Even if nations of the world deny us support for their own reasons, whatever those reasons may be, we will respect their denial and still have very cordial relations with those nations in the hope that they shall someday realize and find in Pakistan a peaceful, trustworthy and reliable friend- not an ally
If Pakistan is forced to suffer economically, or in any other way, for such a neutral and nonaligned foreign policy, so be it. We shall face and conquer those circumstances when we come to them. Hopefully, they will not be made to occur. But if they do occur or are made to occur Pakistan as a resilient nation will overcome difficulties imposed upon it unjustifiably
On Pakistan’s part, I say it once again, unequivocally, that the new Pakistan vows to stay away from all actions of any state or non-state actors that it envisages can be harmful to any country in the region. But, I am constrained to repeat, that if such an activity is aimed at Pakistan itself we vow to first sound off an open word of caution to the sponsoring country and if those activities are not ceased forthwith Pakistan will always, inevitably, act in self defence in whatever way that it shall then deem fit to defend its territorial integrity and internal peace, or both
For whatever reason and despite the events of 1971 the hearts of the people of Pakistan and Bangladesh beat in harmony. If I had a say in formulating Pakistan’s foreign relations I would advise the Prime Minister to concentrate on the South Asian, Middle East and our next door states. Immense goodwill can be generated by a forthcoming Pakistan in the region. Once this is done acceptability across the world will be an outcome.
March 26, 2014
In Pakistan of the period 1947-71 many things went wrong and Bangladesh was created out of the chaos of a war. Relations are still sour. Today people from all the countries in Europe who 70yrs ago, together, killed 70million people, travel and work all over Europe freely. Taking a cue from the leaders of Europe the leaders of Pakistan and Bangladesh MUST make a renewed effort to bring about genuine fraternity.
March 26, 2014