FB   
 
Powered bysps
        Society for Policy Studies
 
 

 
A Functional Foreign Office
Posted:Sep 11, 2017
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 
Not the most mild-mannered or most-liked politician; Khawaja Asif has certainly been among the controversies during the current Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) term. However during his current stint as Foreign Minister he has been a busy man. Thrown into the deep end with the US deciding to wade back into Afghanistan and the recent, and damaging BRICS summit declaration, Khwaja Asif has had to work hard for his portfolio – so far, it seems, he has given a decent account for himself.
 
 
In times, when the Trump administration’s hostility towards Pakistan is visible in the announced strategy for the region, Khawaja Asif’s approach to finding regional partners and relying on diplomacy has been the wisest one. Only last Thursday, following the conclusion of three-day envoys conference, the Foreign Minister in a press conference commented on Pakistan’s foreign policy, stressing that we have find consensus in the region.
 
 
Quick and balanced responses from the foreign office to the BRICS declaration are also reflective of a Foreign Ministry that has a direction. On Monday, the new Foreign Minister visited Tehran to meet Iranian President and his counterpart. Earlier this month, he visited China to discuss the recently announced US policy. Some common elements of all these visits were to strengthen Pakistan’s relations with its neighbouring and other regional countries to find a solution for the Afghan problem.
 
 
With efficiency recently observed in the performance of the Foreign Office, one wonders why Nawaz Sharif insisted on keeping the portfolio of Foreign Minister to himself. Despite being urged countless times by advisors and commentators to divest it, the former Prime Minister kept this hefty responsibility with himself – ultimately not giving it the attention and diligence it deserved.
 
 
Perhaps it is not wrong to assume that if we had a full time Foreign Minister from the start of the term the isolation that Pakistan is facing on the international front – apart from China – could have been mitigated, if not averted.
 
 
 
 
 
Print
Share
  
increase Font size decrease Font size
 

Disclaimer: South Asia Monitor does not accept responsibility for the views or ideology expressed in any article, signed or unsigned, which appears on its site. What it does accept is responsibility for giving it a chance to appear and enter the public discourse.
Comments (Total Comments 0) Post Comments Post Comment
Review
 
 
 
 
spotlight image Relations between India and Peru  are united by El Niño and the monsoon yet separated by vast distances across oceans.  Jorge Castaneda, Ambassador of Peru to India, talks to INDIA REVIEW & ANALYSIS exclusively about what is bringing the two geographically-apart countries closer.
 
read-more
The United Nations General Assembly rallied around world court Judge Dalveer Bhandari of India on Monday in his bid for reelection, defying the Security Council where permanent members and their allies put up a fight to protect one of their own, Britain's Christopher Greenwood.
 
read-more
The internet services are often being shut down in Kashmir which puts the people through ordeal. In these times when lives have become dependent on the internet, snapping the service only results into throwing the developmental process at standstill. Modern businesses are increasingly reliant on the uninterrupted internet services.
 
read-more
The participating governments at this year’s Asean summit had one underlying interest in mind: to determine the way United States President Donald Trump handles China.
 
read-more
This week a major United Nations gathering on climate change gets underway in Bonn, Germany.
 
read-more

In its own coded and diplomatic style, the World Bank has warned that the government’s growth story is now at risk given the scale of the macroeconomic imbalances growing within it.

 
read-more
Column-image

Title: The People Next Door -The Curious History of India-Pakistan Relations; Author: T.C.A. Raghavan; Publisher: HarperCollins ; Pages: 361; Price: Rs 699

 
Column-image

Could the North Korean nuclear issue which is giving the world an anxious time due to presence of hotheads on each side, the invasion of Iraq and its toxic fallout, and above all, the arms race in the teeming but impoverished South Asian subcon...

 
Column-image

Title: A Bonsai Tree; Author: Narendra Luther; Publisher: Niyogi Books; Pages: 227 Many books have been written on India's partition but here is a firsthand account of the horror by a migrant from what is now Pakistan, who ...

 
Column-image

As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
Column-image

Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.