Pakistan and Regional Developments

Infrastructure development and trade offer Pakistan and Australia fertile ground in strengthening their relations. Australia does not intend to challenge China’s influence in the region and realizes the secondary role it will play in Pakistan’s economic development. Jinnah Institute’s roundtable held on 20th November 2019 with members of the Australian High Commission and leading policy specialists in Pakistan discussed opportunities that Australia and Pakistan can leverage to form partnerships that strengthen ties. Tensions between India and Pakistan and the conflict in Afghanistan were also discussed. Pakistani participants presented strong opposition to Indian annexation of Kashmir and condemned the neighbor’s belligerent behavior adding that the international community must take a stand against India’s gross human rights violations in Kashmir.