What kind of pressure the US should put on Pakistan?

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 03:37 Written by  Heart of Asia Read 76 times

Pakistan, as the main driver of Afghan war, has never faced appropriate international pressures. Though Afghan governments have called on the international community for over a decade and a half that Pakistan’s support to terrorists is the major culprit for the protraction of Afghan conflict, the US-led Western coalition has always insisted on fighting the war on terror in Afghan villages and homes. Despite concrete evidence such as the killing of Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, in Islamabad, the United States has not dealt with Pakistan the way necessary. Whatever the US has done against Pakistan has not contributed to stability in Afghanistan, or else the situation would have not been as tenuous as now.  

 

Since taking up office, US President Donald Trump has continuously turned on Pakistan, more recently threatening to cut aid to the country. In his first tweet of 2018, Trump has said: “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit.” According to him, Pakistan has continued to give sanctuaries to the very terrorists the United States is hunting in Afghanistan.

Trump’s statements, if on the one hand, substantiate the rightfulness of Afghan calls that Pakistan is the main supporter of insurgency in Afghanistan, but on the other hand they also divulge the ineffectiveness of America’s persistence to suppress the terrorists in Afghanistan without any stern actions being taken against them in Pakistan. It means the continuity of war in Afghanistan under the pretext of the fight against terrorism, without holding the state sponsors of terrorism accountable, cannot bring stability to the region. It on no account seems logical to expect that an armed movement such as the anti-Afghan government militants with foreign support will be eliminated by clamping it down only in Afghanistan, especially as the country which has very weak control over its borders. 

Afghan people welcome any American action against Pakistan that culminates in stability not only in Afghanistan, but also the entire region. If international pressures on Pakistan have other goals, and pave the way for more regional rivalries than regional stability, they will never serve the best interests of Afghanistan. The best approach will be the endeavors the US should make in cooperation and coordination with regional powers that will not only protect their interests, but also, once and for all, put an end to the ongoing violence that is threatening the region.