While India seeks to impress on the big other to dehyphenate it from the bastard cousin, Pakistan feels the exact opposite. Read the 8-Point agenda for Holbrooke by Dr Maleeha Lodhi, former envoy to the US and the UK, and a former editor of The News:
- Seek an end to unilateral US Predator attacks on Pakistani territory
- Reject any conditionality attached to assistance promised under the Biden-Lugar bill.
- Convey that Pakistan is neither looking for nor needs US military assistance to build its conventional capability.
- Insist on the criticality of trade, rather than aid, in helping Pakistan’s economic recovery
- Assert that a genuinely “regional approach” should address Pakistan’s security concerns with India, especially Kashmir, and Afghanistan
- Insist that as the US reshapes its Afghan policy, Pakistan’s views and security are factored into the review
- Counsel the US that simply sending more troops to Afghanistan without a significant change in strategy will be counter-productive
- Policies to stabilise Afghanistan should not unintendedly end up destabilising Pakistan, as has been the case with the flawed approach and military missteps of the Bush era