FOR decades, Pakistan has had a single-item foreign policy: Kashmir. Of late, drones have been added to this short list.
Long gone are the days when Pakistan commanded respect on the global stage, and was seen as a spokesman for the developing world. Now, wracked by two violent insurrections, an unsustainable population growth, and a tottering economy, Pakistan is viewed with pity and alarm as an international basket case.
Our prime minister has never been accused of being a deep thinker, and foreign affairs leave him stifling a yawn. In Washington recently, shuffling his prepared notes, he was clearly out of his depth. That he hewed so closely to his brief must have pleased his Foreign Office handlers.
In fact, our diplomatic corps has much to be pleased about: after years, one of their own has been named Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. For a long time, this prized post has been the preserve of political appointees, and all of them have acquitted themselves well.