Post 2014 Spillover Effects of Afghanistan's Crisis on Pakistan's Foreign Policy

Perveen, Saima; Khalil, Jehanzeb; Ahmad, Manzoor; Khalil, Jehangir
June 2015
FWU Journal of Social Sciences;2015Specialissue, Vol. 1, p13
Academic Journal
Foreign policy of any country can never be fully controlled by herself. There are always certain non-tangible which directly influences national policies that is geography, demography, economy and environment in the region. Regions like ours which happens to most dense in prevailing environment additional factors like terrorism, instability in Afghanistan, presence of two nuclear powers having history of conflicts further exacerbate the challenges. These factors combined put Pakistan in a catch twenty two. With challenges come to opportunities if played properly we can still accrue benefits to safeguard our national interests. In context of Pak-Afghan; a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is the only interest of Pakistan. More than a Decade US occupation has troubled not only Afghanistan but Pakistan is also the ultimate victim of Afghan fall out. There is escalating militancy in Pakistan due to non-state actors in the shape of Al-Qaeda and Taliban myriad groups. There arise questions that what are Pakistan's interests in Afghanistan? How Pakistan would safeguard her national and regional interests? What are foreign policy indicators in this scenario? Pakistan policy making elites should direct their course of action and to ensure constructive engagement at that hour. Pakistan should support an Afghan lead and Afghan owned solution for this. Scarlet thread in Pak-Afghan relationship is to have a friendly Afghanistan. It will not only stabilize our internal situation but in future enable Pakistan and India work together improve bilateral relations, which will improve the situation on both eastern and western borders. Furthermore, access to Central Asian Republics will be feasible and China can be more favorable to Pakistan in that context.


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