IMRAN KHAN IS RIGHT TO USE THE PEACE THROUGH STRENGTH STRATEGY
When Imran Khan was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, I said it was a great thing for the Pakistani people because he would bring peace through strength while improving relations with India over the long haul.
And now he is doing just that.
“Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue,” the Prime Minister tweeted Saturday.
“However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.”
This comes after the cancellation of the planned meeting of foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where Paistan and India were supposed to continue peace talks.
Khan’s tweet and tough stance is a show of strength, basically telling India they are welcome back at the table, but India will not call the shots.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
A lot like what President Trump did why North Korea tried to play rough with him.
I seem to remember that resulting in North Korea giving in and agreeing to U.S. terms for the meeting.
As is the case with the United States and North Korea, both Pakistan and India have nuclear weapons.
And it is in precisely nobody’s best interest to ever actually use those weapons.
Elections are coming up in India, and perhaps India’s Prime Minister is trying to show off to gain applause in India.
Maybe he thinks being perceived as tough by the people of his country will earn him some votes.
But ultimately this comes down to a matter of necessity.
Both sides believe the other is guilty of sponsoring some degree of terrorism.
However, Prime Minister Khan and the Pakistani side are the ones making an honest effort to broker peace, something the people of both countries and ey members of the world community surely recognize.
Khan is open to discussing peace efforts and economic cooperation that could potentially lift thousands of people from both countries out of poverty.
It is currently the Indian side making all the unreasonable demands and causing all of the unnecessary setbacks.
Prime Minister Khan has the Pakistani government and military on the same page here.
His olive branch to India should be met with open arms, not a closed fist.
Clearly, more friendly relations between the two nations would be in EVERYBODY’S best interests.
That said, as Pakistan’s information minister Fawad Chaudhry remarked Saturday, “We have extended a hand to India but you need two hands to clap. If India doesn’t want to, nothing will happen.”
Prime Minister Khan needs to continue his strong stance and eventually, India will have no choice but to come back to the table.
He has been more than fair throughout this whole process.
And it is only a matter of time before India, through either an epiphany or the realization of necessity, makes the inevitable decision to do what they should have done all along: Resume the peace talks and make an honest effort to come to a mutually beneficial solution.