Tonight with Moeed Pirzada: What does trump’s Presidency means for Pakistan and the region

Donald Trump, who sworn in as 45th president of the United States, rarely discussed Pakistan during his campaign. – Trump main focus was internal politics and issues of the US. Trump in his inaugural speech claimed that America has changed from today with a slogan ‘America comes first; we will bring back our jobs’.
To discuss what Trump’s Presidency holds for Pakistan and the region, Dr. Moeed Pirzada was joined by prominent analysts Professor Shabaz Gill from Illinois University, who early predicted Trump’s triumph as president, the other worthy guests were Professor Riffath Hassan and ex-foreign secretary Najam-ud-Din Sheikh and ex-foreign minister Khurshid Kasoori.
Dr Riffath was of the view that Trump cannot ignore Pakistan, as it holds unique geostrategic position in the region. He criticized that Trump speech excluded gender rights issues, ethnic issues and women rights. He said that the US strategy will change much Viz a viz Pakistan and India.
Ex-foreign minister Khurshid Kasoori added that Trump should not criticize American Establishment, as he is represents that establishment and his nominees were mostly part of the that establishment.
Professor Shahbaz Gill said that this is perfect time for Pakistan’s foreign office to Lobby and to plead their case with the new President. He said, ‘’Trump is a businessman and he can understand the language of business and Pakistan should engage Trump’’.
Najim-ud-din Shiekh said that Trump’s policy on South Asia is not clear and it is very difficult to predict, Trump policy on Pakistan and India as he has rarely mentioned these in his speeches.