-government forces.

Chinese government, since ZA Bhutto's era till date, has been extending shoulders to help out Pakistan to get rid of economic problems whether it be peace or war. The recent CPEC arrangement is the standing example of friendly gesture on the part of China. The Finance Minister, Asad Umar, has always been showing skepticism about advancing of loans by the previous government from China for the establishment of the economic corridor as a sequel thereto.

Pakistan is under colossal debt and is constrained to take more loans from IMF. Beijing took this statement with contemptuous disdain and abhorrence. Mr. Asad Umar intends to table this issue with the Parliament as well wherein he is of the view that the investment so made by China on CPEC exceeded the cost of other projects that China undertook in other parts of the world. China deprecates the same by defending that CPEC project got undertaken at the lowest rate. China apprehended by Asad Umar's statement retorted that by issuing this sort of statement may create a sense of mistrust among the foreign investor. The standpoint of China has been very clear on the issue of Indo-Pak relationship and is of the view that Pakistan should improve its relations with neigbouring countries although not exemplary but at least to the extent of running business with them.

It is a hard fact that Pakistan is facing gigantic financial instability in its history but according to credible sources Islamic development bank has happily agreed to advance four billion dollars to the new government and the said bank is unequivocally Saudi backed financial institution. Behind this friendly overture, new government shall have to understand that the loan extension by Islamic development bank has manifold objectives.

Firstly, to prevent Pakistan from extending any friendly step towards Iran in order to keep out Iran from exerting influence of any sort on the present government. Secondly, Saudi Arabia seeks more military cooperation from Pakistan as its horns are locked in Yemen and Qatar along with ongoing war in the middleast regarding hegemonistic designs. So, this monetary help to Pakistan may have strategic implications as well. Conversely, Iran has not been too happy during Sharif's regime as unpleasant incidents still echoes during the visit to Pakistan by president of Iran, Dr. Hassan Rouhani.

The foreign policy of India has been not only wicked but astute. When India saw that Pakistan backed out from Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project entered into by the then Zardari government and the Iranian leaders. India trebled its efforts by not only maintaining business relations but also concretely contributed in establishing Chabahar episode by virtue whereof India will try to use this port to extend its business to Afghanistan and Central Asian states and this is a hard fact that China is not happy with it and may ask Pakistan to create equilibrium between Iran and Saudi Arabia so that the business ambitions of China may not get jeopardised. And now the real test for the new government shall be to treat both countries even handedly failing which Chinese interest shall have nevertheless be safeguarded.

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