Jun 292017
 

Trump’s open policy against Muslims and Modi’s instigation of Hindu extremists to carry out massacre of Muslims in the recent past now seem to be transformed into a convenient partnership. That the US has declared Syed Salahuddin, the Kashmiri freedom fighter, as a terrorist is nothing but an attempt to disallow the just struggle, permitted by the UN, for the right of self-determination guaranteed. The Pakistani government should now wake up. It should, in addition to CPEC, enter into a long-term strategic partnership with China. It should also try to have close relations with Russia.

Pakistan’s foreign policy has always been weak, but never so much as it has been in the last four years. Without a foreign minister, the country’s relations with the US, with neighbouring countries and with other Muslim countries have suffered a lot. Therefore, it is time for the government and the PM to wake up and start vigorous diplomatic efforts.

Sqn Ldr (r) Tarique Mahmood Malak

Rawalpindi

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The US and India, being two independent states, are entitled to take measures to strengthen their ties. However, maintaining the relationship should not be done by denying the rights and the acknowledgements of genuine and just concerns of other countries. The US ignored comprehensive dossiers shared by Pakistan confirming India’s interference in internal affairs of Pakistan. The US declared Syed Salahuddin, a freedom fighter of Kashmir, terrorist, but did not take into account the confession of RAW agent and serving naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

The US acknowledges Kashmir as a dispute and has often desired to mediate between Pakistan and India for the just resolution of the Kashmir issue. It is time the US played its role to alleviate the sufferings of the people of Kashmir. It must not slaughter justice, fair play and international laws at the altar of commercial interests.

Qazi Jamshed Alam Siddiqui

Lahore

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