Pakistani Delegation in the US–Build a Long-Term Rlationship

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has submitted a wish list to Washington ahead of high-level talks this week, asking for pilotless drones and helicopters as well as economic and other aid, said US and Pakistani officials on Tuesday. (Dawn.com)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (Image borrowed from dawn.com)

According Dawn.com, the Pakistani delegation to the United States has submitted a 56 paged document to the US state department as a sort of wish list ahead of the week-long talks. Included in this list are both short-term and long-term demands. The short-term demands/requests obviously deal with enhancing Pakistani anti-terrorist capabilities, while the long-term requests are focused on an understanding between the two nations for the need of US assistance in energy and agricultural sector.

I am heartened to know that the Pakistani government has stopped being simply a puppet and is now forcing this relationship to be more democratic, even-handed, and transparent. Pakistan need not to be just a puppet regime. We are no longer a dictatorship that can be manipulated by powers that be in the best interests of the dictators. Weak as the government might be, there is, at least, some sense of accountability to its people and this is very obvious in the nature of Pakistani demands.

But Pakistan, I believe, should go much beyond asking for gunships and fighter planes. Pakistan should also ask for easy access to the US market for its goods and should also demand that the visa restrictions for Pakistani students to the US universities be relaxed. A larger number of Pakistanis studying in the US would help enhance the people-to-people relationship between the two countries while also enabling Pakistan to develop its human capital.

For the US the choice is very clear: would the US government support a democratically elected government and develop a long-term sustainable relationship based in mutual respect, or would they choose a short term relationship with a client state. I sincerely hope that this time both nations would go for a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.

  7 comments for “Pakistani Delegation in the US–Build a Long-Term Rlationship

  1. mmobeen53@hotmail.com'
    mubeen
    March 25, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Inflation is slowly killing this nation , and it is very soon growing out of proportion.We need economic assistance from our friends[USA ].tThe scholarships and access to markets can wait, so can the scholarships and visas . Its our survival what i am concerned about.Its time now for our american frineds to know that if we go down, it would be catstrophic for the region, and they happen to be in the region big time

  2. pakistaniaat@gmail.com'
    March 25, 2010 at 5:08 am

    If we have a long-term relationship based in trust, trade, and exchange of knowledge our economy can improve also. How else can the US help us with our inflation problem. Building our institutions and developing our human capital are two, but not all, steps to improving our economy and the US can help Pakistan in this.

    • mmobeen53@hotmail.com'
      mubeen
      March 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      I think at least USA should do some thing where public atlarge can start trusting USA.I remeber george bush saying that this time around we are for lasting relation ship with pakistan, and we will not ditch Pakistan.His words didnt match his deeds.Have we recieved all the dues for our contribution towards war on terror?
      Where is the trust? Who would guaranty that Pakistan would not be ditched third time around.We owe it to USA and we should not be apologetic about asking the money . We have earned it.Why are our soldiers dying ina war which is mainly an american war?
      And laastly when USA leaves afghanistan we will have to fight the talibans for a long time to come,Its business , and the USA should pay its share.

      • mmobeen53@hotmail.com'
        mubeen
        March 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

        I agree its our war as well. But if USA doesnt pay its share do you think we can afford to fight it? How much has our military budget gone up,and on whose cost?we will collapse if we are not helped now, so in anycase we will loose this war. is it in our interst or the USA,s interst?

  3. pakistaniaat@gmail.com'
    March 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Yes, I agree that the US needs to ‘reward’ Pakistan, but the fight against Taliban and Alqaeda murderers is not just the US’s fight alone; it is Pakistan’s fight as well.

    • pakistaniaat@gmail.com'
      March 25, 2010 at 4:10 pm

      I am not saying that US should not support Pakistan. But asking for short-term help seems too much like a client state asking for a payment for services rendered. I would rather have the two nations develop a long term relationship.
      As for Taliban, they are a different animal altogether and I have written quite a lot about how and why they should be dealt with, with or without any help.

      • mmobeen53@hotmail.com'
        mubeen
        March 25, 2010 at 8:24 pm

        I agree with you here, but the problem is we are not equal states, and you have not said what to do when two states are not equal and bush said once and i quote;;india and pakistan are two states with different histories.”
        i am sure if we dont cash it now we would never get a pennt from them afterwards, afterall it would be against their national interst, and the tas payers would ask why should we pay |Pakistan now?

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