America should not attempt to control Pak's internal political processes: US think tank
Islamabad, Mar. 22 : The United States should work with, and not attempt to control, Pakistan's internal political processes, a new US report has said.
The report - "Previewing Pakistan's 2013 Elections" - notes that US efforts in past decades to advance its interests in Pakistan through direct contact with favoured military or political elite partners have proven unsustainable, and attempts to repeat such practices are likely to become more unworkable as the system shifts towards greater multi-polarity, at least for the near term, reports The Dawn.
The report, put together by author Colin Cookman, for a Washington think tank, Centre for American Progress, encouraged the US to make efforts to support Pakistan's democratic evolution and the success of its upcoming elections.
It also urged US diplomatic and military officials to continue to engage with a broad array of Pakistani civilian leaders and military officials, while making it clear that the US does not favour any specific electoral outcome and strongly opposes any disruption of the constitutional process or intervention during the caretaker period.
The report also warned that whoever wins the next elections should try to resolve the problems the country faces or be prepared to face accountability.
The report further said that Pakistanis themselves are capable of establishing a more stable, democratic system capable of balancing diverse interest groups and effectively addressing the country's challenges.