March 20, 2006Foreign Affairs

Some things just don’t fly

Pakistan’s non India-centricity for example

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

It was shortly after President Bush’s visit to Islamabad that Gen Musharraf gave his nation a new foreign policy sound bite. Pakistan, he said, should stop being India-centric” (he excluded his army though). Days later he said that Pakistan should aspire to achieve economic superiority over India. The recourse to India-centricity” would have been still all right if it was for positive purposes.

But like enlightened moderation”, non India-centricity” too is officially dead. Musharraf and Co have formally launched their negative diplomacy against the India-US nuclear accord. In any case, compared to enlightened moderation, non India-centricity may be more difficult for Pakistan to achieve. One newspaper, for example, doesn’t even notice the irony.

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