Pakistan response to Kashmir post 5 August era

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Barkat Ullah
By abrogating articles 370 and 35A, India aimed to change the special administrative and demographic status of Kashmir. After the decisions made by Indian parliament on the 5th of August, India has merged Kashmir in its territory. Pakistan being one of the main parties in the conflict tries to engage international community against the recent actions of brutality of India in Kashmir. Pakistan raised the issue on the international forums i.e., UN, EU and OIC etc. Similarly, UN discussed the issue in general assembly session after 50 years which is a major diplomatic achievement of Pakistan. Along with diplomacy and hard power soft power is also a key element in pursuing national interests. So, exposing
Modi fascist approach through movies, songs and documentaries is also smart policy of Pakistan, and it needs to work more on this aspect too. But the dilemma is that although Pakistan is trying its best to engage international community over India brutalities, yet world has given very less attention to its concerns. This is probably because of its domestic constraints in the way of its foreign policy. For instance, weak economic conditions and struggling political system are major hurdles to Pakistan & effective foreign policy. On contrary, world do have its huge economic and strategic interests in India,
therefore they can’t oppose India over the said issue. If Pakistan wants its voice to be heard in an influential manner at international level, it has to give the world something useful in return. Pakistan needs to raise its economy and play proactive role in regional economic integration. Pakistan needs to make suitable grounds for major economic investments in its territory. Moreover, strong and effective political system in Pakistan is the need of hour for pursuing healthy foreign policy.