Pak-US relations

Nothing but fantasy

Relations between Pakistan and the United States have always been volatile and Pakistan has not been able to please the United States by becoming an ally against the will of the people in the region. Pakistan sacrificed more than 70,000 lives in the Afghan war, while it is impossible to estimate the fiscal deficit yet, the United States not only demanded to ‘do more’ but also tried to put its weaknesses in Pakistan’s account and is still doing so. The United States has always expected its own will from Pakistan, while never taking any practical steps to win Pakistan’s confidence.

It is clear that the United States has always used Pakistan for its interests. Whenever the United States needs Pakistan, it will not hesitate to establish relations. US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman also visited Pakistan. There is a link in this chain. But we should not expect too much from the United States. The US Deputy Secretary of State said during his visit to India before Pakistan that his visit to Pakistan is for very specific and limited purposes and at the moment we do not wish for a broad-based relationship with Pakistan. There was no room for a warm welcome for the US Deputy Secretary of State in Pakistan after that. However, after meeting the US Deputy Secretary of State, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and National Security Adviser Moeed Yousaf contrary to the usual procedure, did not issue a statement on Twitter but Wendy Sherman did say in her Twitter statement that she had met with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister to discuss the future of Afghanistan and the long-standing US-Pakistan relations. We anticipate moving forward to address regional and global challenges.

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This is not the first time that the United States has done this to Pakistan. The United States has done the same to Pakistan before, although in principle it should not be the case. But we have to keep in mind that we don’t live in an ideal world. We have to consider the other side of the picture and other possibilities. Our emotional attitude shows that we don’t consider the other side of possibility. That’s why when someone changes their attitude towards us, this situation causes psychological stress for us. We have to formulate a plan of action keeping in view the facts instead of psychological pressure if the United States has made it clear that it is not thinking for a broad-based relationship with Pakistan and the central point of the relationship will be the situation in Afghanistan, so we should also be limited to Afghanistan, the US Secretary of State has not made clear during his visit what the US wants to do in Afghanistan, only it seems that no country, including Pakistan, will recognize the Taliban government as long as other countries in the world do not recognize them.

As Afghanistan’s neighbor, Pakistan itself is an inflicted party to the changing situation in the region. Nevertheless, the views expressed by the US Deputy Secretary of State regarding Pakistan are worrisome.

Its apparent purpose is to increase pressure on the Taliban to fulfill its commitment, but steps are being taken to implausibly thwart the Taliban government. The purpose of establishing an interim government in Afghanistan was to facilitate dealings with the world until a permanent government is established but no significant progress has been made in the last month and a half in which Western countries have made any effort to coordinate with the Taliban. In this vacuum, the crisis of necessities of life in Afghanistan is intensifying, no one is paying attention to it, nor is anyone seeing the growing threats of ISIS. The problems that the US approach to Afghanistan’s interim government has created for Afghanistan and the region cannot be ignored.

As Afghanistan’s neighbor, Pakistan itself is an inflicted party to the changing situation in the region. Nevertheless, the views expressed by the US Deputy Secretary of State regarding Pakistan are worrisome. When the US does not want to have relations with Pakistan like India. So Pakistan should not show warmth either. Pakistan has to take into account the attitude of the United States in formulating its foreign policy. The US has formed an alliance against China called Quad, in which India along with Japan and Australia involved, while Pakistan is China’s closest friend in the region. Thus, the prospect for a resumption of Pak-US relations is nothing short of imaginary.

Attiya Munawer
The writer tweets @AttiyaMunawer

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