Here’s why Pakistan is unable to become a superpower
We are witnessing a new Pakistan. After the pandemic, we are witnessing the rise of a powerful, more united and more vigilant nation. Pakistan is creating waves around the world as a country with a well-executed ‘action plan’ on climate risks and mitigation, international coordination on health care, trade and the fight against financial crime.
But even with a robust foreign policy mandate and having the fifth or sixth largest army in the world, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan struggles to maintain regional dominance.
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The recent bombing in Quetta was an act of aggression financed by an outside enemy. Whenever there are internal peaceful developments, external threats are activated. The nation is now dominated by its Sunni population and a sizable Shia minority, making it the 6the most populous country in the world.
We are a nuclear power with a nuclear stockpile, but that alone cannot safeguard our interests in the region as a prominent Muslim nation unless we revisit our “state within state” policy. We must reduce our vulnerability as a safe haven for proxy wars waged by outside Muslim nations.
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Role of hidden enemies
Then there are other non-Muslim nations like India, China, Germany, Russia and the United States, which exert influence and funding intermediaries inside and outside. of the country, pitting the country against the India-Israel link.
The War on Terror has amplified the armed forces while economically crippling the local population due to shrinking manpower opportunities around the world. After the pandemic, we face a similar challenge with a recessive trend and a contracting labor market.
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Financial crime, poor border controls, weak immigration policy and a crumbling legal justice system are a dark stain on the country. For this reason, non-friendly states like Israel and India have successfully infiltrated our system and damaged our economic and security measures with the help of our own people.
These hidden enemies are usually disguised as friendly opposition or even friendly partners. Under the radar, Pakistan is a victim of change, with press freedom under constant threat of being completely sacked by the corrupt elite mafia and legal remedies curtailing their influence.
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The legal system has fallen into corruption, which leaves us vulnerable on the inside. Deception and embezzlement continue to increase, weakening the already destabilized justice system.
A failed approach to governance
Although our crime rate has recently declined, organized crime continues to thrive due to one of the lowest conviction rates in the world.
In the case of financial crime, very little has been done by law enforcement, courts, policy makers and government in general, as seen in recent years the public seemingly compelled to remind government that promises are not made to be broken.
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The press is easily swayed as thugs and thugs own the television media today, while talk show hosts are seen carrying out a paid political agenda – without state intervention.
Legally, we are not getting anywhere as long as perpetrators of financial crimes have constitutional cover and legal protection, which is illegal.
Under a previous government in 2008, there was a moratorium imposed where no one was put to death. This approach is counterproductive because it paralyzes the system. Red flags are ignored and security risks heightened.
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Reputational risk remains a threat to the country because globally we are labeled as an unsafe country because the global general public does not feel safe. It is not because there is a civil war in the streets.
It is because one does not know the difference between the criminal and a peaceful citizen because most of them roam freely. The rapes don’t stop and the kidnappings don’t stop. This type of system makes the government undernourished and dependent on the armed forces to guarantee law and justice. It is a failed approach to governance by all means.
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How the enemy operates
This is how the enemy operates. First, they create internal territorial conflicts within the local community, which is usually done to create a diversion on the larger anti-state agenda. This leads to a rise in sectarian violence in the country and destabilizes the economic trajectory.
Second, corruption is a way of life in Pakistan. It’s easy to bribe people in Pakistan and oil-rich countries to deploy cash dollars and other negotiable instruments to trick greedy politicians, generals and bureaucrats into working against their own national interests.
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Finally, the clarity of the law must be defined. If we are an Islamic republic then we should have constitutional amendments which highlight the rule of law and the same should be reflected in our foreign policy.
For example, we should not send peacekeeping troops to countries that are at war with other small, innocent nations that are unable to defend themselves against heavy military power and high tech weapons. We must not stand alongside the enemy.
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In 1948, the creation of Israel was made to ensure absolute control in the MEA and SAR regions and also to counter Pakistan..
Ultimately, the greater path to world hegemony by some superpowers ensured a deeper conspiracy as seen in the fall of Dhaka in 1971, the post 9/11 wars, the Syrian war crisis and Iranian sanctions which have led many Arab nations to become allies of the United States. , isolating the less wealthy Muslim nations.
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Further analysis also highlighted the power wielded by Sunni Saudi Arabia inside Pakistan over SHIA Iran, tipping the balance of power. The only thing they underestimated was China.
As ties with Communist China gained ground, we failed to unite with Iran and capitalize on our common enemy, Israel. Here India took advantage of us and started anti-state operations inside Pakistan via Iranian borders.
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The pattern gives us clarity. Why did these nations succeed in taking control of our nation? It is because of weak leadership.
If a nuclear nation has a corrupt, insecure, and overly ambitious leader, he or she will serve his or her own interest over the nation’s sovereignty. Why are our allies like the KSA, the United States and the United Kingdom leaning more towards India? This is because they have strategic financial and political interests in India.
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A recent example is Pakistan’s travel ban to the UK, citing COVID19 as the reason as the whole world knows putting Pakistan on the red list was a political decision by an imperial nation to please allies like Israel. and India.
A lot of things have to change
Saudi oil works as an effective weapon against Pakistan, granting them favors in the region against Iran and China. Arabs in general do not want us to have financial freedom as this reduces their “Muslim” influence in the region.
CPEC was never something they never wanted or ever will have. The rise of the port of Gwadar would cause huge trade losses at the seaports of Dubai and Muscat. It also gives Iran the advantage over Hurmuz State.
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Our “force is right” policy must change. Recently, the government has refocused on areas like better governance, stronger legal action and greater public facilitation against crimes – be it property rights, health care, social protection. , educational institutions or the judiciary.
Today we are becoming a morally tolerant nation. Sooner or later, the state must nevertheless take a serious step towards protecting the public from financial corruption, nepotism, moral decay and brutal crimes against humanity.
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Until a brutal crime is accompanied by brutal punishments, the enemy within will continue to conspire against the country and the enemy at the gates will win.
The author writes on IR, governance and public policy. He is the director of a renowned advocacy institute and media broadcaster. He tweets @ zeeshan82445998. The opinions expressed in the article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Global Village Space.