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Khawaja Asif hints at foreign policy shift from US towards China, Russia

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  1. Devil Soul

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    Khawaja Asif hints at foreign policy shift from US towards China, Russia
    Naveed SiddiquiDecember 05, 2017
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    Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Tuesday said Pakistan's foreign policy has for long remained US-centric, however, the time had come to review the policy and shift its focus towards Russia and China.

    The foreign minister highlighted the possibility of a policy shift and said revisiting the Islamabad's policy was the need of the hour. The minister hinted at an inclination towards the left block of the world, saying "China lives next to us and we have a common wall. Russia can also be our good friend."

    Asif said this while addressing a seminar hosted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in the federal capital.

    "We can’t have an independent foreign policy until we are economically strong," the minister maintained.

    Asif said the US has been Pakistan's biggest trade partner. "We have to convert our diplomatic outpost to trade outpost," he said, adding that Islamabad must improve and correct its relationships.

    Peace in Afghanistan is extremely important for us, he said, adding that the US will have to see relations with Islamabad without the prism of Afghanistan. "We [Pakistan and the US] have a historic and robust relationship."

    Further talking about Afghanistan, the minister said Islamabad wants to live peacefully with all its neighbours and rest of the world. "We want peace in Afghanistan. The Afghan war was a liability for Pakistan. We are still suffering very badly from the Afghan war," he added.

    The minister, however, expressed hope and said: "We are trying to manage the situation and to turn the debris into hope." He elaborated that the debris includes religious radicalism and said the nation was facing its consequences.

    "There is no end in sight," he said, adding that despite past mistakes the country was moving on. "We are looking for peace and harmonisation in the region," he maintained.

    Some of our neighbours had expressed reservations on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but we have a different perspective as we do believe that its a game changer project for the entire region, Asif added.

    "We avoid conflict and maintain a policy of neutrality in relations with Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."

    We share a long border with Iran and we have a common wall, culture, and language with Afghanistan, the minister said, but deplored the fact that Pakistan was "facing terrorism from the eastern and western borders".

    We have direct and more stakes in Afghanistan's peace than any other country, he maintained.

    We will also have to put our house in order, he said while referring to the Faizabad interchange sit-in. "It was not a good example," Asif accepted
     
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    I'll believe it when I see it. US needs to be shunned out of the country completely - but instead we're allowing them to get equipment into Afghanistan again to build a new base.
     
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    "We can’t have an independent foreign policy until we are economically strong," the minister maintained.

    in that case bring all the looted wealth back into Pakistani coffers! Catch 22 khaja
     
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    There are no tangible steps yet to see any such shift in the policy.
     
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    When the elite shall start sending their kids for higher studies in China en masse... only then one could see a shift.

    Also when more engineering and science students would go to China than the West then would it be the day to call it a strategic change.

    For now it is only sound bites. Nothing else!

    The best option for Pak State is to cultivate equal distance from all major power centres and be friends with every state. Sole dependence on one state or pole would result in the same state of affairs...ie. lost opportunties and being a vassal state.

    It is the Economy Stupid!
     
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    Pakistan must decide the direction in which it wants to move before shifting the Foreign Policy.

    It has to :

    1.choose between liberal Islam and Wahhabism

    2. Choose between Capitalism or Socialism

    3. British Democracy or Chinese or Russian kind of Government.

    4. Economic progress with regional connectivity or a closed economy with dependency on China for growth.

    till some leaders take very hard policy decisions, Pakistan will be a rudderless ship
     
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    you flipped the chronology :)
     
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    This most important point :

    "We can’t have an independent foreign policy until we are economically strong," the minister maintained.
     
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    do not mention thing you do not know about,last time i checked the people of the country you profile's flag indicating was trying to do face saving saying "do they have a religion ?or it is just so called system of life" and their gurus was giving shloke saying "there is no sin being homos and watching pornhub"

    you might need to help them out,because the rate your country's national religion is modernizing,may be after 20 years there will be no one following except doing yoga things,so careful,ha?go and practice yoga :D
     
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    What the heck is liberal Islam?
     
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    Fixed
     
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    The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word Yoga is 'Yoke'.Yoga can therefore be defined as a means of uniting the individual spirit with the universal spirit of God. :D

    Liberal means : " willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one's own; open to new ideas "
     
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    Not time of hinting now we should clearly move away from USA
     
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    Its already part of Islam. Respect others, and other religions (people of the books) are to be respected. So back to my original question, what is liberal Islam?
     
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    Liberal Islam is exactly what you have mentioned in your post.

    Many countries follow it, many countries have not yet started following it.