Pakistan has on many occassions tried to project itself to the west, and has failed to do so due to many reasons. On one occassion some years ago they even tried to create and lead a coalition of sunni states against Iran. Pakistan is not a power by itself, it has a failed system of governance, judiciary, economy, and relies on others to keep it from disintegration. For this reason, it can project its mild power into some parts of Afghanistan, but not further.
The best counter to its own potential power, has always been its retarded self.
No disrespect intended to the Pakistanis, they are a nice people.