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Practical US pressure on Pakistan may work: Experts

Practical US pressure on Pakistan may work: Experts

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Jan 02, 2018 - 17:30

KABUL (Pajhwok): Some Kabul-based political experts believe if the United States practically pressurizes Pakistan, the neighboring country would quit supporting terrorist groups.

One of them, Abdul Shakour Salangi, said US President Donald Trump’s new year’s tweet showed Washington was frustrated with Islamabad’s behavior.

“In the past the US had never criticized Pakistan in such a manner, if it did so, Islamabad never listened, but recently the change in US policy towards Pakistan is visible.”

He criticized the US Congress role in this regard, saying all aid money to Pakistan had been approved by the Congress and if the president and the congress had the same stance on Pakistan, it would have been effective.

Giving India greater stake in Afghanistan by the US was one of the practical examples of pressurising Pakistan, he said, adding the US should isolate Pakistan, impose sanctions, cut ties and encourage other countries to follow suit.

When asked as to what extent Trump’s tweet can impact the situation in Afghanistan, Salangi said in the short term terrorist groups would accelerate their attacks but in the log-term Pakistan would be forced to change its behavior which would help rehabilitate the situation in Afghanistan.

Another expert Ahmad Saeedi said if the US introduced Pakistan as a terrorist sponsoring state to the international community, it would have a positive impact on the  Afghan peace process.

Saeedi added the US still viewed Pakistan as a responsible regional state. Despite all the pain, for the US, Pakistan had been an important country in the region, he said.

He hoped Trump’s warning would be implemented and become a reality. He feared Pakistan, a nuclear power, might go towards disintegration, if the US all of a sudden cut its political, diplomatic and social ties with Pakistan. He warned in such a situation terrorist groups would become more powerful in an instable Pakistan.

He said the US should not totally cut ties with Pakistan because Islamabad would then strengthen ties with Russia, China and Iran, which would have more dangerous consequences.

In his new year tweet, US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving safe haven to terrorists the US hunts in Afghanistan.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” Trump said in a tweet Monday morning.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump said in his first tweet of the year.

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