It was being expected that after Tillerson and Mattis’s visit of Pakistan and with positive diplomatic engagement, reservations of the Trump administration regarding Pakistan have been addressed. But recently presented report of Trump administration to Congress unveiled that unpredictability of the Trump doctrine’s policy on Pakistan continues. The Trump administration has informed Congress that it will take unilateral steps in areas of divergence with Pakistan while expanding cooperation between the two countries where their interests converge.
US President Donald Trump unveiled a new national security strategy in which he called Pakistan to take “decisive action” against terrorism and particularly against alleged terrorist safe havens on its territory. This is the Pentagon’s first report on Afghanistan since Aug 21, when President Donald Trump announced his new South Asia strategy.
When Donald Trump announced his new South Asian policy, civil and military leadership in Pakistan reiterated that Pakistan is committed to fight terror as country has already rendered huge sacrifices to eliminate terrorism. It was rightly said that Pakistan is firm in its stance to end menace of terror but not on the cost of Pakistan’s sovereignty and dignity. It was also stressed that there is need to further engage in order to remove air of mistrust.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Visited Pakistan on October 24, and U.S. defence secretary James Mattis landed in Pakistan on December 5 and held meetings with civilian and military leaderships. As per US statements on the vital visits it was emphasized that Pakistan contains vital place in the region and can play pivotal role in working with the US and others to facilitate a peace process in Afghanistan. US officials expressed their reservations, but also acknowledged sacrifices of Pakistan in fighting terror.
But Trump administration once again reiterated to take unilateral steps to target alleged ‘safe heavens’ inside Pakistan. It shows stubborn approach of US in putting blame on Pakistan for own failures in Afghanistan. Confrontational statements that undermine Pakistan’s role and sacrifices are extremely unfortunate. Best way forward to bring peace in the region is to remove communication gap and indulge in further negotiations with the aim of having affective cooperation. If US accepts that Pakistan’s role is very crucial to bring stability in the region then she should refrain from passing statements against Pakistan.
Passing statement that undermines Pakistan’s sacrifices and role in fighting terror is very unfortunate.