WITH A LOT GOING ON IN PAKISTAN, THE COUNTRY MUST MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND WORK TOGETHER
Elections are going to occur in Pakistan in just over one week. I hope that whatever the result, the losing party accepts it and is willing to work with the winning side to mae positive improvements in the country.
Infrastructure developments and improvements in transportation are key components of improving the daily lives of the people in Pakistan and I hope they will be carried out, no matter who wins.
Of course, the single most important factor is the Pakistani military.
Despite suffering losses during the war on terror helping the United States, and recent suicide bombings that shook the nation, the Pakistani military is the best it has ever been.
The success that may lay ahead for Pakistan under the leadership of General Qamar Javed Bajwa is likely to be remarkable if the past is any indication.
His continued leadership is also an incredible boost to future relations between Pakistan and the United States, as General Bajwa has done a fantastic job of commanding his men through successful missions assisting in the War on Terror..
Pakistan is currently far too reliant on China economically and that is a recipe for disaster, especially when you consider how over-extended China is in the world market.
Thus, for Pakistan, a strong alliance with the United States could result in a major economic boon.
And from the United States’ side, this is an association that could yield positive outcomes as well.
Not only would a strong U.S.-Pakistan alliance open up numerous economic development opportunities for American companies, it would also provide the United States with an incredibly important friend in the region during a time when Iran looks to be on the verge of carrying out nefarious activities.
This is why as much as I generally do not think foreign aid is a good idea, I believe it would actually be in the United States’ best interest to strongly reconsider the idea of pulling its aid to Pakistan.
I consider myself a strong supporter of the president and his policies, and admire his business knowledge, which makes him the perfect partner for Pakistan, especially with General Bajwa on board to continue providing strong support against extremist groups like ISIS.
I would love to see the President as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale and U.S. Consul General to Lahore Elizabeth Kennedy Trudeau — who are great diplomats — work closely with Pakistani officials to lift both countries.
Regardless, Pakistani teamwork with the United States would be beneficial for both sides and the right leaders being in control of their respective situations could yield remarkably positive results all around.
With General Bajwa already in place, I have faith in the Pakistani people to make the right choice at the end of the month and for everybody to come together in the aftermath to work in the best interest of the nation and its citizens.