Azam Khalil Blessed are those that naught expect, For they shall not be disappointed. - Walcot The pattern is all too familiar and, therefore, not many people were surprised in Pakistan when the American President sort of endorsed Indian desire to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security council. In recent history everyone has seen how the US foreign policy works and fails, be it Iran, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and a host of other countries spread over the globe. The Indians on their part also used familiar tactics by exerting enormous pressure on the Americans through their media that went for the throat of the US President and squeezed him to a point where he surrendered to almost all what New Delhi wanted from his administration. Mr Obama is set on a course where he may become the only President who suffered by a landslide in a general election, if he seeks, what is normal for an American President, a second term of office. The voters in his country have already made their voices heard by handing him an unprecedented defeat in the House of Representatives. He has also lost crucial ground in the Senate. The Americans in their exuberance to do business with the vast Indian market have taken certain decisions, which may destabilize an entire region instead of providing it with stability, that is in the interest of not only this region but also of the United States. The Indians have earned unprecedented concessions and will now have access to high-tech American technology that was previously out of reach for them. However, at the same time they will very soon find that their new found friendship with the Americans would put some extraordinary burden on their shoulders. The most serious of it would be that the Americans would want the Indians to pursue a policy in their relations with China that suits the strategic interests of the United States. While in the short-term it would be beneficial for both India and the United States to do business with one another, but soon enough both will realize that it was not entirely a prudent policy to foster a relationship that would alienate both China and Pakistan. The Americans should have made it clear to the Indians that to aspire for a UN Security Council seat is one thing but to translate it into reality would be another. This because the Indians can never ever pass the test of morality even if the United Nations was to be reformed because of its history in violating its several resolutions in the past. On the contrary, the endorsement by President Obama for Indias quest would add a new dimension of complexity to the entire reform programme that may never be acceptable to Europe and now more specifically to the Peoples Republic of China. The American President should have known better that the reform programme at the United Nations is already mired in serious differences between certain European capitals and, therefore, it was not very pragmatic on his part to add a new dimension to an already complex issue that will now become harder to resolve in spite what the Indians call American endorsement for them. For many in this country, who have seen the result of US friendship for the last 60 years there will be some consolation when the Indians find that American policymakers can quickly switch off all the lights that were now burning at both the ends at the slightest indication of American interest shifting away from India. The main purpose of American interest and the subsequent tour of President Obama to Indonesia, Korea and then Japan is indicative of the what the US policymakers have on their minds when they have travelled the extra mile to please the Indians. The Americans with the passage of time knew that they were losing their competitive edge not only in modern technology but their economy had also become subservient to certain elements that were probably beyond the control of the United States. There seems to be some sort of desperation on the part of policymakers in the United States, who want to encircle and isolate China in their bid to see that the Chinese do not dominate the global economy or attain political and military power that cannot be challenged by the United States or their allies. It has probably become imperative for the Americans that they have access to markets that will allow them to progress forward; otherwise the signs for their economy are not positive and it may continue to flutter at best. The short-sightedness of the Americans should not be lost by Pakistan and this country must now put in place a mechanism that would allow it to extract a reasonable price from its American friends if they want the support of this country in Afghanistan and some other parts of the Islamic world. The time may have come when decision makers in this country put a plan on the drawing board that allows it to pursue a more independent foreign policy and that its relations with its neighbours are no more dictated by the US or its strategic interests. Pakistan should now follow a course that will allow it to cement its relations not only with Iran and China, but also with the entire Arab world. This country can play a more vibrant role in the Islamic world that can ultimately result in the formation of a block of nations that makes America and other powers to listen to their voice more attentively. Finally the Americans should have taken into consideration the strenuous efforts made by this country to resolve its outstanding issues with India through negotiations and that the Indians have been stonewalling these efforts because they want to continuously deceive the international community about the worst human rights violations that are being committed by the 700,000 Indian occupation army in Kashmir. One hopes that Pakistan would from now on adopt a more aggressive approach not only to highlight the plight of the Kashmiri people, but would also take practical steps that would force India to allow the people of Kashmir their basic right of self determination that has been denied to them through brute force for such a long time. The writer is a freelance columnist. Email:zarnatta@hotmail.com