Trump ducks out of naming Pakistan as source of terrorism

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 03:18 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 170 times

From the timePresident Donald Trump has taken up office, hopes of a possible shift in American policy in the war on terror have faded away. At the very beginning of his presidency, it was estimated that Donald Trump, as a businessperson and a strong critique of former US administrations, would put an end to all American policies that led to the expansion of terrorism in the world other than eliminating it; however, his first foreign trip to Saudi Arabia demonstrated no US policy shift, an issue that cannot be expected to happen in the near future. 

 

 In a relatively long speech at the Riyadh Summit, Trump accused Iran of backing terrorism, but he fell short of mentioning Pakistan as the main source of terrorism not only in the region, but also the world. While it is beyond question that Iran also supports some terror groups, no mention of Pakistan as the main terror supporting country at such important summit and Trump’s long address clearly shows malicious American intentions. 

Any kind of terrorist activities and active terror groups in the world can be traced back to Pakistan in one way or another. The leader of key global terror organization, Al-Qaeda, was killed in an area close to Pakistan’s capital, and based on recent intelligence reports, the current leader of Al-Qaeda, Ayman Mohammed Rabie al-Zawahiri, is also domiciled in  Karachi, the capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province. Additionally, some other terror outfits on the UNSC sanctions list not only have safe havens in Pakistan, but also enjoy strong government support. 

In spite of the presence of such concrete evidence, the exculpation of Pakistan at a major global counterterrorism forum can well describe the honesty and intentions of the United States in the war on terror. 

Trump’s speech in Riyadh Summit showed the United States is not committed to honestly fighting terrorism, and all its activities under the so called war on terror are aimed to protect its own interests. The time has come for the world to bring full clarification about the war on terrorism, and this vicious phenomenon should no longer be used as a tool to protect long-term interests.