Pak needs much more than Musharrafs ouster to alter its foreign policy fortunes

August 27th, 2008 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Pervez Musharraf

Washington , Aug 27 (ANI): In order to alter its foreign policy fortunes, Pakistan needs much more than former president Pervez Musharrafs departure from its political scene, says an analysis published in the Yale Global online on the prevailing politics in Pakistan .

According to it, Islamabad will finally have to recognise that cross-border belligerence, on its east (read Afghanistan ) and west (read India ), cannot overcome its own inequality and poor governance.

That is a hard lesson to learn, and one that will stick only if India, Afghanistan and the US take up the challenges it implies - to take a long, serious view of Pakistans governance and the possibilities it might one day offer the region, the Daily Times quoted the analysis as saying.

It further said that the impetus for that change (in foreign policy) on the periphery of its governance, offers a ray of hope for the future. It is rare for citizens to speak truth to power and rarer to win, but Pakistans civil society overturned Musharrafs abuse of civil liberties, dislodged the President and set the tone and content - if not a sure path to success - for Pakistans parliament and parties. Other groups, including villagers, have now followed by chasing militants from their homes in NWFP. (ANI)

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