Raymond Davis Book: An historical analysis By Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani

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Raymond Davis Book: An historical analysis
By Dr Ramesh Kumar Vankwani
Ex-CIA contractor Raymond Davis’ recently-published book has caused an uproar and angered the public across the country. To understand this sensitive issue, we must have a look on the diplomatic history of Pakistan and the United States. At the time of independence, the international community was divided in to two blocs. One was Communist Bloc, led by the USSR and mostly consisting of dictatorship countries while the US was leader of Western Bloc which promoted the values of human rights, democracy, and freedom. Liaqat Ali Khan, first prime minister of Pakistan, despite receiving invitation from the USSR, decided to join Western Bloc.
On the occasion of first visit to the US on May 1950, Pakistani high-level delegation led by then-Prime Minister Liaqat Ali Khan was warmly welcomed by the US government. The delegation was personally received by the US President, Harry Truman who ordered to organise a parade in honor of Pakistani delegate and accorded the red-carpet treatment in New York. This was the beautiful beginning of strategic bilateral relation between two countries on the basis of equality, mutual cooperation and dignity.
Pakistan has a long history of powerful rulers who provided out of the way cooperation to the US for the sake of their rule . President Ayub Khan, during his era, succeed to establish close relationship with the United States, and allowed the US to launch the U-2 spy plane from Peshawar airbase which was shot down by the USSR and American pilot was captured. Latter, Ayub Khan wrote his autobiography “Friends, Not Masters” to explain the bitter realities of Pak US relations. In 1971, eastern part of Pakistan was separated in the tenure of General Yahya Khan but the US naval vessel never arrived for help.
On the occasion of the USSR invasion to neighboring country Afghanistan, Pakistan being an active part of anti-Communist alliance, has decided to launch Guerrilla war against the USSR and General Zia ul Haq was ruling the country at that time. Pakistan with the US assistance, succeed to defeat the super power USSR in the largest covert operation in history which resulted to emerge the US as only super power. On the other hand, extremist elements also increased their influence in the Pakistani society which was once considered as the most moderate one. The facts behind the mysterious death of General Zia along with the US envoy and other high profile officials in an aviation crash are still unknown.
The politics of the 90s revolves around two major political parties; PML(N) and PPP, who came into power through a democratic process but none was allowed to complete its tenure. The political instability forced the democratic leadership to look towards the US support at any cost. Four political governments were dismissed due to corruption charges. US President Bill Clinton also paid a short visit to General Pervez Musharraf led Pakistan at the end of his lengthier trip to the sub-continent. During his visit, he emphasized on the importance of democracy and curbing terrorism but ignored all contributions by Pakistan during the cold war.
After the September 11 attacks, Pakistan once again became a key ally with the United States in the war against terror. Pakistan has lost thousands of lives in various terror attacks since joining the US led war. Suicide attacks became routine across the country in response of Pakistan’s support to the US but the “Do more” was demanded by the US repeatedly.
Following the charter of democracy, PML(N) respected the public decision to bring PPP in to power. The PPP government which secured huge number of sympathy votes after the martyrdom of Benazir Bhutto has failed to deliver something positive.  The Raymond Davis incident, Osama bin Laden and the Memo gate were three key scandals that emerged during the PPP tenure. There is US involvement in these three incidents but real facts were never disclosed by the PPP government. A large number of visas were also allegedly issued to the American spies during that time.
At the moment, when the country is moving towards progress and prosperity and military operations Zarb-e-Azb and Radd-ul-Fassad are ensuring peace and stability, the mass dissemination of the book written by Raymond Davis on Social Media has ulterior motives; such as, demoralization of Pakistani people and malign of political and military leadership. The warm welcome to Pakistan’s first prime minister is a proof that the US wanted to establish bilateral relations with Pakistan on the basis of equality but it is infact Pakistani elites who consider to use Pak-US relations for the purpose of strengthen their governments and fulfilling personal agendas. Shamelessly, they prefer to ignore the national interest completely.
The Raymond Davis’s book, which is a sheer violation of diplomatic manners, has damaged the repute of the US as well. The US must understand that the characters like Raymond Davis bring bad name to the American people as a whole. I believe that no government of any country will be comfortable to offer out of the way cooperation to the US in future. To avoid such unwanted incidents, we must ensure the interest of our beloved country gets priority rather than the personal interests and agenda. For this, I request that our political and military leadership must sit together to define the national interest collectively. There is also a dire need to make Pakistan a strong economic power to save from the foreign influence.
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