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From ally to adversary

Tensions aggravating
Within a period of two years, relations between the US and Pakistan have taken a 180 degree turn. While Islamabad may have serious differences with Washington, both countries need to ensure that these remain within manageable limits. As if the increase hype in the drone attacks after the Chicago summit was not enough (three persons were killed in the latest strike in North Waziristan), the US has now deployed USS Enterprise into Pakistani waters near Gwadar. As it comes after serious warnings from Leon Panetta, the move is likely to be interpreted as an attempt at arm-twisting by the US. The US has to realise that any aggressive action on its part will have far reaching effects. Among other things, it will strengthen the militants.
The Raymond Davis affair, military operation to get rid of OBL in Abbottabad and the killing of 26 Pakistani soldiers by the Nato forces in November have all caused enough bad blood between the two countries. The refusal by Pakistan to open the Nato supply routes is the obvious reason behind the upping of the ante by the US. This was unnecessary as the Pakistani side now sticks only to one demand, an apology from the US over the Salala killings in return for opening the Nato supply routes. Statesmanship requires that Washington accept the demand to end the stalemate.
Those in Pakistan behind making decisions about ties with the US have to realise the dangers that accrue from confrontation between the two countries. The US has signed an agreement with India for holding trilateral talks with Afghanistan to help Kabul. Washington now wants India to fill the post-withdrawal vacuum in Afghanistan. It also wants India to play a bigger role in training Afghan security forces. At their strategic dialogue, the US and India did refer to Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan but only to underscore its support for terrorists. All this measures may cause resentment in Pakistan but will hardly bring peace to Afghanistan. What is needed is to jointly fight militancy which will remain a threat to the international community and Pakistan after the Nato troops have moved out. The US and Pakistan need to reach a compromise to benefit them and the region.



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6 Comments

  1. andy fr dc said:

    Given that the Pak Generals made the decision 10 years ago to protect OBL and the Taliban, it is a little late for this advice. By it's own actions Pakistan is an enemy of the US.

  2. Zafar said:

    What about the role of US supporting/creating Mujahideen, further 10 to 20 years ago

  3. Hassan said:

    In 2000 Pakistani generals made a decision to sell Pakistan to the US. After 36000 lives, both civilian and military, and an economic loss of US $70 billion+ , even now if anyone has the audacity to say that Pakistan didn’t hold its end of the bargain and “needs to do more”… then maybe THEY are not sincere with Pakistan and it would be in Pakistan’s interest to separate itself from THEM.
    US needs to realize one thing… Ever since world war II, Pakistan has been the only consistent US ally in this region and in the future Pakistan still wants to play that role. If US thinks that others, especially India that has always been against US policy, can do that job then it will be a major blunder for any US future interests in Asia.

  4. Babur Chughtai Mughal said:

    CIA and US military are squarely responsible for the mess. The talk about Haqqani network, supply route, etc. is hogwash. CIA and US military have been on a course of covert meddling and takeover in Pakistan since 2002.

    • SL DUA said:

      Badshah salamat, yeh tto bahut duur ki kaudi hai.

  5. SL DUA said:

    In 1971 Indo-Pak war, USS Enterprise, the 7th fleet of US navy was deployed in Bay of Bengal in support of Pakistan. NOW, the same USS Enterprise is deployed near Gwadar, against Pakistan.
    I think, Pakistan's strategists should have some serious introspect, egoistic loitering with nukes in hand won't do.

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