Essay on Pak-American Relations

Pak-American relations have acquired (come to gain) special importance after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989, the end of the Afghan War, the new developments in the Middle East, South Asia and the Far East and the terrorist attacks in the US in 2001. By all standards, the US is the only superpower today. Until China manages to become another superpower in the 21st century, America will continue to enjoy a decisive role in the military, technological, economic and political fields to the advantage or disadvantage of weaker countries.

In the present situation, America should firstly treat the developing countries, especially Pakistan and India, equally. She should try to bring about a just balance of power between them by providing the best kind of technological information to Pakistan. She should not initiate or continue nuclear and high-tech co-operation with India. at our cost and at the cost of other South-Asian states to tilt the balance of power in her favor dangerously. She should help resolve the Kashmir issue justly to the satisfaction of the Kashmiris and Pakistanis basically. She should, no doubt, help Pakistan positively by promoting its programmes of mass education, economic reconstruction and social equalization as she did in Western Europe after the Second World War. She should respect our sovereignty (complete power to govern ourselves) in all this relationship.

How can the US work for us and for herself?

The US should co-operate with us by writing off all the loans to us and by making the World Bank write off its loans. She, together with the advanced WesternEuropean countries, should initiate (start) a programme of swift transfer of modern technology and scientific expertise (specialized knowledge) to Pakistan on a massive scale. Side-by-side, a programme of investment in industry and agriculture may be implemented, with the collaboration of Pakistani industrialists and agriculturists, in all parts of the country. On top of all, with the active participation of the UN, a national plan of education for all according to the needs of the individual should be launched to hasten (accelerate) Pakistan’s entry into the territories of the First World. Rather, the education programme should be taken up earlier than the other programmes in active collaboration with Pakistani educationists and able people in different fields of national activity like law, medicine, and engineering.

A strong, stable and viable (strong enough to stand by itself) Pakistan will be a better and effective friend of America. We, then, shall be able to provide help and guidance, in our turn, for the betterment of the less developed parts of the world.

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Under the Marshal Plan which the US started in the late 1940s to help Europe to economic recovery (after the devastation of the Second World War). In 1950 the programme was broadened to include all areas of the world opposed to the communists.

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