PM’s bad diplomacy

Tit4Tat

Senator (1k+ posts)


IN perhaps the umpteenth U-turn of his prime ministerial career, Imran Khan has decided not to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

The pretext, provided by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to journalists yesterday, was that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had reservations about the meeting and Pakistan was playing a role in addressing them. However, he said, since these concerns could not be addressed within the time that was available, Pakistan was stepping back from the summit.

The concerns apparently revolved around two questions: first, would the summit divide the ummah; and second, was it an effort to create an organisation parallel to the OIC. He said Pakistan would continue its efforts to bridge these gaps.

That may be so, but the fact is that Pakistan has already painted itself into a corner and cut a sorry figure.


Prime Minister Khan’s urge to play the mediator may be a noble one but the course of action he has taken should have been thought out better. The divisions between blocs of Muslim countries are no secret and neither are those issues that are sources of disagreement.

If Mr Khan thought he could successfully manage a diplomatic tightrope act between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on one side and Malaysia and Turkey on the other, then he should have acted on a well-crafted plan that allowed for such diplomatic finesse. Yet he had jumped the gun at the UN General Assembly session in New York where he made plans with prime ministers Mahathir Mohamad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan for joint collaborations in various fields including launching a channel together.

Why were the ramifications of these diplomatic initiatives not considered then? Why were the reactions of countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE not factored into this policy? Why did Mr Khan accept the invitation to attend the Malaysian summit before understanding how this would be perceived by the leadership of the Gulf countries?

As a result of its amateurish diplomatic manoeuvres, Pakistan has placed itself between a rock and a hard place. It has in the process alienated both sides without gaining anything in return except a red face. This despite the personal investment that Mr Khan had made in reaching out to the leaderships of these countries.

Pakistan should learn the right diplomatic lessons from this debacle.

We may harbour noble intentions about playing a role as mediator in various conflicts but, as this foreign policy faux pas has shown, greater thinking is needed about the costs and benefits of such ambitious adventures.

It will now take some delicate diplomacy to smooth ruffled feathers and mend fences that were needlessly fractured.

It may also be an opportune time for the Prime Minister’s Office to start relying more on advice from professionals in the Foreign Office and less on whims and fancies.

 
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imisa2

Senator (1k+ posts)
عمران خان کا اقتدار سے رخصتی کا وقت ہو چکا ہے۔ جتنا اس نیک کام میں دیر کی جائے گی، اتنا ہی پاکستان کا بطور ریاست منہ کالا ہوتا رہے گا۔
 

Oldwish

Senator (1k+ posts)
عمران خان کا اقتدار سے رخصتی کا وقت ہو چکا ہے۔ جتنا اس نیک کام میں دیر کی جائے گی، اتنا ہی پاکستان کا بطور ریاست منہ کالا ہوتا رہے گا۔
There is a growing concern of something even uglier been cooked behind closed doors.
All opposition is pretty much wrapped up and I don't think democracy has any place left in Pakistan.
Imran has been shown a dream by his masters k woh bara hoke president bane ga. Even a thought of it is scarey. Do you think there is a possibility?
 
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Tit4Tat

Senator (1k+ posts)
There is a growing concern of something even uglier been cooked behind closed doors.
All opposition is pretty much wrapped up and I don't think democracy has any pace left in Pakistan.
Imran has been shown a dream by his masters k woh bara hoke president bane ga. Even a thought of it scarey. Do you think there is a possibility?
That will prove to be catastrophic for our nation, we are already divided on so many lines, this little unity that we have, if any misadventure or a mishap post president system occurs, we will be back to 71 situation
I hope this doesn’t happen, military goes back to barracks, PTI brings forward an mediating PM, and we get to have fresh free and fair elections in a year or two
A fool’s dream maybe !
 

Tit4Tat

Senator (1k+ posts)
عمران خان کا اقتدار سے رخصتی کا وقت ہو چکا ہے۔ جتنا اس نیک کام میں دیر کی جائے گی، اتنا ہی پاکستان کا بطور ریاست منہ کالا ہوتا رہے گا۔
rukhsat karnay walon ka apna rukhsti ka waqt hay
Bus Barrat kub ae gee, yeh nahen maloom abhee
 

RAW AGENT

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)


IN perhaps the umpteenth U-turn of his prime ministerial career, Imran Khan has decided not to attend the Kuala Lumpur summit hosted by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

The pretext, provided by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to journalists yesterday, was that Saudi Arabia and the UAE had reservations about the meeting and Pakistan was playing a role in addressing them. However, he said, since these concerns could not be addressed within the time that was available, Pakistan was stepping back from the summit.

The concerns apparently revolved around two questions: first, would the summit divide the ummah; and second, was it an effort to create an organisation parallel to the OIC. He said Pakistan would continue its efforts to bridge these gaps.

That may be so, but the fact is that Pakistan has already painted itself into a corner and cut a sorry figure.


Prime Minister Khan’s urge to play the mediator may be a noble one but the course of action he has taken should have been thought out better. The divisions between blocs of Muslim countries are no secret and neither are those issues that are sources of disagreement.

