Pakistan has become a playground for foreign countries

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Waheed Hamid

The increased diplomatic activity in Pakistan with closing of election schedule is not a silent issue any more. Islamabad, Karachi and  Lahore have become hub of undiplomatic activities of the Diplomats. After meetings of diplomats  with the politicians the surfacing of  promises in quite circles of media about  give and take between both have raised suspicions on patriotism of politicians. There are reports of direct involvement of embassy staff for influencing the political future of Pakistan through use of tools like NGOs. Planning of surveys for political leaders and parties and the task of exploring venues to influence  the election system has already been given to these NGOs. The Church World Services (CWS) P/A  is all set to organize and impart training to journalists and civil society in Peshawer to monitor the elections. All expenses, boarding and lodging will be borne by them. Similar plan of CWS are in hand for Quetta and they are using senior members of  journalist community to act as their front man. A common Pakistani is dragged into conspiracy theories when CWS, an International Non Governmental Organization (INGO) which implements humanitarian and development activities across Pakistan and Afghanistan starts throwing its finances into Pakistan’s elections. Moreover, the foreign funding for local foundations run by political parties in Karachi are being negotiated with promises of facilitation for the business zones adjacent to Kimari . It is not only the terrorists of Balochistan who sit in foreign lands and defame Pakistan but it has been learned that a political party has plans to approach United Nations and they are actively conspiring with diplomats seeking their  support. The weak democratic system becomes more exposed  as we move closer to the most important elections of Pakistan’s history. This pregnable environment has invited host of anti Pakistan elements and provided a stimulus to them to join hands and work for their motives  by penetrating into our political parties

It sends a wave of concern for Pakistanis when they hear that  Chief of USAID, Mr Raju Shah has increased his interaction with election commission of Pakistan with ready funding from his  embassy for number of projects on elections.  These rumors of unusual diplomatic attention and international funding will not only result in increase of trust deficit between the countries but  domestically  the gap between such political leaders and the public will also enhance. The decision of US military leadership not to visit Pakistan at this time was a welcome step but activities of  USAID are bound to pose problems as the region enters the Exit stage in Afghanistan. The requirement of these  activities are even of more  concern after the UNDP project’s for conduct of election in Pakistan have already focused on  provision of technical assistance for the needs identified by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in extensive consultations with UNDP and as articulated in ECP’s 5 year Strategic Plan, 2010-2014. The project is for 3 years duration and is divided into two phases, with Phase I covering the period up and including the conduct of elections while Phase II focuses on the post election period. There fore all other forms being initiated through NGOs will negatively affect Pakistan’s democratic future.  The media must unearth and expose anti state activities. With article 62 and 63 there is a need to also refresh  Pakistan Penal code, section 123-A which say who ever endangers safety of Pakistan, condemn its creation, harm two Nation theory or advocate the curtailment of sovereignty of Pakistan shall be punished  under the law.

Future of Pakistan now largely depends on the credibility and fairness of oncoming elections without any foreign interference. The optics of election are as important as the conduct. The people have to deliver and ensure selection of the best possible patriotic and competent leaders . Despite heartening statements from the leaders of glowing democracies of the world the actions of same nations strongly contradicts and unveils their intentions  Non interference  at this moment in Pakistan is the most desired and friendly course but we find  quite a few  of the diplomatic missions  involved in undemocratic activities. The wooing of media and political parties by other countries  to fulfill their goals is understandable but silence of National media and moving of politicians into this trap is mind boggling.  Barack Obama emphasizing his second term foreign policy objectives, vowed, “ the US would support democracy in Asia and the Middle East and resolve its differences with the world peacefully”. A  press release issued by the British High Commission recently  said: “The UK strongly supports democracy in Pakistan. Representative, accountable government that delivers for the people, and is chosen according to constitutional processes, is in the best interests of Pakistan,” but some how they fail to check and block the undemocratic diplomatic activities in this part of the world.

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Comments

  • Shahjehan Mir  On April 11, 2013 at 11:02 am

    But some how they continue to unleash undemocratic diplomatic activities in this part of the world.

  • Inamullah  On April 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    With empty treasury,the interim government is trying to fight the menace of
    circular debt to reduce load shedding.Shamefully PPP Government has emptied out the government treasury making it difficult for the interim government to pay oil and gas companies the outstanding dues.Punjab Government has fears that next general elections may fall pray to the on going demonstrations and protests.

  • ignorantways  On April 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    in this word ” foreign ” only USA & KSA lying or rest of countries also existing and enjoying as foreign countries with respect to Pakistan ??

    2nd innocent question, how many years ago CIA RAW MOSSAD KGB left Pakistan completely ??

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