The fears that the presence of Donald Trump in White House may prove to be somewhat of a headache for Pakistan are now materializing. The US President and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends this week and vowed to work more closely on combating terrorism, the war on Afghanistan and defence cooperation. Worryingly for Pakistan the two leaders called on Pakistan to ensure that its territory is not used to launch terrorist attacks on other countries. The Trump administration also authorised the sale of unarmed surveillance drones to India. The green light from the administration marks a further deepening in defence ties between the two countries.
Another major development during Modi’s visit was regarding the supreme commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. The US State Department designated Hizbul Mujahideen’s supreme commander Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) and imposed sanctions on him. He was designated a terrorist “under Section 1(b) of Executive Order (EO) 13224, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons who have committed, or pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of US nationals” or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.
In reaction Pakistan slammed the decision to designate Syed Salahuddin as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT), and said that President Donald Trump missed an opportunity to press New Delhi into altering policies harmful to regional peace during his meeting with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pakistan also said it was deeply concerned at the sale of advanced military technologies to India.
The increasing cooperation between US and India is indeed a matter of concern to Pakistan. The Trump administration on one hand has adopted an aggressive stance against Pakistan and on the other hand has conveniently turned a blind eye to Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir. The Indian forces have been systematically killing Kashmiri youth, in addition to unleashing a wave of terror through torture, abductions and human rights violations in the valley. Pakistan will also have to rethink its policy towards the US if the Trump administration continues to mount pressure on Pakistan. Pakistan has been continuously asked to do more by the US administration, despite unparalleled sacrifices by Pakistan’s security forces and civilians alike in the war against terror. The same ‘stance’ has also been adopted by Afghanistan who has repeatedly blamed Pakistan for terror incidents within its territory.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa had recently made it clear that it was about time for the other stake holders particularly Afghanistan to do more in the fight against terrorism. Simply putting pressure on Pakistan for the failings of others will no longer be tolerated.
Pakistan has laid immense sacrifices in the war against terror, it’s now time for others to do more.
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