Pakistan Feels The Heat Under Trump's New War Strategy

Pakistan Feels The Heat Under Trump's New War Strategy

The United States also has no choice but to use Pakistani roads to resupply its troops in landlocked Afghanistan.

In his policy address on Afghanistan and South Asia, Trump had said the pillar of his new strategy was a change in America's approach to Pakistan, considered a long-time ally of Washington. USA officials fret that if Pakistan becomes an active foe, it could further destabilize Afghanistan and endanger US soldiers.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson telephoned Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and both the leaders exchanged views on USA new strategy about South Asia.

Trump's remarks on Monday, in which he lashed out at Pakistan, an ostensible USA ally, blaming it for violence in Afghanistan, and demanding that Islamabad stop giving sanctuary to "agents of chaos, violence and terror", have shocked Pakistan.

Yang during a phone call with Tillerson yesterday defended Pakistan's role in Afghanistan.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", Trump said. Crucially, he also demanded Pakistan cease its support of Afghanistan's insurgents, calling out Islamabad's meddling more publicly than previous administrations were willing to do.

However, U.S. officials and analysts have long accused Pakistan of playing a double-game with Islamic extremists - supporting those that threaten its rivals in India and Afghanistan while cracking down on those who target its own citizens.

The committee reiterated Pakistan's commitment that it will not allow its soil to be used for violence against any other country.

Such a veiled and meek reference to the issues that divide the two neighbours cannot persuade India to resume talks with Pakistan nor can it convince New Delhi to do some soul-searching, as Mr Tillerson suggested.

Tillerson said that the Trump administration was considering many options on Pakistan including a complete termination of financial aid to Pakistan as a non-NATO ally.

The meeting pledged to continue helping global community to ensure peace in Afghanistan. Last year, the Pentagon decided not to pay $300 million in pledged military funding, and Congress effectively blocked a subsidized sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan. Relations between Pakistan and the United States have endured strain during the 16-year war in Afghanistan, especially after Osama bin Laden was killed by USA special forces inside Pakistan in 2011.



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