By Sourabh Mishra
Pakistan’s troubles are increasing day by day. Because of its weak and flawed foreign policy and favor to sponsored terrorism, it has more enemies in neighborhood than friends. The nation is already extremely distressed and to increase its distress even more, there is another news about the first formal trilateral meeting aimed at overcoming Pakistan’s selective blockade of landlocked Afghanistan in New York on the margins of the United Nations. This blockade has already troubled and angered Afghanistan.
Landlocked Afghanistan has sought trade and transit routes to and from India through Pakistan. It has gone so far as to warn Islamabad that it can retaliate if that is not granted by restricting Pakistan’s access to Central Asia.
United States is trying to broker an agreement to open ways for development of trade through land for landlocked Afghanistan. The three nations are also looking at other options as Pakistan’s belligerence and hostility has increased sharply in recent months.
A joint statement following the meeting said, “The meeting provided a forum for the US Government and the Government of India to explore ways to coordinate and align their assistance with the priorities of the Afghan government.” There have been reports that Pakistan has declined to allow Indian wheat supplies and other humanitarian aid overland to Afghanistan.
Pakistan is becoming increasingly isolated despite periodic expressions of support from China highlighted only in the Pakistani media. It seems that Islamabad has developed a pathological fear of India’s renewed strong ties with Afghanistan and Iran.
Pakistan has always seen Iran and Afghanistan as its natural and strategic alliance against India. However, within last few years, the situation has entirely changed. Pakistan forgot that relation between Afghanistan, Iran and India existed long before Pakistan was even born.
The terrorist state-Pakistan supported extremist Taliban and other factions to expand its sphere of influence in Afghanistan while India chose the path of winning support through economic investment with some signature projects that included building hospitals, roads, and the Parliament building in Kabul.
The outcome is evident. Surveys show a huge support for India in Afghanistan, which in any case has historical ties with New Delhi predating the creation of Pakistan, which was formed mainly from provinces between India and Afghanistan.
But as Kabul was successful in slipping away from Pakistan’s sphere of influence gathered through terrorist and extremist proxies, it launched a trade blockade, depriving itself of revenues in order to disrupt Afghan-India commerce. This decision may prove like committing suicide for Pakistan also.
Since its outcomes which have been recently seen are against Pakistan. Afghan diplomats called out Pakistan publicly at the UN and its margins this week in an unprecedented manner.
”The way Pakistan behaves is because they have India phobia,” Afghan foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said, even as other Afghan officials indicated that as Pakistan stood isolated in the region, the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November was now in jeopardy.