UNGA Session 2017 – The Larger Picture

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This year’s UN general assembly session was customarily intriguing, particularly from Pakistani standpoint. In response to PM Abbassi’s speech, Indian foreign minister MS Sushma Swaraj made usual over the top accusations on Pakistan and attempted to blur the screen on bilateral matters of concerns between two nuclear-armed countries. Objective of this write-up is to evaluate UNGA episode and its impact by looking closely at the greater picture on the canvas where internal political turmoil of Pakistan is fueled to be being used as collaborating factor with external maneuvers to excrete required pressure on Pakistan to make her submit to the regional agenda. In quest for which hostile forces been on joint mission, both diplomatic and military fronts.

Starting with actual UNGA showdown, by the look of it, it seemed like Indian retort at united nation general assembly session this year was based on mere repeated tantrum, like a kid mimicking what a grown up does in front of him i.e. if Pakistan brings up Kashmir India will mention Baluchistan despite the fact that two issues have world of difference, similarly if Pakistan points towards Kalbhushan Jhadev India brought up made up Bahadur Ali. It was indeed juvenile on part of “World’s Largest Democracy”. Having that been said; there was severe blunder made by Pakistani delegation when they waved the wrong picture of the pelt victim and ended up making a mockery out of themselves and Pakistan. Such level mistake should be investigated ASAP and the person responsible should be made accountable.

Apart from hysterically ranting against Pakistan, Indian foreign minister also “emphasized” on the fact that scope of united nation Security Council should get expand, essentially the lady was tasked to reanimate dead Indian bid for the permanent seat in UN security council. All in all this year’s UNGA session was a bittersweet experience.

Second aspect of the scenario is the home front where “elected” government officials aren’t seem that wary of the fact that how sensitive matters are getting. Former defense minister and current foreign minister’s statements over policy matter felt that those were drafted in New Delhi instead of Islamabad. Mr. Khwaja Asif was certainly way out of his league when he unwittingly almost endorsed accusations made on Pakistan by the international media. In backdrop of US stance that Pakistan is the reason why US’s plans are being foiled in Afghanistan; such statement from a public office holder is nothing short of atrocious.

Third citation of the equation is the unwillingness political setup to sort their issues with security establishment under umbrella of national interest. Major problem with the mindset of the political elite of is that they have tendency to blame military establishment for their incompetence. Sure there were several colossal mistakes committed by the military establishment in the past and still there are some policy areas which necessitate substantial review but just because political forces have failed develop a working relationship with ones who actually guarding the national interest with a clear intent doesn’t mean that political leadership is right in taking out frustrations created due to domestic issues on international forums. Ongoing power struggle in context of panama leaks have a lot to do with this behavior. Political elite wants an unaccountable free environment where they can roam around to do whatever they want in the name of democracy, which is completely unacceptable.

Last but not the least, boarder scuffles and ceasefire violation by India and Afghanistan, which is a continuing phenomenon and part of the same grand strategy of keeping stress on the Pakistani security apparatus by having them engage, both inside and on the borders. India has a strong foothold in Afghan establishment and when it comes to Pakistan both Indian and Afghanistan are two sides of the same coin tossed every now and then by the Americans.

Under such immense constraints of internal and external strains, staying objective during a time of crisis is a tender task, lot of distractions need to be dealt with while doing so. Considering the geo-political situation of the south Asia specifically and the rest of the world generally, where hard liners from different factions of the player’s table are getting frustrated and slowly lining up to blame their failures on any fitting scape goat, there is no doubt that these are still quite dreadful times and excruciating moments lurking in the fog.

To counter agents of mayhem and to achieve stability and guard national interest, civil and military leadership need to work together with intent of resolving their issues. Distress and distrust should not cloud the judgment. It is a gory game of wit going around in south Asia, a notorious nexus (India, US, and Afghanistan) of foreign forces acting together in cooperation with their local pawns. Despite general progress in state of law and order in the country due to incessant sacrifice and vigilance of national security forces, situation is still quite fragile as there are still several splinter cells of the terrorists’ organizations, which are still alive and well, and only waiting for a proper moment and nod from their handlers to strike. It is a delict situation internal issues should get resolved as soon as possible to counter the approaching challenges. It is a hard task but needs to be done. Key to finding solution for this is to agree to the ground rule i.e. no matter what the equation is national interest comes first, everything else is secondary.

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Ahsan Malik is an IT professional with a passionate & candid version of his own on national and international issues relating to Pakistan, he tweets @MohdAhsanMalik and can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. The UN and The World shoukd take heed.
    By giving India a seat in the UN would mean lots of this unprofessional diplomacy dipped in arrogance from India.

    The UN should not be seen as a playground for childish name calling.

    Poor show India and also shows the extent of India animosity towards Pakistan.

    India is neither responsible nor mature enough to take a seat on the UNSC.

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