India in Afghanistan poses 'no direct threat' to Pak

  • India in Afghanistan poses 'no direct threat' to Pak

India in Afghanistan poses 'no direct threat' to Pak

"We expect the same from our neighbours", it said.

Besides its commitment to the US' longest war, President Trump also said that another "fundamental pillar of the renewed strategy is the integration of all instruments of American power: "diplomatic, economic and military toward a successful outcome".

The Pakistani ambassador said Wednesday that his government has reversed the tide of terrorism in Pakistan but it is aware that Pakistan's gains against terrorists and its economic progress will remain in jeopardy so long as Afghanistan is unstable.

The News International reported that Islamabad was unhappy with the U.S. for its support to "its arch-rival India's role in Afghanistan".

This is a very complex issue and is unrealistic for the United States to detach itself from the issues facing the Afghan leadership and institutions alike. The U.S. must more clearly articulate what constitutes a "win", and work closely with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and regional allies, the Afghan government, and - most importantly - the Afghan people to ensure its definition aligns with their own. They were armed by the United States and its allies and Pakistan became a key facilitator of supplying arms and ammunitions to the insurgents.

"We, therefore, believe a comprehensive political process must be pursued in earnest to secure lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan", he said.

"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 had said in his speech on Monday. What is different about this latest tactic is the threat of financial consequences if Pakistan doesn't stop harboring terrorists and do more to help win the war. "Pakistan stands ready to work with Afghanistan and the U.S. to that end". He likens Afghanistan and Pakistan to a "petri dish" in which unsafe terrorist groups have thrived. The Taliban leaders, however, remained mostly wary of Arab fighters and their plans. Safe havens against Pakistan have been formed on the Afghan soil. Pakistan angrily reacted to Trump's speech expressing disappointment over lack of acknowledgement by the president of Pakistan's sacrifices in war against terror. And this time it is not asking Pakistan to "do more" like in the past. A directive to contain the "safe havens" would, however, mean further crackdown towards the western frontier.

Giving a policy statement on Trump tirade in the Senate, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif refused any involvement of Pakistan in destabilising Afghanistan, adding, "Islamabad supported Washington and Kabul for establishing peace in Afghanistan through dialogue [with the Taliban]". Those were heady, optimistic days when Nicholson would take visitors to a provincial "loya jirga" tribal council, where the turbaned leaders professed support for the U.S. mission; when USA development teams were building roads and schools, confident that stability would follow economic development.

Threats to withdraw USA military aid entirely aren't going to have much impact, since the US needs Pakistan for its broader efforts in South Asia, Rizvi said. This, however, throws an opportunity for Pakistan to deal with its internal problems and redefine itself policies while it moves closer to its "all weather friend" China and to Russian Federation as well. Other regional players with strong interest in Pakistan, such as China, should join this effort, he added.

The best argument for Trump's Afghanistan policy is that it avoids losing, and at relatively low cost.

Pakistan said claims of billions of dollars in aid to Islamabad by the US were misleading as they were actually partial reimbursements for part of the cost of ground facilities and use of air corridors by the Washington for its operations in Afghanistan, rather than financial aid or assistance. Now, Trump has taken it one step further, with a public pivot to India in his address.

Stephen Tankel, an American expert, said that the American state has two vital security interests in Pakistan - ensuring militants in the region do not attack the U.S. homeland and keeping militants from getting their hands on nuclear material. The letter goes on and accuses the US-led coalition in Afghanistan's destruction and that it's their fault that the country is now one of the worst countries in the world in terms of economy, governance and security.

Both India and Pakistan have been increasingly competing to increase their influence in Afghanistan to aid their own rivalry.

But it is also true that India could do more.

The call between the US and Chinese diplomats came after new tensions arose between the two powers on Wednesday as Washington slapped sanctions on Chinese companies accused of links with North Korea, angering Beijing.