The face of the government in Pakistan has changed. Imran Khan has been shown the way out after the high voltage political drama. Now the new Prime Minister will take over the power of the country. Imran Khan ruled the country for 3 years 7 months. This huge political turmoil has different meanings for these political developments, not only for Pakistan but for many countries including India.
Significantly, since coming to power in 2018, Imran Khan’s rhetoric has become anti-American. He expressed his intention to move closer to China and more recently to Russia. Imran met Russian President Vladimir Putin on 24 February. Then this political change will affect Afghanistan in the west, China in the northeast and India in the east.
Will relations with India improve?
Firstly, in the case of India, after the fall of the Imran government in Pakistan, there is a constant discussion about it in India. However, there have been no formal diplomatic talks for many years due to the deep mistrust between the two countries on a number of issues. But experts closely monitoring India-Pakistan relations say that the Pakistani army may push the new government of Islamabad for a successful ceasefire in Kashmir. This is because the chief of Pakistan’s mighty army, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, recently said that his country was ready to move forward on Kashmir if India agreed.
Importance of Pakistan to America
US-based South Asian experts say that Pakistan’s political crisis is of little importance to US President Joe Biden. Because at the moment they are monitoring the war situation in Ukraine. It is only when there is widespread unrest or tension between India and Pakistan that the US focuses on Pakistan.
“We have a lot of issues other than Pakistan,” said Robin Raphael, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think-tank and former assistant secretary for South Asia. Curtis, the senior director of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council for South Asia, said issues such as India, Pakistan’s internal politics, nuclear weapons and Afghanistan were largely irrelevant to the United States. America only cares about those to whom the military draws attention.
However, he said that Imran Khan’s visit to Russia is a big blow to relations with America. The new government in Islamabad can help improve relations to some extent. Let us tell you that Imran Khan has blamed America for the current political crisis. He also said that Washington wanted to remove him because of his recent visit to Moscow. But Washington has denied any role in the case.
Who needs China in Pakistan?
In recent times, Imran Khan has consistently emphasized the positive role of China in Pakistan and around the world. Under his government, the $60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor was one of the ways to strengthen ties between the two countries. But China worked on the plan keeping in mind the priorities of both the political parties of Pakistan. Because not only Imran, but Shahbaz Sharif, younger brother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, had also made many agreements with China as the leader of the Eastern Province of Punjab.
Pakistan’s conflict with Afghanistan!
Relations between Pakistan’s military intelligence agency and the Islamic militant Taliban have weakened in recent years. This has increased the tension between the Taliban and the Pakistani army. Pakistan wants the Taliban to do more to crack down on extremist groups. Because Pakistan is worried that if this does not happen then they will spread violence in Pakistan.
Lisa Curtis, director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security Think, said the US does not need Pakistan as a medium for the Taliban. Because Qatar is playing that role now.