Time Pak military dumped hawkish "pure emotions" stance for strategic concerns: Editorial
Islamabad, May 18 (ANI): An editorial in a Pakistan daily has said the country "has been guided by pure emotion rather than strategic concerns for too long", adding that there was a lot of emotional chest-thumping and rhetoric when what was really needed was realism and pragmatism.
With the six-month standoff between Pakistan and the U.S. over NATO supply routes finally coming to a conclusion, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said in the future the government will not make "emotional" decisions. This was a tacit admission that Pakistan may indeed have taken steps that could be justified only as a matter of honour and not as policy decisions, the editorial states.
By some estimates, Pakistan will earn up to one million dollars a day from NATO trucks that will ply the Pakistan roads daily and also have over a billion dollars released from the coalition support fund that were due to us. Discarding emotions, it seems, has immediate financial effects, it said.
Taking a calm decision over the future of our relations with the U.S. was certainly the right thing to do. But more than the civilian government, it is the establishment that needs to learn this lesson, it says. From the occupation of Siachen to the insistence on asking the US for an apology for the Salala killings, it seems as if the whole issue of honour was being managed by the military establishment. The military, too, would do well to heed the prime minister's sensible words in the future, it added.
The country as a whole, in fact, could do with a lot less emotion. The anti-Americanism that permeates Pakistan's body politic is again spurred by an emotional sense that the U.S. is our enemy. The country comes to a conclusion without rationally considering the political and financial benefits of an alliance with the U.S. or ever think of the damage Pakistan would suffer should we completely break off ties with the Americans. These are decisions that need to be carefully considered because their effects will be felt for a number of years. One slight blow to the country's honour should not be enough for the government to take emotional decisions that they will eventually come to regret, it concluded. (ANI)
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