Pakistan’s military is playing a significant role in assisting the country’s prime minister in the conduct of foreign and security policies, and usually with the objective of scaling down confrontations.
The risk of nuclear war between India and Pakistan presents dangerous global implications and should be considered as a serious threat, particularly since Pakistan’s acquisition of the short-range Nasr missile. Quite apart from the enormous human cost, there would also be significant environmental and migratory consequences.
Pakistan’s new government came to power 100 days ago vowing to fight corruption and recover looted national wealth. But the UK is integral to Pakistan’s anti-corruption effort, and London would be well-advised to help Pakistan achieve its objectives.
A ‘grand bargain’, first proposed by the American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, is needed now more than ever to allay Islamabad’s concerns with India’s presence in Afghanistan, although garnering the necessary public support for peace will be no simple task.
It is said that in order to understand Pakistan, you need to know three ‘A’s’: Allah; America; and the army. While Allah and the army are still central to Pakistan, it can be argued that America’s importance is fading fast.
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