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Need for an effective policy  
Sir: This is with reference to your editorial “Pakistan needs an effective foreign policy” (October 2, 2016), I am afraid Pakistan’s regional position at present is far worse than it was before. There was a time when the entire Islamic world supported our stance on the Kashmir dispute.
Now no Muslim country speaks out in favour of implementing the UN resolutions on resolving the issue. Even though there is no proof of Pakistan’s involvement, it is being held responsible for the militant attack in Uri. And instead of condemning India for its so-called “surgical strike” across the Line Of Control (which, if it had really happened, could have resulted in war), the entire world is silent.
You can be sure that if Pakistan had claimed to have crossed the LOC (without actually doing so), there would have been an uproar.
Surely there is something wrong that we are doing. Perhaps if we did more to stop extremist organisations from propagating their poisonous beliefs and brainwashing our youth to turn them into suicide bombers, we may change the perception others have of our country being a supporter of terrorism. And, as you say, a capable foreign minister should be in charge.
SHAKIR LAKHANI
Karachi
Printed in Daily Times, October 7, 2016

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