There are people who are still living in the bygone era entertaining the illusion that United Nations has established the order in which the aggrieved Third World countries could seek some kind of justice or satisfaction for their just causes. The sooner this delusion is shed, the more realistic would be the expectations in this cut throat world ruled by the new masters of world’s destiny. Once I was dealing with power realities of course when Pakistan was Pakistan. Now the entire scene has changed very much. Still it is necessary not to base foreign policy on wrong assumptions. A diplomat surveys the international power equations with no illusions. It should be understood that International law is only for the powerful countries who have the muscles to put credibility in their claims.
Just as an aside what Pakistan was once and where it has reached now can be judged from American compliance with Ayub Khan’s demand to close down Bara Bed near Peshawar established under CENTO Pact, after USSR took offence to its use for spying over USSR by American planes and in contrast the recent case of Pakistan’s demand to US to vacate Shamsi Base which the US has rejected.