In the past five years, I heard some ultra-realistic analysts say, that Pakistan is going through a period of international isolation, or it is going to be isolated. I heard people saying on tv, that the world doesn’t recognize our efforts and sacrifices against terrorism, and we are seen as an irresponsible state.
I believed that 2 years ago, and it was nearest to the reality. With Ajit Doval’s doctrines prevailing in India, and the extremist RSS government, along with the potential of the huge Indian economy, state of India was very much successful in selling and exporting its perspective against Pakistan in the region and the world.
It could be seen two years back, when two of our Muslim neighboring countries were expressing a tilt towards India, along with our long-lasted ally America. Yes, we were isolated from all three sides. Mainstream politicians from Afghanistan used to spit venom against Pakistan, and the nexus of NDS and RAW is known to everybody.
Mullah Fazlullah, the most wanted terrorist in Pakistan, was hiding in Afghanistan and was protected by the NDS. It remained a deep concern in the Af-Pak relations. Afghanistan was not as big a problem for Pakistan, as it had always been used against Pakistan except a small period, the coldness and visible tilt towards India by Iran was worrying.
Investment in the port of Chah-bahar by India, which is a seaport in Iran, as a competitor of CPEC, completely aligned Iran against Pakistan, despite few statements of nonalignment in the Indo-Pak relations. The arrest of Kulboshan Jadhav from Balochistan and later his revelation that he used to travel to Iran freely, further increased tensions between the two states as Iranian passport was also recovered from Kulboshan Jadhav. Some incidents of cross-border fires between Iran and Pakistan further heated up the relations.
This was the situation two years back, but now in the November of 2017 army chief of Pakistan is visiting Tehran on an important visit. No matter what, it is a milestone in view of our foreign relations. It’s a slap for those who said that Pakistan cannot end this isolation because of its state type, a security state.
The biggest achievement on foreign relations’ account is keeping the balance between both the Muslim blocks, Saudi and the Irani block, in fact, Pakistan has tried to play a role of a mediator between the two according to its capacity. Nonparticipation in the Yemen war further strengthened the policy of nonalignment. Pakistan didn’t become a party in any conflict, which could be seen as sectarian.
Present Chief of Army Staff of Pakistan is on an official visit to Iran and received a warm welcome by the Iranian counterparts. On the other hand, Gen. Raheel Shareef, the former chief is heading an Islamic military alliance in Saudia Arabia.
The outcomes of the Iranian visit have started to come and this statement is a diplomatic success for us, “Iran will not be part of any anti-CPEC activity”.
The issue of America and Afghanistan is different, for their face-saving internationally they will continue to blame Pakistan. They have lost miserably in a war which was pointless, and the powers which were trying to isolate Pakistan are exposed themselves.
Indian was branding Pakistan as an extremist country, but now the extremist face of India is emerging to the world. RSS is the ideology of India, and Yogi Aditya Nath is the new face of India.
The unbiased states of the world have accepted Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism, which are, Russia, England, Italy, Australia, China, central Asian states, and now Iran.
Pity on Doval and Modi, their long build perspective against Pakistan proved to be a water bubble, and they might carve a new doctrine to corner Pakistan, the “offensive-defense” and “defensive-offense” has failed already.
America needs to understand this ultimate reality that Pakistan is a sovereign state, which makes its own decisions based on its national interests, India should accept that Pakistan is a regional power with a strong army and atomic capability, and can counter its war strategies very well.
In the words of General Raheel: “Be it Cold-Start or Hot-Start, we are ready”