The US and Pakistan have a long history of relationship – an undulating wave of close partnership and divorce. The Pakistan PM will visit and meet US President Trump on July 22. Will this meeting establish new stronger connectivity between both countries? Pakistan media is fully engaged to assess through different experts, US businessmen and former diplomats. For example, in one programme at national news channel in which senior figures from Pakistan’s bureaucracy and business were invited, a journalist tried to ask technical questions to get a final predictive or professional assessment about the success or failures regarding this meeting. The views were ambiguous points of view with no clear direction. One of them assessed 50-50 chances of success that equals almost to no verdict at all, while the other was little positive without providing concrete, logical inputs.
In many cases what our Pakistani public is exposed to is still a political myth; we are at best vague about the future of relationship between the two countries.
There are two ways through which we can predict or assess the success rate of this meeting – either through a traditional experts/think tanks-based approach or with new methods.
I opine that the agenda of this meeting would be more business-oriented rather than political. Efforts would be made to find common ground between the countries.