Prerequisites of an Independent Foreign Policy By Saad Masood

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Lately, there was quite a lot of speak about honour and independence in worldwide relations, particularly in overseas coverage formulation. Imran Khan notably has struck a chord with the inhabitants all throughout the nation. Proper or flawed, his narrative of a “overseas conspiracy” to cease his “unbiased overseas coverage” is gaining traction inside the lots. A lot of his latest statements affirm this notion – two particularly, “no nation is revered except it stands by itself two ft,” and “my unbiased overseas coverage was clear from day one, if somebody didn’t prefer it, then I don’t learn about it.” Whereas these feedback are good rhetoric, they aren’t simple to implement. Think about.

This hyperlinks again to the rebooted nationwide safety framework which I’ve expressed in earlier opinion items as a “4 pillar” system. The foremost is nationwide identification. Then, comes the nationwide function. The penultimate pillar is nationwide pursuits. Whereas the nationwide safety coverage, together with methods to execute this coverage, is the ultimate leg of this construction. The essential requirement for the nationwide safety framework is that every one the pillars are working with one another – in concord – versus appearing as contradicting forces. If the latter occurs, the nationwide safety framework can come crashing down, in a short time and really gravely! That is what appears to be taking place at present. Discuss of a sovereign overseas coverage is sweet however with out a strong nationwide safety framework – notably with no outlined nationwide curiosity – it largely sounds hole!

Discuss of a sovereign overseas coverage is sweet however with out a strong nationwide safety framework, it virtually sounds hole!

I’ve elaboratively mentioned all elements of the nationwide safety framework previously however nationwide pursuits advantage a repeat right here. They’re the penultimate pillar of the nationwide safety framework and might be finest expressed by the French expression raison d’état, cause of state in English. Nationwide pursuits are usually the targets and aspirations of a nation which may assure its survival. These are additionally what states search to guard or obtain in relation to one another. For Pakistan, the next nationwide pursuits have been what I listed and consider must be outlined, disseminated and reiterated. One, Pakistan ought to turn into a nationally harmonious nation. Two, it ought to turn into a safe state, particularly with regard to its territory, residents, and structure. Three, Pakistan must be a profitable economic system and improve the usual of its residents by beneficial social alternatives. 4, promote a morally secure and safe world ruled by the rule of legislation. 5, provoke friendships globally by appearing as a democratic and credible associate.

The astute amongst us would word that every one 5 nationwide pursuits are targeted on the financial bounty, nationwide safety and beneficial situations. These – and the related nationwide pursuits – are the lynchpin of an unbiased overseas coverage! The identical could also be stated of the whole nationwide safety framework however no less than the securing of nationwide pursuits – in a single type or one other – is essential to honour and confidence in worldwide relations! One should stroll earlier than one can run!

Whereas it is rather essential to aspiring for honour, braveness and respect, it’s equally essential to make sure that the foundations are there to allow one to take action! It simply appears that at this essential juncture the cart is earlier than the horse. Regardless of! Not less than the present political local weather has opened up a nationwide debate about what it means to have a sovereign overseas coverage and that’s how one progresses from concept to implementation.

It’s not solely Pakistan that might want to maintain nationwide pursuits and an unbiased overseas coverage expensive. Pakistan’s regional and world allies will are likely to do the identical. The latest announcement by Pakistan’s all-weather-friends to make bilateral loans conditional on IMF involvement signifies such. China, Saudi and UAE have stated that they are going to focus on bilateral assist as soon as the subsequent part of the IMF programme is agreed upon. For Pakistan, this situation contradicts the nationwide pursuits espousing beneficial regional and world situations – which it ought to work on! For the others, it maybe aligns with their nationwide curiosity of being a reputable and smart nation on the world stage – which they need to at all times need to!

Look by the worldwide checkerboard and you’d discover that international locations that goal to be massive gamers on this world are those who’ve acutely, passionately and efficiently arrange their nationwide safety framework – to an extent that they will now declare to have an unbiased overseas coverage which secures their nationwide pursuits additional. As massive a nation because the US and as small a city-state resembling Singapore, each have adopted the identical blueprint, of nationwide safety framework first and a sovereign overseas coverage second! In the end, it’s a power-oriented world the place the weak can’t demand, solely plead and honour and sovereignty might not simply be the luxurious of a struggling nation. Due to this fact, it is very important get one’s priorities proper and solely then one can present true impetus to an unbiased overseas coverage!

The author is Director Programmes for a global ICT group based mostly within the UK and writes on company technique, socio-economic and geopolitical points.​

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