Trump's tough talk should worry Pakistan

Trump's tough talk should worry Pakistan

That said, the United States rushing in more troops to Afghanistan is definitely no music to Pakistan's military.

Last week, the U.S. administration under President Donald Trump had suspended all military assistance to Pakistan, amounting to $225 million, until it took decisive action against terrorist groups, including the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network. Not that past US Presidents were, in Trump's description, "foolish". Just how much aid is to be suspended is not known precisely but it would all be military and no civilian aid is to be curtailed. Though rarely mentioned, the USA flies men and materiel through Pakistani airspace and trucks up considerable volumes of supplies and equipment from Karachi port to Afghanistan.

"So I expect there will be more talks". I think that's too narrow of a viewpoint.

The US has given almost $33 billion aid to Pakistan since 2002.

However, as Trump indicated when he unveiled his South Asia strategy in August, putting pressure on Pakistan was his pound of flesh in return for agreeing to a troop increase in Afghanistan. US President Donald Trump lambasting of Pakistan as a "safe haven for terrorism" is apt. "This kind of running your foreign policy through the media can not achieve much, and is going to alienate more and more allies", he suggested.

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What is going to happen next potentially is going to hurt America more than it hurts Pakistan. There should not be any doubts when it comes to the defence of Pakistan, he had said.

"That is the way it has been portrayed, but I think there will be some effect, [even if] not much". In an interaction with reporters, two senior state department officials insisted that such a move is not a punishment, but to provide an "incentive" to Pakistan to take more action against terrorist groups.

Asked whether there was any truth in Washington's claims that Islamabad hasn't done enough to fight terror, Yusufzai said that the dispute is really about Pakistan's lack of urgency in fighting the militants, not their lack of assistance as such. Out of this, $400 million was eligible for Haqqani Network-related certification requirements that can not be waived by the administration. "Pakistan is saying that the Haqqani no longer exist in Pakistan".

Furthermore, one of the explanations Islamabad has been able to fall back on is the 2.7 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for almost four decades now, and among whom terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Haqqani can easily hide and operate. The effort to repatriate these refugees has to be an worldwide one, according to Yusufzai. It goes without saying that Pakistan is not comfortable with a stable Afghanistan. Even as India is emerging as a close confidant of the US, Trump's stunning blow could derail Pakistan, unless it has other ideas.

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