The time has come for Pakistan to play a leading and effective role in order to resolve the Middle East crisis and regional issues. | All Round View

The time has come for Pakistan to play a leading and effective role in order to resolve the Middle East crisis and regional issues.

Aziz Khan (All Round View File Photo)

All Round View (Islamabad): Aziz Khan, the chairman of the Pewastoon Center for Strategic Studies & Policy Making (Pvt.) Ltd. stated that Pakistan must play a leading and effective role in order to resolve the Middle East crisis and regional issues. He stated that the time has come for Pakistan to play a leading and effective role in resolving the Middle East crisis and regional issues. We as a nation cannot ignore the current situation in the Middle East. The overall situation in the Middle East is like a flaming volcano, where many crises are going on simultaneously at the same time; and any of these crises can totally ruin everything and can cause a great disaster in the entire region. Therefore, we must play a leading and effective role in order to save this region from complete destruction, and safeguard the sovereignty of our country and nation. We are still suffering the consequences of the former Soviet Union & Afghan war and the recent war on so-called terrorism, so we as a nation cannot afford any new war or war adventure in the region.

If we do not come forward, and could not play a leading and effective role and leave the Middle East at the mercy of the situation, then the situation could spiral out of control at any time, which could turn the entire region into hell. Therefore, we must come forward and play a vital role in order to resolve the current tensions in the region. I know the situation is not that easy, but still we have no choice but to come forward and to control the situation in the region long before it could turn into a horrible war. We have to stop this war at any cost. In this regard, we must lay the groundwork for a broad-based dialogue on regional and global levels, and talk to all the world and regional powers and convince them that any new war or adventure in the region will not only wreak havoc on the whole region, rather it will have devastating effects on the whole world.

We can divide this dialogue into two phases, where in the first phase we can arrange comprehensive dialogue between all the regional powers while in the second phase we will arrange comprehensive dialogue between all the global and regional powers. In the first phase of this initiative, we will convene a regional conference in Islamabad with the title “Islamabad Peace Dialogue” or “Islamabad Peace Talks”, where Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain , Yemen, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Afghanistan and Central Asian Islamic states would be invited to participate.

All the conflicts and other issues in the region will be comprehensively discussed in this conference like the conflict between Iran & the Gulf countries, the Iranian nuclear issue, the conflict between Qatar and its neighboring countries, the Yemen conflict, the Syrian conflict, and the Iraq conflict, the issue of Afghanistan and the rise of ISIS in the region as well as the US presence in the region, Arab-Israeli issues and all other related issues will be thoroughly discussed in this conference. If Pakistan plays its role on true lines and in the right manner, then believe me, Pakistan can not only play a key role in resolving all these issues, rather Pakistan can also play the role of a strong bridge between the West and the Muslim world.

In addition to these issues, we can also discuss the issue of Kashmir, the issues of Muslims in India and Myanmar, and the issues between the Afghan Taliban and the Afghan government in the proposed Islamabad Peace Dialogue. In this way we can build a strong consensus on the issues of Kashmir and the Muslims of India with all our Muslim brother countries which can give us a solid and strong foundation in resolving the issues of Kashmir and the Muslims of India with India.

In the second phase of the Islamabad Peace Dialogue, we will invite the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, the Russian Federation, China and Japan in addition to the above-mentioned Islamic countries, and all the above mentioned matters will be discussed in a broader context. It is clear that all these outstanding issues will not be resolved by just a few conferences, rather by holding several such conferences so that we can achieve the ultimate goal of regional peace and stability.

Such dialogues and conferences can help pave the way for a long lasting solution to all relevant regional issues between the Muslim Ummah, which will ultimately provide us with a strong foundation to fight the case of Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah globally. Such dialogues and conferences can be held in countries other than Islamabad, but Pakistan will play a key role in every such dialogue and conference. It is important that Pakistan must realize its potential.

Pakistan can play a leading & effective role not only in the region but also ob global level. Pakistan has all the required guts and capabilities in order to play this role. The only thing that really matters and that Pakistan is lacking is the visionary and determined leadership. Believe me, the day Pakistan gets this leadership, Pakistan will emerge as the true leader of East and West.