Foreign Policy Of Pakistan After 9/11

It is normal thing that there are challenges and opportunities while formulating foreign policy at any policy. There are so many issues lying in terms of different aspects and most important factor is external intervention in any country.

Specifically, Pakistan is a country that had faced such issues in recent past. Strategic region with many stakes have open loops for external forces to come and assure why it is best for go with options and why it is not located in detailed discourse. Bilateral relations was need of time when world has indulged itself into culture of aggression and oppression (Fani, 2005).

The issues of 9/11 was not a one day issues or one country issue it was issues of many countries and foreign policies. But, Media had took Pakistan as example of such countries. The sudden change in foreign policy without consultation from public and consent from administration at general level was reasons of unrest at ground.

The lack of consultation has created two kinds of issues. One is about dealing with internal force like public and other is external force and outside stakeholders. Pakistan had choose external parties stakes more than internal one without any further research about after effects internally (Fani, 2005).

The decision was taken with immediate basis and never show smooth approach for internal parties in any way. The commission of Pakistan at that time was not so serious and curious about internal stakes and it did not show any related activities with these aspects. This was major policy research and was so much daunting in nature since establishments. These actions after 9/11 was considering as draft for foreign policy after event (Fani, 2005).

The policy meant to provide realistic approach to show that how much policy makers were biased with their action. If one say that policy makers at that time was just puppet of external forces then there would no wrong. Yes, it is true that Pakistan has been taking cooperation with the United States on several fronts including intelligence, notably since 9/11. It is also true that use of airspace and home ground in available for the United States with several fronts and importantly Pakistan was least important in this way (Fani, 2005).

Furthermore, logistics approach was seen as another and worst approach to show that how this approach can negate governmental and supportive attitude without any intention. Lastly, there was no political consensus in such way that can give benefits for public and it had increased trust deficit within Pakistan. One can say that urgency to meet hands for bilateral relations in implicit agendas was not a good part of foreign policy after 9/11 (Fani, 2005).


Fani, M. I. (2005). Pakistan’s Foreign Policy: Challenges and Opportunities after 9/11. Pakistan Horizon , 58 (4), 53-64.