The US: An evil in­car­nate

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - Ma­lik M Ashraf Email: ashrafazim2000@ya­ — The writer is free­lance colum­nist based in Is­lam­abad.

THOUGH the de­ci­sion of be com­ing a US ally against an other su­per power the USSR, dur­ing the cold war, for which we have paid a very heavy price, was ter­ri­bly wrong but the suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments, have been re­fus­ing to ad­mit the in­ter­minable folly. Nev­er­the­less in the back­drop of killing of Mullah Man­soor on Pak­istani soil by the US drones and the con­nected de­vel­op­ments, Sar­taj Aziz advisor to the Prime Min­is­ter on for­eign af­fairs, for the first had per­force to ad­mit that US was a self­ish friend which in­vari­ably cur­ried favour with Pak­istan when its self-in­ter­est pressed it and left it in lurch af­ter hav­ing its in­ter­ests served.

I sup­pose in his ad­mis­sion of the fragility of the re­la­tion­ship and it serv­ing only the US in­ter­ests, the advisor has been very mod­er­ate in defin­ing the na­ture of the ties be­tween the two coun­tries. The true char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of Pak-US re­la­tions is that the US has used Pak­istan as a pawn on the chess board of its global and re­gional poli­cies and self-de­fined strate­gic in­ter­ests, putting its se­cu­rity at peril and un­der­min­ing its strate­gic in­ter­ests; quintessen­tial of an in­ex­cus­able be­trayal. In my col­umns on Pak-US re­la­tions I have in­vari­ably con­tended that our re­la­tion­ship with our so-called ally has al­ways been of tac­ti­cal na­ture con­trary to its de­scrip­tion as strate­gic part­ner­ship which our suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments have been try­ing to sell to the un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple of Pak­istan. This is not for the first time that our ter­ri­to­rial sovereignty has been vi­o­lated by the US. Be­gin­ning from 2005 till to date it has car­ried out 324 at­tacks in FATA and one in Nushki in Balochis­tan that killed Mullah Man­soor, the Afghan Tal­iban leader. US in­dis­cre­tion to at­tack the res­i­dence of Usama Bin Laden at Ab­bot­tabad and the Salala in­ci­dent have left an in­deli­ble scars on the mem­o­ries of the peo­ple, who are in­can­des­cent with fury and rage over the US ac­tions.

In the back­drop of the Mullah Man­soor episode, the re­la­tions be­tween the two coun­tries have surely plum­meted to the low­est ebb and the US sent two of its emis­saries to dis­cuss the sit­u­a­tion. Pak­istani lead­er­ship both civil and mil­i­tary did have a straight talk with the guests and firmly told them that the in­ci­dent had vi­o­lated Pak­istan’s sovereignty and de­railed the peace process. Ev­i­dence of in­ter­fer­ence in Pak­istan by var­i­ous re­gional in­tel­li­gence agen­cies in­clud­ing RAW was shared. Pak­istan also de­manded tight­en­ing of the bor­der, repa­tri­a­tion of Afghan refugees and ac­tion against Fa­zlul­lah the TTP leader dwelling on the Afghan soil. A point for US dou­ble stan­dards was firmly made. The US side as usual com­plained about in­ad­e­quate ac­tion against the Tal­iban and the pres­ence of Haqanni net­work on the Pak­istani soil. The dilemma is that we can­not risk a mil­i­tary re­sponse to such in­dis­cre­tions. How­ever the most re­gret­table thing was that we have re­mained crim­i­nally obliv­i­ous to the de­vel­op­ments hap­pen­ing in the re­gion, cour­tesy the US and have failed to re­cal­i­brate our for­eign pol­icy in the light of the emerg­ing re­al­i­ties. Mere con­dem­na­tions and protests at the diplo­matic level are not the right an­swers to the dan­gers lurk­ing on the hori­zon.

I am not a clair­voy­ant but con­sid­er­ing the omi­nous de­vel­op­ment around us, my prog­no­sis about the fu­ture of our re­gion is that US con­trary to its claims of leav­ing Afghanistan is go­ing to stay there for­ever to fo­ment in­sta­bil­ity in that coun­try as well as Pak­istan. En­cour­ag­ing greater In­dian role in Afghanistan is surely de­signed to achieve that ob­jec­tive. There are vis­i­ble moves to iso­late Pak­istan in the re­gion. US and In­dia have forged a clan­des­tine al­liance to sab­o­tage CPEC as in­sta­bil­ity in the re­gion could help US in scut­tling Chi­nese plans to rein­vent the silk route and to im­ple­ment CPEC. A weaker and in­sta­ble Pak­istan also suits In­dia in re­gards to its de­sire to es­tab­lish its hege­mony in the re­gion. Th­ese de­vel­op­ments surely mark the be­gin­ning of yet an­other great game in our re­gion. The USA is an evil in­car­nate. The char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of USA as the big­gest ‘Shai­tan’ by Ira­ni­ans was un­doubt­edly an apt de­scrip­tion of what the USA is. It is con­nected with al­most all the con­flicts around the globe af­ter the world war-II that con­sumed mil­lions of hu­man lives.

It was the first coun­try to develop and use a nu­clear de­vice in Ja­pan and the tragedy is that it is not pre­pared to even re­cant. Pres­i­dent Obama vis­ited Hiroshema but never ten­dered an apol­ogy. The de­struc­tion of Iraq on false and con­cocted claims, desta­bi­liza­tion of Libya, con­flict in Syria and tor­pe­do­ing the Arab spring in Egypt are the most re­cent evil acts of US sup­ported by its western al­lies to re­fash­ion the world to ad­vance their global strate­gic in­ter­ests, di­vorced from hu­man val­ues. Fo­ment­ing con­flicts in dif­fer­ent parts of the world and sell­ing arms to the con­flict­ing par­ties clan­des­tinely to keep the jobs in their de­fence in­dus­tries, is most sor­did as­pect of global in­ter­ests of US and its western cronies.

Com­plete rup­ture of ties with US is nei­ther ad­vis­able nor Pak­istan can af­ford it but the ar­chi­tects of our for­eign pol­icy have to se­ri­ously brood over the fore­go­ing de­vel­op­ments and re­cal­i­brate our re­sponses purely from the per­spec­tive of our own na­tional in­ter­ests rather than blindly fol­low­ing the US bid­ding.

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