· Priority to regional relationships
· Special attention to Muslim world
· With India:
– A relationship based on dignity, reciprocity and equality
– Seek to end arms race
– Attack common problems of poverty, hunger and illiteracy
– Resolve controversial issues in a just and mutually acceptable manner
· With the US:
– Build ‘bridges of understanding’
– Span the chasm of fear, suspicion and misunderstanding
– Move forward in a way that strengthens both countries
· Balanced relationship with the G8.
The focus of our foreign policy will be to promote Pakistan’s business interests abroad. Regional relationships will be given priority. Given that we are an Islamic Republic special attention will be given to our ties with other Muslim countries.
We will seek a balanced, just and principled relationship with the developed world. Regional Relationships
China is a rising world power. It has always remained a staunch friend and supporter of Pakistan. It has supported us – and continues to do so – with strong economic and technical assistance. It has stood by us in difficult times and has always been on our side in all international forays.
China has given much – since the creation Pakistan – to our nation and people. Mustaqbil thinks it is time that Pakistan now gives something back. We will explore with our Chinese friends possible areas of cooperation that would be of mutual benefit.
There is much that unites the Pakistani and American people. Both love freedom and hold sacred the principle of individual liberty. Both believe strongly in private enterprise. Both are entrepreneurial, creative and hard working. They are natural allies. And indeed many of us, who now have the privilege to found Mustaqbil, have spent the formative years of our lives in the U.S. as students and young professionals. Some of our best friends are Americans. And so we know that Americans are amongst the brightest, most selfless and generous people on the planet. Hence we are especially saddened that an unpopular and misguided leadership has, in recent times, rent their image, not only in Pakistan but in the whole world.
As Mustaqbil we look forward to rebuilding a relationship that now stands on the verge of collapse. We will do this by building bridges of understanding which span the chasm of reciprocal fear and suspicion, a chasm opened by a few, with narrow minds and narrower vision.
The European Union
Pakistan has always appreciated the calm, reasoned and measured influence of the E.U. in world affairs. With authority that derives from its status as the cradle of democracy, the EU has sought to spread democratic values with wisdom and dignity.
Within the EU, Pakistan has, of course, a special and historic relationship with the United Kingdom. There was much that was wrong about colonialism. But, undeniably, there is also much that we in the Subcontinent learned from the British. Mustaqbil recognizes that there is a debt, if only symbolic, that is still owed to the British. They educated our early leaders and provided the ideological framework on which were built all our institutions of state. And not least they built infrastructure where none existed. And, to their credit, many of these structures – such as the magnificent barrages on the Indus and its tributaries – still stand as lasting testimony to their ingenuity, workmanship and vision. These are people Mustaqbil wants as our friends
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