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Pakistani decision-makers are holding extensive consultations on whether to attend the virtual summit on democracy convened by US President Joe Biden this week, as certain issues are making it difficult for Islamabad to make the final call.

Official sources, however, said the decision would be announced soon. The Foreign Office is tight-lipped over the subject, while diplomatic sources have told The Express Tribune that the White House is still waiting for Pakistan’s official response to the invitation.

Biden is hosting the virtual summit on democracy on December 9 and 10 and has invited leaders from over 100 countries that also include Pakistan. From South Asia, only four countries have been invited – India, Pakistan, Nepal and Maldives.

The White House did not send invitations to China and Russia but extended the invitation to Taiwan, something that drew a strong reaction from Beijing.

The exclusion of China from the summit is believed to be one of the reasons delaying Pakistan’s decision, sources familiar with the development said.

However, the sources added, China did not object to Pakistan’s participation in the virtual summit. “There are certain issues that the government of Pakistan is currently looking at,” said a senior official, explaining the reason behind the delay in announcing the decision.

The official did not drop any hint whether Pakistan would attend the summit or not.

It is stated that the White House asked invitees to confirm their participation or otherwise by last weekend. Pakistan was supposed to announce the decision last week but delayed it to give more time for in-house consultations.

Till Monday, according to diplomatic sources, Pakistan had not officially responded to the White House.

The proposals on the table include the level of participation at the democracy summit. Should the prime minister or a minister attend the summit is the question being debated by the decision-makers. This stems from the fact that President Biden has not yet spoken to the prime minister.

The relationship between Pakistan and the US is strained by differences over the Afghan situation. Some of the statements given by the prime minister after the Afghan Taliban takeover were not liked by the White House.

Pakistan is worried that the US, as happened in the past, may abandon the region. Despite its repeated calls for expanding cooperation with the US beyond security and Afghanistan, the US has not yet responded positively to Pakistan’s overtures.

Nevertheless, Islamabad is keen to maintain broad-based ties with Washington and is also trying to dispel the impression that it is completely joining the Chinese camp. It is, therefore, keen to attend the summit.

Another reason that is delaying the final call on the US invitation is reports that the US treasury will impose sanctions against people undermining democracy. Sanctions will also be imposed on those involved in serious human rights violations and corruption.

But a diplomatic source made it clear that non-participation in the summit does not mean that country would be facing any sanctions.

Although they shouldnt attend this shit but than again our ruling elite / establishment will bent down for such an invitation.
 

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Pakistan is indecisive to democracy as democracy is indecisive for Pakistan.

Democracy faces gender bias in Pakistan.
 

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Let's not fool ourselves. This is mostly a political stunt by Biden. The US is bitterly divided on Pakistan and Western media is raising questions on Pakistani invitation. Pakistan should know its place. In the post Afghan world Pakistan has to make tough decisions or live like an IMF recipient for an eternity. Pakistan is not India. Pakistan doesn't have the luxury of appeasing all sides. Pakistan must choose one side and remain fully committed to that cause. Choosing both sides won't work because the Americans won't accept that. The fact is that Pakistan has already chosen a side. Pakistan's reluctance to participate speaks volume.
China had no opposition to Pakistan’s attendance. Besides, as a Democracy it’s going to have internal debates on which course to set. Political stunt by Biden or not, Pakistan attending as another democratic country is better then out and out refusing and cementing a bad image.

I do agree that Pakistan should get its house in order ASAP, because even IMF loans can’t be taken for granted anymore.

Most countries nowadays sit on the fence on key issues when they think it can get them the best outcomes for their nations, even amongst the US’ closest allies.
 

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I don't get this.

Why must Pakistan do a knee jerk reaction. We must analyse what benefit we will get from a democracy summit. He'll we saw American democracy recently just b4 the US elections and globally how America regime changes like in Iraq Afghanistan Libya Egypt etc.

Pakistan is right to analyse what benefit will come from such a summit b4 committing.

All you dancers who are saying that Pakistan is dithering I guess that's how you get married...its a woman so it's OK then 9 months later your a father and 16 months later divorced. Butbyou didn't dither. Looool
 

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Agreed. Imran Khan and PTI are also dithering. Unable to make tough decisions. It will cost them, but it will cost Pakistan an arm and a leg.
Apart From Imran Khan, the rest in his party are shits, the same dilemma as Quaide Azam, apart from him all or mostly Muslim leagues were looking for better opportunities and to settle their business etc in the new country.

Your entire govt is run by Bureaucrats, if you remember in 2018 or 19, when the Govt said that they need details of all bureaucrats having more than two cars and what happened to govt owned vehicles, all the bastard bureaucrats so-called kings stood up like Chinese wall and threatened to shut down the wheel of Governance, these kutti ki nasal waly CSS graduates, none of them are in any of the successful company in Pakistan and yet in all loss-making govt institution, they are Greek gods, these kutti k bachay have caused unmentionable loss to state of Pakistan
 
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Apart From Imran Khan, the rest in his part are shits, the same dilemma as Quaide Azam, apart from him all or mostly Muslim leagues were looking for better opportunities and to settle their business etc in the new country.

Your entire govt is run by Bureaucrats, if you remember in 2018 or 19 when the Govt said that they need details of all bureaucrats having more than two cars and what happened to govt owned vehicles, all the bastard bureaucrats so-called kings stood up like Chinese wall and threatened to shut down the wheel of Governance, these kutti ki nasal waly CSS graduates, none of them are in any of the successful company in Pakistan and yet in all loss-making govt institution, they are Greek gods, these kutti k bachay have caused unmentionable loss to state of Pakistan
Well said.
 

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I say Pakistan should attend and our rep should talk about how countries under the garb of democracy are acting worse than dictatorships, eg india.
 

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Thus the extensive consultations :pleasantry:. Really tough decision I must say.

Our heart says don't attend, reality says otherwise. Both have their own merits and consequences.
What is there to discuss? USA is your biggest export destination. The rest give you pittance unless you want to only trade with Wakanda?

This shouldn't even have made the news, makes you look ungrateful and unlikeable. The only reason people in Pakistan hate the US is because of Afghanistan. They should move to Afghanistan so Pakistan can have good relations with their largest trading partner. Stop listening to these morons.

You know they cut your trade and they wouldn't even notice, it will for sure dump your economy. They don't even need your exports, this is goodwill, they are showing you mercy. I hope you all understand this. Afghanistan and Taliban were never worth the trouble. Their backing of Al Qaeda and Taliban cost you more than a $100 billion dollars. Are they worth that price? No.

If you total up the exports since the 50s, who has bought more from you?

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