Future of Pak-US relations

Islamabad, Aug 11, IRNA – A Pakistani independent political analyst says that future of Pakistan-US ties is difficult to predict as trust deficit is a great impediment in the bilateral ties.

In an article published in daily ‘Dunya’ Dr. Rashid Ahmad Khan said after the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pakistan and his meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi everyone is asking whether the Pak-US ties are going towards improvement or not.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi has given the answer to the question in affirmative saying that discussions were held in a pleasant environment and any perception of coldness is wrong. He added that both countries have agreed to resume their stalled dialogue process.

He added that the US did not repeat its old mantra of ‘do more’ on Pakistan during Pompeo’s visit rather they have expressed their resolve to work closely with Pakistan.

However the statement issued by the US State Department said that the US had once again asked Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists.

He said in January this year when Trump had announced suspension of Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan, he used the same words.

The analyst said that when Mike Pompeo last week announced to withhold disbursement of $300 million Coalition Support Funds last week he also stated that Pakistan has failed to take action against terrorists.

Mike Pompeo in his telephone call to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had also mentioned about terrorists operating in Pakistan, which was rejected by Pakistan.

He said that no joint statement was issued at the conclusion of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pakistan and there was no joint press conference either.

The two countries had issued separate statements on the visit whose contents were rather contradictory. He said that it is very easy to summarize this visit in once sentence and which is there is absolutely no improvement in Pak-US ties after the visit.

Dr. Rashid Ahmad Khan noted that both countries during the visit just expressed hopes and expectations to each other and there were no concrete measures taken to improve the bilateral ties.

“This is not a strange thing to happen as trust deficit and uncertainty always exist in Pakistan-US ties which cannot be bridged in one or two meetings and especially when the two countries have different viewpoints on a number of issues,” he said.

He added that after 9/11, former President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf had supported the US stance in war against terror but the fact is that US actions against Taliban in Afghanistan or war against terror have never remained popular among Pakistani public.

The analyst said that Prime Minister Imran khan in his previous speeches had repeatedly said that this war does not belong to Pakistan rather he used to say ‘this is a US war imposed on Pakistan’.

He said that why Pakistan under US pressure should take an action against those people who have not done anything to Pakistan.

The expert went on to say that the new US strategy for South Asia is also not acceptable to Pakistan which invites Indian role for restoring peace in Afghanistan.

Dr. Rashid Ahmad Khan was of the view that if Pakistan wants to improve its ties with the US, it has to take some measures which the country has been denying in the past like the action against Haqqani network.

He said that things regarding Pakistan-US ties will become clearer when Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi would meet his US counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York.

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