If Mr Khan thought he could successfully manage a diplomatic tightrope act between Saudi Arabia and the UAE on one side and Malaysia and Turkey on the other, then he should have acted on a well-crafted plan that allowed for such diplomatic finesse. Yet he had jumped the gun at the UN General Assembly session in New York where he made plans with prime ministers Mahathir Mohamad and Recep Tayyip Erdogan for joint collaborations in various fields including launching a channel together.

Why were the ramifications of these diplomatic initiatives not considered then? Why were the reactions of countries such as Saudi Arabia and the UAE not factored into this policy? Why did Mr Khan accept the invitation to attend the Malaysian summit before understanding how this would be perceived by the leadership of the Gulf countries?

As a result of its amateurish diplomatic manoeuvres, Pakistan has placed itself between a rock and a hard place. It has in the process alienated both sides without gaining anything in return except a red face. This despite the personal investment that Mr Khan had made in reaching out to the leaderships of these countries.

Pakistan should learn the right diplomatic lessons from this debacle.

We may harbour noble intentions about playing a role as mediator in various conflicts but, as this foreign policy faux pas has shown, greater thinking is needed about the costs and benefits of such ambitious adventures.

It will now take some delicate diplomacy to smooth ruffled feathers and mend fences that were needlessly fractured.

It may also be an opportune time for the Prime Minister’s Office to start relying more on advice from professionals in the Foreign Office and less on whims and fancies.
this is why his name is UTURN . gafurs are running foriegn policy .
 

RAW AGENT

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
عمران خان کا اقتدار سے رخصتی کا وقت ہو چکا ہے۔ جتنا اس نیک کام میں دیر کی جائے گی، اتنا ہی پاکستان کا بطور ریاست منہ کالا ہوتا رہے گا۔
that's correct .
 

Zaidi Qasim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
He has proven such a disappointment that even the potties are angry with him . He made so many blunders by just listening to these corrupts he gathered along the way in likes of Shadi Tilla and Firdous Awan , the Munjh . He knows he is in a shitty waters himself. There is already a bigger battle brewing between the Judiciary and armed forces Generals. Poor Bongi Khan couldn't do a thing to assert himself. What a loose canon we got .. Utterly rubbish and waste of time . He Bungled a good opportunity to show some balls by standing firm on his stand of attending the summit . He got scared....
 

profiler

MPA (400+ posts)
تین چار بھارتی بھڑوے ایک دوسرے کی پوسٹیں لائک کرکے ماحول بناتے ہیں مگر بنتا ہی نہیں
Story of their life, why adding insult to their injury. They are trying to create chaos in Public but in the process losing their minds. RIP
 

Zaidi Qasim

Prime Minister (20k+ posts)
Story of their life, why adding insult to their injury. They are trying to create chaos in Public but in the process losing their minds. RIP
Burdasht my friend Burdasht. We know that the wound is deep and the bleeding is ferocious , But it is only a wound , will heal on its time ? .
 

Will_Bite

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
I guess people are upset about why the govt gave such a straightforward answer to why IK didnt attend KL summit, instead of dillydallying behind excuses of 'domestic masroofiat' etc.


Adat parnay mein time lagay ga. We have been ruled by bold faced liars for way too long
 

Shoqe Ishtiaq

Voter (50+ posts)
جو لڑکی والے اپنے دامادوں کو بہت سارا جہیز دیتے ہیں .......ان دامادوں کو سسرال کا کتا بن کر رہنا پڑتا ہے ......سعودی عرب ہر مشکل وقت میں پاکستان کو خیرات دیتا ہے تو اب اتنی بات تو انکی مانی پڑے گی .....پاکستان کے پچیس لاکھ مزدور بھی وہیں سے کماتے ہیں ...یہ غیرت حمیت ایگو سب پیٹ بھرے کی باتیں ہیں .....گزشتہ حکمرانوں نے لوٹ لوٹ کر پاکستان کا یہ حال کر دیا ہے اب عمران کیا کرے ...؟؟؟؟؟
 

Steyn

Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Imran Khan will ever fulfil a promise or keep his word?

Zameen idhar se udhar ho jaye lekin Imran nay tou promise break karna hai

Jhootay se kuch or expect karna bewaqufi hai
 

Tit4Tat

Senator (1k+ posts)
I guess people are upset about why the govt gave such a straightforward answer to why IK didnt attend KL summit, instead of dillydallying behind excuses of 'domestic masroofiat' etc.


Adat parnay mein time lagay ga. We have been ruled by bold faced liars for way too long
Please read the editorial , it’s the manner used to pull out
 

Tit4Tat

Senator (1k+ posts)
He has proven such a disappointment that even the potties are angry with him . He made so many blunders by just listening to these corrupts he gathered along the way in likes of Shadi Tilla and Firdous Awan , the Munjh . He knows he is in a shitty waters himself. There is already a bigger battle brewing between the Judiciary and armed forces Generals. Poor Bongi Khan couldn't do a thing to assert himself. What a loose canon we got .. Utterly rubbish and waste of time . He Bungled a good opportunity to show some balls by standing firm on his stand of attending the summit . He got scared....
Sad so so sad
 
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