Pak-US re­la­tion­ship

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION -

ABID SIKAN­DAR KHOKHAR Pak­istan has played key role in ac­com­plish­ing the Amer­i­can geopo­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests in South Asia dur­ing cold war. Be­sides, serv­ing as a ma­jor NonNATO Ally, it proved to be a van­guard in the “War on Ter­ror” to root out ter­ror­ism - a great threat to the tran­quil­lity of the world.

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity has ac­knowl­edged the loss Pak­istan has suf­fered in show­ing sol­i­dar­ity with US by toe­ing its line, which in­fu­ri­ated Tal­iban and made Pak­istan their first tar­get. Thus, the ter­ror­ist acts, i.e. sui­cide at­tacks, bomb­ing, killing and kid­nap­ping the for­eigner tourists and pro­fes­sion­als, pushed the na­tional econ­omy of Pak­istan go into crum­bling state. De­spite all, Pak­istani army is still busy in Zarb e Azab to ex­ter­mi­nate the mil­i­tant hide­outs in its ter­ri­tory. It was very shock­ing as US sud­denly re­fused the de­liv­ery of JF-16. Pak­istan doubtlessly has been a great help to Amer­ica in tri­als and tribu­la­tions. There­fore, US strate­gists ought not to for­get Pak­istan who has been its all weather friend.

More­over, US should re­frain from hav­ing large scale affin­ity with the per­ma­nent en­emy of Pak­istan through en­dors­ing In­dia’s mem­ber­ship in the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers’ Group (NSG) and in­sti­gat­ing it to de­rail China-Pak­istan Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor (CPEC), and cre- ate an un­healthy at­mos­phere in Balochis­tan to hin­der the ac­com­plish­ment of mega project; that all would lead to van­ish the peace of the re­gion.

Last but not the least, its need of the time that US should re­view its pol­icy and re­cip­ro­cate the role played by Pak­istan in fos­ter­ing its in­ter­ests in the re­gion. A sta­ble Pak­istan is in the good pro of US in­ter­ests in South Asia.

— Larkana, Sindh

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