US India nexus

While addressing a Seminar on the national security policy, Advisor to the Prime Minister Lt General (R) Nasir Janjua said the Unite States seems to be speaking Indian’s  language and that the two nations have the same idea regarding the Kashmir conflict. He complained the US is willing to give India a bigger role in Afghanistan while blaming for its own failure in the region. He said India was given clear preference over Pakistan which emboldens India to threaten us by conventional war.

Pakistan has extended a hand of friendship to the United States whenever asked by the latter. Pakistan became its ally in military pacts of South East Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) and Central Treaty Organization (CETO). But when India waged a war against Pakistan, the United States betrayed it by slapping arms embargo. Again in the Indian aggression of 1971, the United States did not give diplomatic and moral support to Pakistan. In the wake of Soviet’s occupation of Afghanistan, Pakistan took side with the United States but after Geneva Accord dumped its all time ally and did not play its due role in the stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan. Hence, the war torn Afghanistan became a sanctuary of terrorist outfits. After the 9/11 incident Pakistan joined hand with the United States in its war against global terrorism, but in return Pakistan is frequently accused of harboring militant outfits ignoring the fact that our support for the Unites States landed Pakistan in Quagmire of terror attacks in which 70000 thousand civilians and 8000 officers and personals of security forces have lost their lives. Announcing national security policy President Donald Trump renewed his warning that Pakistan should decisively act against the terrorists operating on its soil. He reminded that Pakistan receives millions of dollars of aid from the United States. He reiterated his stance of “America first.”

President Obama administration signed an agreement with India for strategic partnership to contain China’s in creasing influence in this region and world affairs. Moreover, the United States gave greater role to India in Afghan affairs which it could not perform, because the world is no longer uni-polar. China, Russia and Central Asian States are keener to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. Pakistan shares a common border with Afghanistan and strong religious and cultural bond by virtue of which it can play a better role for the peace and stability of this country. Since the decade of 1950s till date our leadership should have demonstrated the attitude of “Pakistan first, “which unfortunately is not evident barring two exceptions. The lust of PPP and PML- leadership and their allies for building offshore assets have extremely weakened country’s economy because strong economy guarantees independent foreign policy. The deteriorating situation of the Middle East, particularly Palestine and Syria necessitates pragmatic and proactive foreign policy as putting all eggs in one basket does not safeguard the national interest. But to achieve this objective our leadership must speak truth before the people about the grim situation of the economy and earnestly take steps for its turn around. It is time to formulate a viable foreign policy viz-a-viz Afghanistan and United States and strengthening our relations with Russia.

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