Resumption of strategic dialogue to boost Pak-US ties

Published: August 20, 2012
Goodwill gestures expected in aftermath of cessation of ban on ground lines of communication through Pakistan. DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID

Goodwill gestures expected in aftermath of cessation of ban on ground lines of communication through Pakistan. DESIGN: JAMAL KHURSHID


A revival of strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the United States next month, recent important visits from US military officials and various other acts of goodwill can be expected from the US in the near future, sources in Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, DC have told The Express Tribune.

The goodwill gestures are being expected in the aftermath of the cessation of a ban on the ground lines of communication through Pakistan that had lasted for 7 months.

Sources from both sides confirmed that top officials from both countries have agreed to take advantage of the 67th United Nations General Assembly session, falling next month in New York, to give a fresh start to the strategic dialogue between both countries.

Sources stationed at the Presidency in Islamabad informed The Express Tribune: “President Asif Ali Zardari will attend the United Nations General Assembly this time as all preparations indicate that there are bright chances to have bilateral meetings with different heads of states but a meeting with the US president is also on the cards”.

Regarding the process of the revival of bilateral ties between the two allies, the US initiated a goodwill message to Pakistan through diplomatic channels stating that “the US is serious in rejuvenation of the torn relations with Pakistan as the Salala incident had brought great damage not only to the existing strong relationship (with Pakistan) but also to the war efforts against terror.”

Similar views were surfacing at Pakistan’s Foreign Office (FO) regarding the expected talks: “We also want to give a fresh start to the ties with the US as there is no use of lingering on issues that have already been settled by both of us, therefore, an agenda for the revival of strategic dialogue is being chalked out in both countries as of now,” an FO official said.

“Keeping in view the tension that erupted between Pakistan and the US since the Raymond Davis issue, Osama bin Laden’s killing and the Salala episode, we hope that the US will have a realistic approach in addressing all issues,” the official went on to say.

During the next strategic dialogue rounds, he said, Pakistan’s tentative focus will be mainly on the social sector and non-security related areas specifically. As many as 11 core groups are part of the strategic dialogue process, including economy and trade, energy, defence, security, strategic stability and non-proliferation, law enforcement and counter-terrorism, science and technology, education, agriculture, water, health and communication, and public diplomacy.

It was learnt that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, along with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, is likely to visit Washington in September to finalise the agenda and to discuss other pending issues for the fourth ministerial session of the strategic dialogue.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 20th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Zafaryab
    Aug 20, 2012 - 12:31PM

    come on express tribune it’s not the level of external affairs story. 2 reporters are coming out with this story is not a progress.


  • Hedgefunder
    Aug 20, 2012 - 1:50PM

    How many dialogues does it take to boost this relationship ?


  • Aug 20, 2012 - 9:15PM

    In all the matters,Pakistan’s approach as a ally has been realistic.

    on the other hand,American behave has been aggressive and creating issues one after another for example, R-devise issue,Salala incident,Interference by drones attacks.which
    are an open violation of country’s sovereignty and international law.

    Aftermath Osama’s killing,they are proud to be an American, single super power of of the world but should know God Almighty is only superior power and have command on every thing exist on the earth and skies. we are all accountable to HIM.

    The meeting expected in the near future,what would be happened,more responsibilities would have been submitted regarding the on going war in terror, that’s all.


  • Pakistani Pakhtoon
    Aug 20, 2012 - 10:19PM

    it will be a good step towards betterment of country and counter terrorism effort


  • Polpot
    Aug 21, 2012 - 8:29AM

    “It was learnt that Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, along with Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, is likely to visit Washington””
    The entire story is a cover for a jaunt by the FM to US. Specially since the current Paki Ambassador hold s a ministerial status.
    Obviously supply of cosmetics and perfumes are running low since the last “very very very successful”trip to US.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Aug 21, 2012 - 2:05PM

    A close cooperation is a must between US and Pakistan to won the war against terrorism . This is also required for the stability in Pakistan to avoid the formation of Taliban or their supporter’s govt. in Islamabad and to keep army and ISI away from Power politics after the general election to be held in next few months . The role of US in rhe region will remain as such in the next decade as well .


  • Zaid Hamid
    Aug 21, 2012 - 3:48PM

    WoW….More dollar pittance on way from the land of the Master !


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