The current political situation in Pakistan is getting more complicated day by day. In order to counter the motion of no confidence, the government decided to gather one million people in front of Parliament. The OIC meeting is scheduled for the next few days. There are already several conspiracies based on the Prime Minister’s recent visit to Moscow that Pakistan, at this critical time, left the American camp to join the Russian bloc.
We need to understand some facts: Ukraine was once part of the former Soviet Union before 1992. After the collapse of the USSR, it became an independent and sovereign state on the world map. The Russian language is still very popular there.
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes Ukraine’s current leadership is under the influence of the US-led Western bloc. According to him, the Western bloc wants to destabilize the region by authorizing NATO to carry out military activities on Russian borders. However, it is a fact that Russia has not yet achieved the desired results. And now, according to the latest reports, Russia has requested military assistance from China in the war against Ukraine, but China has decided to remain neutral in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict at UN meetings.
All talks about the formation of a Russian-Chinese bloc are only speculations at the moment but after the current world situation, the debate about a Russian bloc and an American side has resumed in our country. Although Pakistan has been a natural ally of the US-led western bloc, the politics of these global blocs have affected Pakistan very badly in the past. In 1971, while we waited for support from the United States, India, a key member of the Soviet bloc, waged a decisive war to separate us from our eastern part.
I believe that in such a critical situation, we should not pursue a policy aimed at angering anyone against us. My position in this regard is very clear: global issues related to friendly countries should not be discussed in public. Likewise, the irresponsible statements of our political leaders not only worry diplomats in Islamabad, but even globally it has the effect of denigrating the image of our country.
Undoubtedly, the domestic policy of our country has been influenced internationally in the past. I am also aware of the fact that today we lack a solid foreign policy. Our participation in a specific bloc has not proven beneficial for Pakistan. On the other hand, countries like India and Oman play the central role of mediators while preserving their foreign policy from foreign influences.
We should also try to minimize the negative effects of a possible confrontation between world powers. The objective of our political struggle should be purely to serve the people as well as national development. The leadership of all political parties must convey a common message that no one will support unconstitutional action that could destabilize our beloved homeland.
While writing this column, I remember an incident in neighboring India. When the opposition tabled a no-confidence motion against then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 1999, opposition leader Sharad Pawar personally visited Mayawati, a female politician, to ascertain the number required. In response to the opposition leader’s assurance, Mayawati decided to vote against the government at the last moment, which proved decisive for the future of the Vajpayee government. I still remember that 269 votes were cast in favor of Prime Minister Vajpayee while the opposition got 270 votes. Vajpayee suffered a historic defeat with just one vote. However, he accepted the results with a smile, blamed no international game and tendered his resignation to save the country from political instability.
The writer is a Member of the National Assembly and Chief Patron of the Hindu Council of Pakistan. He tweets @RVankwani