22 Aug 2017/Tuesday
In past, the US administration has been giving signals that they will adopt more strict approach towards Pakistan and could cut any kind of financial assistance to Pakistan. In a nationally televised prime-time speech to troops, Mr. Trump said “My original instinct was to pull out, and historically I like following my instincts,” Mr. Trump said. “But all my life, I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office — in other words, when you’re president of the United States. So I studied Afghanistan in great detail and from every conceivable angle.”
There would be no “blank check” for the American presence in Afghanistan.
This is only a reconfirmation of what was coming out from US Administration earlier. Like his predecessors, Mr.Trump embraced deepened American involvement to the military mission in Afghanistan.
The declaration by President Trump has not come as any surprise to Pakistan, who had long anticipated this and was cleverly putting a strategy in place. Pak has tried to play a victim card No of times in past, but has failed to impress Americans.
A senior Pakistani analyst Dr Zafar Nawaz says that Pakistan only wants US to accept the sacrifices it has rendered in war against terrorism rather than raising the issue of financial assistance, which is very minor.
“An impression has been given that the US is giving too much aid to Pakistan and this amount can be used to blackmail the country,” the analyst noted.
With these kind of conflicting views prevailing with two onetime allies, there is no scope of improving ties, which have continued to deteriorate. This has clearly put Pakistan on back foot.
In that case Pakistan is likely to seek even deeper and enhanced cooperation with China and Russia to counter the US strategy.