In the last few weeks, India has stabbed Pakistan twice in the back. First, it persuaded the US to refrain from signing a civil-nuclear technology deal with Islamabad like it had with New Delhi. India did so by building pressure on US leadership with reference to Pakistans track record on nuclear proliferation. The Indian media campaign exploited Pakistani nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khans public admission of the same in 2004. Needless to say that Pakistan is in dire need of civil nuclear technology to meet the enormous shortfall it has in its power generation. Obviously under pressure from New Delhi, the US did not give any positive response, not even a verbal assurance that it might consider the request, to the Pakistani delegation in the recently held strategic dialogue in Washington. Not satisfied even after having drawn the first blood, the New Delhi, then, went after Paris, asking the French to back out of an already finalized defence deal with Islamabad. The Indian spin on the Pak-French deal was that this would start an arms race in the region and create an imbalance between the two countries. That might sound comic to some because India is about seven times the size of Pakistan and has been literally breaking the Reserve Bank of India buying equipment and weapons for its Armed Forces from sources around the globe, most recent acquisition being a large procurement of most sophisticated weapons from Israel. What shall Pakistan do now? We should reformulate our foreign policy with total focus on pursuing procurement of civil nuclear technology from whichever possible sources we can. With no consensus on Kalabagh dam, this is the only option we are left with to generate the thousands of megawatts we need to have and do it quickly too. -ASIM MUNIR, Rawalpindi, April 9.