Pakistan can make Russia Queen of Asia

The constant and rude attempts of the United States to interfere in the internal affairs of a nuclear power raise overt anger in Pakistan at all levels. An opinion poll conducted by Pew Research Center (USA) in the beginning of 2012 showed that 74 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. as an “enemy.”
Not that long ago, the whole country was discussing the scandal connected with the resignation of the Pakistani ambassador to the United States.
But even this pro-American official said last August that the goals and priorities of the two countries would not be the same in near future. That is why, he said, the USA and Pakistan should give up their attempts to build a partnership and pay attention to their own interests instead.
“If in 65 years we haven’t been able to find sufficient common reasons to live together … It may be better to find friendship outside the family ties,” Haqqani told Reuters.
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PAK RUSSIA COLLABORATION: POSSIBILITY OF A MEGA BREAKTHROUGH

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by Lyuba Lulko

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The relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, despite the numerous attempts to revive them, are falling apart. Therefore, establishing close cooperation with Pakistan will give Russia a real chance to gain a foothold in Central and South Asia. In addition, Russia will be able to access the Indian Ocean, and make the U.S. troops in Afghanistan directly dependent on its logistics.

The constant and rude attempts of the United States to interfere in the internal affairs of a nuclear power raise overt anger in Pakistan at all levels. An opinion poll conducted by Pew Research Center (USA) in the beginning of 2012 showed that 74 percent of Pakistanis view the U.S. as an “enemy.” Not that long ago, the whole country was discussing the scandal connected with the resignation of the Pakistani ambassador to the United States. Husain Haqqani who it was alleged wrote a secret letter, in which he asked for help in preventing a military coup, which was allegedly plotted in Pakistan, and promised certain concessions in return.

But even this pro-American official said last August that the goals and priorities of the two countries would not be the same in near future. That is why, he said, the USA and Pakistan should give up their attempts to build a partnership and pay attention to their own interests instead. “If in 65 years we haven’t been able to find sufficient common reasons to live together … It may be better to find friendship outside the family ties,” Haqqani told Reuters.

The brazen drone bombings of the Pakistani territory, the uncoordinated military operation to destroy Osama bin Laden, the accusations of supplying materials for Iran’s nuclear program have prompted Pakistan to seek cooperation with Russia.

A special envoy of the President of Russia visited Pakistan in May 2012. Putin himself accepted the invitation to come to Pakistan for a bilateral meeting in Islamabad, prior to the IV quadrilateral meeting on Afghanistan. The meeting was to be held in Islamabad on 26-27 September 2012 with the participation of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Russia. 

A new strategic partnership is brewing in the region. The meeting was indeed held, however, Russian president because of his pressing engagements at home, could not attend as expected.

Pakistan was one of three countries that officially recognized the power of Taliban movement in Afghanistan. There is no logic in the decision of the USA to make Pakistan its ally after 9/11. Indeed, Afghanistan and Pakistan are two brotherly nations. Ten billion dollars that the States invested in Pakistan’s economy during ten years are not enough to make the country “sell and destroy itself,” as then Pakistani Minister of Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati said.

In case of partnership with Pakistan, Russia could take control of the logistics of the U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. Russia already controls the Northern Distribution Network in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan that border on Afghanistan. If we add the southern routes from Karachi to Chaman and Torkham, then all deliveries will have to be coordinated through the Russian-Pakistani alliance.

If this scenario becomes reality, Russia will obtain enormous leverage over the United States. In one full sweep, it will remove the Mideastern loop, which can not be tightened today just because of Iran. What is more, Russia will receive access to the Indian Ocean through the Arabian Sea and the ports of Gwadar or Karachi and then to the Strait of Hormuz, bypassing the alliance with Iran, which is not beneficial for Russia now.

In addition, Pakistan has been an observer at the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization – a regional international organization, founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan) since 2005. One could go further on the geopolitical level, and make the country a permanent member of the SCO. Given that Afghanistan, India and Iran also look for partnerships in the bloc, one should welcome them as members too. The U.S. would thus face a dilemma: either give away South Asia to the SCO (to Russia and China that is) or try to retain the region at all costs.

With Pakistan’s help, Russia would be able to control terrorist activities in Central Asia. The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is the largest Islamist political organization in Central Asia. It is present in Afghanistan on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistan border, and Pakistan’s role could be crucial in the fight against this menace.

The Commander of Pakistan Air Force, Air Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt, visited Russia in August. He told Thenews.com.pk portal that “it was a great visit with a positive result, and we can expect closer cooperation with Russia in the field of defense, particularly air defense.” According to experts, Pakistan is interested in buying Mi-35 attack helicopters, Mi-17 transport helicopters, engines for JF-17 program, missile defense systems, submarines and so on.

Russia made another thoughtful decision as it offered Pakistan help in solving the country’s energy crisis. Gazprom is ready to invest in Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) gas pipeline, rather than in the risky TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India), which has the support of the United States. In addition, Russia’s Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Factory (MMK), with 75 percent of shares, will help expand the capabilities of Pakistan Steel Mills from 1 million to 3 million tons of production a year. Pakistan, in turn, can provide access to mineral resources in Balochistan and the Thar coal deposit.

It is important to remember that Pakistan sits on the crossroads of east to west and north to south trade corridors, including the new Silk Road Project in South Asia, which the Americans cherish. Russia needs to firmly define its economic priorities and defend them strongly. If the resources are not needed, then one should keep the transportation routes of those resources under control. A mega breakthrough is possible in the future: the “Persian Gulf – Bering Strait” railroad. The road will cross the Trans-Siberian Railway, the Turksib and the Trans-Asian Railway from China to Europe.
Pravda.Ru

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      Wonders of Pakistan,
      I am Brigadier Nadir Mir (R), author of book, ‘Gwadar on the Global Chessboard’ and working for global peace.
      You have incorrectly stated that ‘Nadir Mir, a retired brigadier general of the Pakistan Army who took part in military operations against the Pakistani Taliban,’.
      In fact, I had never undertaken any local military operation against Taliban or anyone else. Pakistan’s enemy remains India only.
      Now in my writings and TV talk shows, I repeatedly state that there is no enemy within Pakistan only problems.
      India is the main threat still I suggest Cold Peace with India.
      With China, Russia and USA, we need friendship.
      It is suggested that Wonders of Pakistan should delete or correct this incorrect, illegal statement which is factually wrong.
      Thanks
      Brigadier Nadir Mir

      • Respected Brigadier Sb.,

        The remarks attributed to you were contained in this article which my Russian friend Andre Fomin (Editor: Oriental Review http://orientalreview.org/2013/02/12/russia-pakistan-the-way-is-open-for-new-projects/) had sent to me.

        This is neither mine nor Andre’s fault. We blog editors publish articles of topical interest from authors of different hues and shades. They carry their own views.

        Publishing an article in ‘Wonders of Pakistan’ does not mean that the blog editor/administrator fully agrees to all what has been said in the articles.

        As far the wrongly attributed paragraph, I do regret this [which has though been inadvertent]. Meanwhile it has been removed from the caption under the title image as well as from the main text of the said article.

        Nayyar Hashmey Editor: Wonders of Pakistan

  2. After making the US King of Asia, is Pakistan in search of a queen now?
    What a distorted thinking……..and what about Chacha China.
    Why forget about the Guru of the globe?

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