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Featured Opinion: Don’t blame Pakistan for the outcome of the war in Afghanistan. Imran Khan article in Washington Post

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PMIK may be smart and genius, and Murrikans may be dumb, but trying to hold the world hostage to threat of terrorism emanating from Afghanistan is a strategy whose time has come and gone. Pakistan needs to move on as well.
Ok cool EU should enjoy a migration wave
Let us see what happens in the region over the next few years. Pakistan is certainly not the only player here, albeit an important one.
All the post Americana players in Afghanistan will be states that share a border with Afghanistan
 

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I'd let the EU worry about how to handle that.
Aight cool Patience is already running thin in and around Eastern Europe
We shall see if it results in right wing resurgence in Europe
That is what Pakistan hopes for, yes, but whether it gets its way remains to be seen.
If there is total chaos or if there is some sort of stable government countries that can influence them will be their neighbours
 

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Out of 150 comments when I read it - 20 were positive and the rest negative. Of the negative 130, some 100 were from Indians and repeated copy paste while the rest were from what seems to be former US servicemen or Trump supporters.
 

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Out of 150 comments when I read it - 20 were positive and the rest negative. Of the negative 130, some 100 were from Indians and repeated copy paste while the rest were from what seems to be former US servicemen or Trump supporters.
The enemies are only too glad to help destroy Pakistan's images wherever possible, but clearly Pakistan has a problem between managing its policies and its global perceptions thereof, and no evidence to suggest any coherent pans to deal with the dilemma.
 

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The threat of chaos to revive international terrorism may not work any more.
that will be unfortunate . the wording maybe wrong but its true that an unstable Afghanistan will have adverse effects in region and beyond.
I do think that Pakistan should ease off on Afghan Taliban representation. they are savvy enough to negotiate, after all they dealt with Americans directly in UAE and Qatar for years.
Out of 150 comments when I read it - 20 were positive and the rest negative. Of the negative 130, some 100 were from Indians and repeated copy paste while the rest were from what seems to be former US servicemen or Trump supporters.
most of the copy paste comments are seen in Dawn as well. seems like real people acting like bots.
 

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... but is a strategy whose time has come and gone, and may not be heeded.
Just because its been done before does not make it any less true. The warning is valid. That chaos and instability in Afghanistan could spill over into other countries, including those not sharing a border with it, should be pretty obvious.

IK's speeches and opinion pieces will not influence the "international community's" response. That only happens through diplomacy, behind closed doors.

What IK has been doing is making Pakistan's position clear to pre-empt blame and pressure. He did the same with the "absolutely not" comment. He may have not have received an official request for bases. But he pre-empted any pressure by stating his position in advance.
 

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that will be unfortunate . the wording maybe wrong but its true that an unstable Afghanistan will have adverse effects in region and beyond.
I do think that Pakistan should ease off on Afghan Taliban representation. they are savvy enough to negotiate, after all they dealt with Americans directly in UAE and Qatar for years.
Just because its been done before does not make it any less true. The warning is valid. That chaos and instability in Afghanistan could spill over into other countries, including those not sharing a border with it, should be pretty obvious.

IK's speeches and opinion pieces will not influence the "international community's" response. That only happens through diplomacy, behind closed doors.

What IK has been doing is making Pakistan's position clear to pre-empt blame and pressure. He did the same with the "absolutely not" comment. He may have not have received an official request for bases. But he pre-empted any pressure by stating his position in advance.
Words matter. But being right is only the start to making Pakistan's case as he sees it, and it is impossible to get across by using wrong wording, or crying wolf once too many times. I can appreciate where PMIK is coming from, but he is failing utterly in pre-empting any blame. As usual, he is a day late and a dollar short, and clueless as to the way forward, to boot.

(His "absolutely not" comment was him falling for a very predictable trap laid by a two-bit journalist, being the straightforward man that he is, obviously. But he served Pakistan poorly in the diplomatic sense by blurting out his mind as he did, given that no such request was made in the first place, making the question an easily avoided hypothetical one. He should know better by now, but he clearly does not, sadly.)
 

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At the end of the day the real “men” play hardball with the hard ball$! The rest are for all “softy touchies”…..
 

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