President Trump’s straight talk on Pakistan’s terror policy is laudable
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan may have scored brownie points domestically by lashing out at US President Donald Trump’s for his statement that Islamabad does not help in the war against terror. But his carefully crafted response is not just misleading, it also indicates that Pakistan will not abandon the use of terrorism as a foreign policy tool.
Khan’s claim that Trump was berating Pakistan only to cover its own failure against Taliban in Afghanistan despite 14,000 NATO troops, 250,000 Afghan troops and over $1 trillion expenditure is obfuscatory. What Khan avoids mentioning in his response is that Pakistan continues to support and fund the Haqqani network and Taliban in Afghanistan, providing them safe havens that is key to their success in frustrating the Western effort to stabilise Afghanistan.
Second, Khan again obfuscated when he said that no Pakistani was involved in September 11 terror attacks. Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, a 9/11 mastermind who has been described as a principal architect of the terror attack, was Pakistani. But the most brazen act of deceit by Pakistani Army and ISI was hiding Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad. Pakistan decided to ally with the US in its war on terror only to save itself from the wrath of the Americans.
It is true that Pakistan has lost 75,000 people and billions of dollars to terrorism, as Khan claims. But most of it is self-inflicted, as it is an outcome of the strategic bet the Pakistani state has made by supporting terror groups aimed at Afghanistan and India for the last 40 years.
Trump’s straight talk on Pakistan’s deceitful policy on terrorism is commendable. But whether he will follow up by making Pakistan accountable for and reversing that policy is an open question.
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