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February 10, 2018

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Conflict of interest

When there is a conflict of interest between two countries, they do not enjoy good relations. This was the case between Pakistan and the US during the Cold War. The former wanted to strengthen its defence and economy to withstand the fear of India, while the US required Pakistan’s support to contain the influence of communism. The disparate interests restricted them from being permanent friends. Therefore, the relationship between the two countries remained like a roller coaster and they did not benefit each other.

At present, relations between India and the US display the same image. India has developed high expectations from the latter. Narendra Modi believes that the US will develop his country’s marine capacity and help him explore natural resources of the Indian Ocean. He is also under the impression that the country will bring huge investment and turn India into an Asian tiger. However, the aim of the US is to harass China and regain its lost influence in Asia. One day, the difference of goals will isolate India in Asia. Pakistan was lucky to get good partner in its neighbourhood, but India is not. It is time for both Pakistan and India to admit their follies and try to find solution to their thorny issues instead of becoming a cat’s paw of any superpower.

Saddam Hussain Samo

Khairpur

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