Let them have…cake

Those “informed sources” in Islamabad…what would the world be without them?

Barack Obama, as usual, raises expectations, this time among “informed sources” in Pakistan.

An informed source while quoting an Islamabad-based diplomat, who is said to be aware of the details of what he called the Obama Plan, said that a long-term solution to the problems associated with the Gwadar Port vis-a-vis the divergent strategic interests of US and China would also be explored in regional context, and in this regard all the concerned parties will be taken into confidence for seriously considering the following options. Regarding Pak-India relations, the proxy war between the two are being checked and controlled completely.

…Regarding long-term solution to the problems associated with the Gwadar Port and the divergent strategic interests of the US and China related thereto, it is said, would be explored in regional context, and in this regard all the concerned parties will be taken into confidence for seriously considering the following options: Let Pakistan declare the Gwadar Sea Port as an international open port; Let both the USA and China jointly invest into developing the Gwadar Port as a Deep Sea Port of international standards; Let the USA build a land route and oil/gas pipelines from the Gwadar Deep Sea Port to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of Central Asia through Afghanistan; Let China construct a land route and railways (if feasible) from the Gwadar Deep Sea Port to its Khunjerab Pass and onward through Balochistan, NWFP and Northern Areas; Let India construct a motorway from New Delhi to Lahore and then Pakistan constructs a motorway and railways (if feasible) from Peshawar to Jalalabad, city of Afghanistan, and at the same time, Afghanistan constructs a motorway and railways (if feasible) from Jalalabad to the American-sponsored land route extending to the CIS thereby providing India and Pakistan a joint access to Afghanistan and to the Central Asian States; Let Iran construct a motorway and railways (if feasible) to the American-sponsored land route in Afghanistan extending to the central Asian CIS member states thereby providing Iran a land access to Afghanistan and the Central Asian States, and also to China through Pakistan or through the CIS; and Let India, Pakistan and Iran jointly build a gas pipeline from Paras Gas Field of Iran to India through Pakistan for meeting the growing energy needs of both India and Pakistan.

The above solution, the source said, will provide a way forward to all the concerned countries thereby transforming into an economic inter-dependent region of peace and mutual cooperation to their respective benefits and prosperity. [The News]

Messy problems can be solved—you have only to Let them.

10 thoughts on “Let them have…cake”

  1. and then, obama will cure cancer, aids, the common cold, solve the energy crisis, and of course, teach us all how to make beer from thin air.

  2. “Let the USA build a land route and oil/gas pipelines from the Gwadar Deep Sea Port to the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) of Central Asia through Afghanistan”

    Everyone else is building roads and they’re building pipelines.

    It’s not a bad idea if the USA is willing to foot the bill.

  3. If all the countries mentioned were part of some EU-type confederacy in Asia; then such a proposal would make sense. As they are not, it just seems like a fantasy.

  4. In short, he proposes rebaptism of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Pakistan Junction & rehabilitate the Pakistani Army by repositioning them as the American Highway patrol corps.

  5. Seems like a practical idea but what about our borders and law and order situation where we can’t even have Cricket matches in peace.

  6. Just read the full article in ‘The News’. Never knew one could set “target dates” for tasks like this – shame on engineers 😉

    This one should take the cake:

    The coalition forces and the Afghanistan government will not allow any poppy growing and production and processing the heroin in Afghanistan. India will stop supplying the chemicals for heroin processing into Afghanistan. The Pakistan government will stop heroin smuggling through its territory. It will result into stopping the money supply out of this drug trade to the Afghan-Taliban and the TTP as well as to criminals/insurgents on both sides of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and once this money supply is dried out they won’t be able to continue their insurgent activities with empty stomach. Target date: December 31, 2009. [emphasis mine]

    FYI, Dec. 31 ’09 is less than 10 months away. And Obama officially took office in Jan 09. Bush couldn’t come up with such a plan for 7 years!

  7. Although many aspects of the article are obviously simplified to an almost absurd degree (especially the timeline), many of the proposals themselves actually make a good deal of sense when disaggregated and considered individually. Seems like an impossible task to summarize an entire regional strategy in 500 words without taking some ‘liberties?’

    What of the reliability of the author? If the article was published as an anonymous editorial or something, it would be even easier to write off, but since Mr. Abassi apparently has some journalistic history (link and link), I cannot help but wonder about the potential value of his perspective (even if the story is a “plant,” who is planting it? why? who’s views does it reflect?)

    For all the discussion of the “unveiling” of Obama’s “Afghan strategy review,” I have thus far found the publicly disclosed details of said review to be fairly trite. In some respect the account provided by Mr. Abbasi presents a potentially plausible (albeit “unofficial”) version of the conclusions of the Afghan strategy review as compared to the bland and vague publicly disclosed version seeping from the pages of the NYT and other major papers.

    I am not saying that all the details or Mr. Abassis article are a “true” representation of Obama’s emerging strategy, however, I also do not think that simply because some of the components of the alleged strategy are (overly)ambitious, that the plan is a priori fraudulent or unworthy of consideration.

    Does anyone else think that at least SOME aspects of the alleged plan deserve serious discussion and consideration?

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  8. This is at best a means to spend “other countries money” and build assets that “the Taliban” can destroy during and after construction.

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