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When US Presidents used to visit Pakistan!

There were times when Pakistan was not a ‘no-go’ country for US Presidents. In the last decade two US Presidents Bill Clinton & George Bush visited Pakistan in 2000 and 2006 respectively. It was the standing and credibility of Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf and Pakistan in the whole world that visits by foreign rulers were a routine. But now in the so-called democratic governments’ post 2008, Pakistan has lost its value internationally. Coming to the US Presidents visit to Pakistan which was not received well by some factions of the society as well as media! Yes media is double faced that on the visit of US Presidents to Pakistan, instead of highlighting the key bilateral issues discussed on table, more emphasis used to on ‘what were the demands of US’? What ‘buttering’ by US is done on Pakistan in return of ‘what favor’? What Pakistan ‘hand-over’ to US in ‘fear’ of super power? These immature questions when repeatedly discussed in talk shows without mature conclusion results in lack of reasonable analysis on current issues in the society and it often leads to unrest in mind. On the other hand the society is also to be blamed ‘hypocrite’ as no one leaves other behind in ‘Amerika janay ki khwaish’!

Barack Hussein Obama…Yes that was all everywhere in highlights during his first US Presidential election campaign, now reduced to just ‘Obama’, his visit to India for the second time since in power and not visiting Pakistan is seen with  great disappointment. But before getting into distress one should question what ‘fruits’ the so-called democratic governments and its transition brought to Pakistan? Well said by Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf while addressing to Youth Parliament on 5 Dec 2014:

“Frankly, not one civilian government performed socio-economically for Pakistan. Not one. Other than the military government”

From landing of Obama’s plane on Indian soil, world media was eyeing on each and every pace, the warm-hugged welcome, tea making by Modi, son of tea vendor…the body language of both of them etc. The Pakistani media was giving full time coverage of all the events. When Modi was reflecting that how personal relationship between the two leaders brought them close to each other and the public of two countries, words of by Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf echoed in my minds that he has said in many interviews:

“Interstate relations are dependent on inter personal relations.”

Further he also said, the success of bilateral ties between the world countries was:

“I used to develop interpersonal relations with leaders. After this the interstate relations used to be good.”

I am here going to cite the highlights of former President George Bush visit to Pakistan as President in March 2006 in Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf. The talks between the two Presidents were straightforward. Kashmir issue was highlighted among other issues about which Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf said prior to Bush’s visit to Pakistan in his interview to BBC:

“My expectations are that he should be talking of Kashmir, and resolution of Kashmir and putting his weight behind resolution of the issue…All that I expect is his weight, his voice, pressurizing all three groups: me, the Indians, and Kashmiris, to resolve the dispute now because now is the ideal time and ideal environment to resolve it. He should put his weight behind it. And when I say weight really it means he must use all influence that we sit at the table and resolve the dispute.

Upon his visit when Bush said:

“We spent a lot of time discussing democracy in Pakistan, and I believe democracy is Pakistan’s future”

To which Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf boldly replied:

“Let me assure you that democracy will prevail. The constitutional norms allowed me to be in uniform as the president until 2007. Beyond 2007, this is an issue that has to be addressed and according to the constitution of Pakistan, and I will never violate the constitution”

Only Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf has guts to boldly defend and guard the national interests of Pakistan. This could be only said by a man of such caliber who is a Commando General. The message is very loud and clear and a lesson for those politicians who accuse him of cowardice when Pakistan became US ally in war of terror post 9/11 attack. In one of interviews in Oct 2014 to a private channel he said:

“O bhai tum apna America chalao.Dunya kya sahi kar rahi hai ya ghalat hamen apnay hal par choro…Log mujhay kehtay hain main America ka chamcha tha,jab kay main un kay mun par bolta tha.Yeh log toh bol hi nahi saktay un kay samnay”

Pakistan needs a man like him who can project Pakistan and its interest internationally with equality and sovereignty, which is a right of all UN member states!

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