PM of Pakistan, being a man of very average ability needs a very clear headed and an excellent Foreign Minister who should be a man of sound understanding and pragmatism as his national Security Adviser. In addition, he needs a Finance Minister who is a sound economist and well focused on the problems and issues at micro level at home. These are issues that are frustrating an overwhelming majority of the population. If he really wants to do something meaningful he should retire the present lot surrounding him and get some educated and dynamic people around him to advise and deliver, as he has lost a lot of ground in the last four months.

Regarding his visit to the UN and Washington, I have been wondering what was the need to rush to US in a hurry and what was he expecting to accomplish? Even if he was uneasy and wanted to rush to the US, along with the team of his close advisers, he should have given space to the US President to get over the influence left by Manmohan Singh. On the issue of drones, Pakistan has locked itself in meaningless legalities. As the situation is, total lack of control over the territory from which insurgents are operating on both sides of the border, no sane expert of international law will give any credence to PM's slogan of sovereignty.

The PM and his advisers have to think hard, away from emotional appeals and populist slogans, of the strategies to convince influential and powerful members of international community that they are willing to play their role, in controlling terrorism for which, unfortunately, the perception has grown very strong that Pakistan has become the epicenter of terrorism. Before appealing to international leaders, the PM has to do his homework and show some positive results in handling the matters that the world is asking for. Let him start with dealing with the protection of minorities and Muslims, who do not belong to the mainstream religious groups.

Governance and corruption are the other two issues on which he can contribute effectively to gain respect at home. Once he has shown real progress regarding these matters he can, with confidence and pride, tell the international leaders that his government is moving with strength in the interest to the public in Pakistan and that would give credibility to his words. Otherwise, every word that he utters would only be regarded as an empty rhetoric. In today's world no national leader can succeed in convincing foreign statesmen that he really means what he says.


USA, October 26.