TRUMP SCOLDS PAKISTAN
American President Donald Trump scolded Pakistan most undiplomatically, as if the latter was a domestic servant of the US. He said his country has “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars over the past 15 years and has got nothing in return but lies and deceit. They give safe haven to terrorists we have been hunting in Afghanistan”.
The History of US-Pak relations are not as simple as Trump now says. Pakistan has been the US military base in the South West in the long years of US-Soviet Cold war.
As for terrorism, Pakistan has been compelled to be a host to Islamic extremism that is the mother of terrorism. Being an Islamic country, Pakistan could not refuse to the Islamic fighters in Afghanistan such as Taliban and other terror groups, though Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism. Of course Pakistan gave facilities to the terrorists fleeing from Afghanistan to cross over India and kill Indians. But the Indian army made it difficult for infiltration. And once terrorists, they have to kill if not Hindus, Muslims of other sects than theirs. Thus Shiyas, Ahmadiyas and along with many other Pakistanis become the victims of Sunni extremist terrorism. In fact, more Pakistanis have died at the hands of terrorists than Indians.
Pakistan government, when it has been a civil, seemingly democratic government, was always under pressure from various forces the US that funded it, Pak army, the Islamic extremists that threatened it and the terrorists who can’t live without killing and spread destruction. All had to be appeased.
Cornered by President Trump’s fulminations and if his threats were turned to actions, Pakistan could only lean towards China for support. However, the Chinese are not “foolish” as Trump realised US has been. China does not believe in giving doles to get another country to come to its camp. It has foremost its self-interest. China doesn’t give donations, but loans. Already China has built a road from its territory to the Arabian Sea across the Himalayan valley and built a harbour Gwadar in Pakistan for easy transportation of goods.
If US block its aid to Pakistan, it will only affect its export of sophisticated weapons such as big guns and war planes to Pakistan to be used against India in a future war. But for the ongoing skirmishes against India, for sporadic border firings and launching terror attacks, Pakistan required only rifles, grenades and or small arms it is capable of manufacturing.
Therefore, India need not be too exuberant at Trump’s rebuke of Pakistan. Pakistan could live without US aid trusting on Chinese support in times of need.