In the interest of its sovereignty, Pakistan should sever its ties with the United States and look towards china for whatever support it needs.
Pakistan and The United States’ (US) relations have always been greatly affected by the conflicting or common national interests of the two countries. Recently however the tides have become more and more turbulent. Although United States has been assisting Pakistan monetarily, Pakistan should sever ties with the United States in the interest of its sovereignty and seek support from China instead, because the United States has little support from the general public, it would help protect innocent civilians from drone strikes and China is a more reliable and beneficial ally to Pakistan. As Pakistan’s relationship with the US continue the favorability of this relationship amongst the general public decreases in both the countries. A survey in 2012 shows 74% of Pakistani people call America an enemy (“Concern About Extremist Threat Slips in Pakistan”). This number increased from, 64% in 2009. As long as US-Pakistan ties persist, anti-Americanism will continue to increase in Pakistan. In fact a cool-off period could actually lead to renewed ties in the future with more realistic expectations from the relationship (Kugelman). It is in the best interest of both countries to break their alliance at least on a temporary basis and find a common ground. This will also allow them to rethink reasons as to why this relationship faced so many problems. Former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani said “A post-alliance future would allow both countries to hold more realistic expectations of each other, cooperating where possible but perhaps without the sense of betrayal, which has become acute in Pakistan” ("US, Pakistan Must Divorce as Allies: Haqqani."). In Pakistan, a common misconception is that many of the problems Pakistan faces today is because of the US. The people cling to ideas of propaganda and conspiracy theories, hiding behind them and refusing to believe in their own flaws and faults. At the same time many people in the US hold a very negative opinion about Pakistan. In a stark contrast 84% of the general public, in Pakistan, considers China to be a partner (Concern About Extremist Threat Slips in Pakistan). Hence it can be seen that breaking the Pakistan and US alliance is actually mutually beneficial. Meanwhile, Pakistan can focus on strengthening ties with China which already has widespread public support. A more pressing concern for Pakistan’s sovereignty is the drone attacks on Pakistani soils carried out by the US in order to eliminate potential and known terrorist groups such as the Taliban. Not only is it a grave infringement of Pakistani sovereignty but also the collateral damage from such bombings have caused a large number of ever increasing civilian casualties. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism reports between 2,534 and 3,573 fatalities from CIA drone attacks in Pakistan from 2004 to 2011. Out of this 411 to 884 have been civilians. “The fact that the administration’s criterion for identifying combatants is limited to “all military-age males in a strike zone” means innocent civilians will inevitably be targeted when the militants hide amongst them”(Shazad and Jillani). Referring to the Salala incident where a US ordered air raid accidently killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said “I would like the American public to consider what their reaction would have been if American troops were killed in such an attack on their border with Mexico… The continuing unilateral US drone attacks on Pakistani soil are a constant irritant to Pakistani public opinion – both as a clear violation of our sovereignty and the toll of collateral damage to innocent victims,” (Bilawal urges Obama to ‘show courage’, apologise for Salala attack). However this has failed to garner enough concern from the US and drone strikes continue regardless. The only...
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