30 Aug 2017/Wednesday
Pakistan’s Leading News Paper “Dawn” has reported bitter exchange of words between the top two foreign policy bureaucrats, exposing the cracks in open. Abdul Basit, the former ambassador to India, has written a letter to Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, accusing him of a total failure in his tenure as foreign secretary. Apparently, number of foreign policy gaffes were made during Chaudhry’s time in the office. “The more I think the more I am convinced that you have been the worst Foreign Secretary ever,” Basit wrote in the letter, a copy of which has been circulating on social media in Pakistan. Basit cited two incidents as example — the joint statement issued after a meeting in the Russian city of Ufa between India and Pakistan in 2015 without mention of Kasmir and Pakistan’s failure to get re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).
There is no doubt that during Chaudhry’ s tenure, Pakistan’s relations with important countries like US and India worsened a lot. Similar is the case with Basit in whose tenure Pakistan was humiliated with surgical strikes by India and the talks between the two neighbors collapsed completely. Both have been total disaster for Pakistan. Though, mudslinging will continue to happen over failures in Pakistan, but the fact of the matter is, that bureaucrats and the government of Pakistan has very little role to play in Foreign Policy matters. It is a well-established fact that it is the Army which calls the shots in all important matters of Pakistan. So, if at all, the blame has to be apportioned Pakistan’s Army certainly is a top contender, otherwise denial is the most favoured policy of Pakistan. But will Pak Army accept its share?