‘Fragmentation’ and ‘Mistrust’ are two hallmarks of US policy in Pakistan. The study blames Washington for pursuing political and economic policies toward Pakistan that could lead to the balkanization of this nuclear-armed nation with the world’s seventh largest standing armed forces.
REPORT RELEASE | October 2010
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—Chronic political instability in today’s Pakistan is partially the result of efforts by the United States in 2006 and 2007 to create a pliant ruling coalition in Islamabad with the help of former president Pervez Musharraf, says a report issued by an independent Pakistani think tank.
Pakistan needs to remain calm and keep a defensive posture in dealing with an unfriendly American military presence in the region. “We should remain calm and defensive, rather than reactive,” says Dr. Muhammad Hafeez in the study titled, ‘Divide Your Enemy: Fragmentation And Mistrust, Tools of American Foreign Policy Towards Pakistan’.
“Pakistan should continue its present policy to deal with American threats defensively,” read one of the recommendations in the report, released on Oct. 31, 2010, by Project For Pakistan In 21st Century, an independent think tank based in Islamabad.
The author, a professor and a public policy expert, says Washington is guilty of pursuing political and economic policies toward Pakistan that could lead to the balkanization of this nuclear-armed nation with the world’s seventh largest standing armed forces.
“The present American foreign policy towards Pakistan is constructed on the notions: ‘fragmentation’ and ‘mistrust’. Pakistani society is being divided or shattered through economic, social, political, and military means,” the report says.
The Project Pakistan 21 study recommends ‘futuristic planning’ and ends on an optimistic note. “Pakistanis must repose increasing confidence in Pakistan’s abilities to face the imposed war,” the report says.
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