A sense of fear still prevails inside Pakistan, and we can relate it to the fragile situation of politics in Afghanistan. Afghanistan and Pakistan are immediate neighbors and anything happening inside Afghanistan would be having direct influence on our side of the border and that too because of inseparable events of past. Also, Pakistan has security threats from militias like TTP, ISIS due to perceived interrelations between regional militias.
As far as sudden withdrawal of New Zealand team from Pakistan is concerned, one must not negate the geopolitics behind it. Reports are in circulation that Argentina has officially included $664 Million in funding for the purchase of 12 PAC JF-17A Block III fighters from Pakistan in a draft budget for 2022.
Moreover, the budget has also been presented in the country’s parliament as per news sources. Intelligence Alliance of 5 eyes countries would have surely something to do with the recent debacle pertaining to the future as well as present of Pakistan’s best pastime sports – cricket.
Argentina is, perhaps, the only threat to UK as both have been in armed conflict with the former under the circumspection of Falklands War (10-week undeclared war between Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982 over two British dependent territories).
Also, it doesn’t negate the indirect influence of USA as China and USA have been in the state of cold conflict. In such conflicts, dreading down one’s another allies is something customary.
So far Argentina is one of China’s main trading partners. Why does US would allow strengthening of Argentina militarily and same applies to Pakistan because later is also a long-term ally of China. Such principles are mentioned in Balance of Power theory of international relations. The balance of power, in international relations, refers to the posture and policy of a nation or group of nations protecting itself against another nation or group of nations by matching its power against the power of the other side.
Essentially, had there been some evident threat to NZ team, the international media would have overwhelmed with this propaganda campaign against already volatile security of Pakistan.