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Can Obama Rescue Pakistan?

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There will be no denying the fact presently Pakistan is facing multiple crisis. The war on terror has almost ruined the whole country. Millions of people have been deprived of their houses. Now there is severe power shortage in the country. There will no exaggeration to state here that Pakistan is heading for a bloody revolution. That revolution will be on the pattern of Iran. The United States is also going to lose control over the country. If that happens that will be disastrous for the whole world.

According to observers, Pakistani rulers have destroyed their own country just for getting a few dollars from the US. Now they have no other option except of begging to their masters in Washington. The most corrupt man in the world is now ruling Pakistan. This is a big tragedy with the people of Pakistan. There are still areas within Pakistan where the people have been dying of hunger and other related problems, but the rulers are still in slumber.

According to editorial comment of Nation, leading newspaper of Pakistan, true to form, the Pakistani leadership has once again demonstrated its
degrading tendency to lean against the US, asking it for favours that it
is disinclined to grant. Prime Minister Gilani chose to request for a
civilian nuclear deal, the like of which the Bush Administration had
struck with India, when he met President Obama on Sunday. This demand
has come yet again, even though American officials, right from top to
bottom, have already categorically told us off on the issue. Taking up
the repeatedly rejected demand, knowing full well that it would not be
accepted again, makes Mr Gilani's pleas all the more humiliating, both
for him and the nation as a whole. Reportedly, Mr Obama also expressed
disappointment over our principled stand on the Fissile Material Cut-off
Treaty, while assuring us that the US had no sinister designs against
our nuclear assets.

Under the circumstances, it was idle to expect
that Mr Obama would accept our request for help in the nuclear context
to get over the crippling power shortages we have been facing for more
than two years. It must be realised that though Mr Obama's honest and
straightforward image had initially symbolised hope for the Muslim
world, it now represents a mixture of compromises and biases, which have
dissipated that hope. The US made a strategic decision to strengthen
India to serve as a watchdog of its interests in the region, before
coming forward to offering it the so-called civilian nuclear assistance;
the emerging clout of China in the world rankled in its flesh like a
thorn, and the challenge needed to be met at the regional level. New
Delhi was quick to make its services available. Thus, the blatant
disregard of the provisions of the NPT that the US, ironically, asks
weaker nations to strictly adhere to. Since Pakistan is not expected to
serve that purpose, it is not likely to get the same facility. If the
Obama-Gilani meeting reached the conclusion that the US-Pakistan
bilateral relations have to be raised to new heights, as Foreign
Minister Qureshi has said, it should be clear to Pakistan that the
withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and visible reduction of
the terrorist threat would see the ties losing those heights. By then,
Islamabad would have served the US purpose. The strategic relationship
that it claims to be developing with Pakistan cannot exclude our dire
need of energy security; while the US-favoured pipeline from
Turkmenistan to meet our power needs is virtually a non-starter in the
present disturbed conditions.
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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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