Emerging Cordiality in PAK-US Relations
Dialogue is an absolute solution against war!
Hassaan Bin Zubair
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s visit to Unites States has earned international acclaim. US President Donald Trump’s warm reception of Khan and his delegation that included the country’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and the head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Lt Gen Faiz Hameed, was highly appreciated in Pakistan. Offering reassurance that Pakistan would help US conclude a peace agreement with the Taliban that would effect US troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, PM Khan tried to rebuild Pakistan’s image in Washington that has been tarnished due to US suspicions against Pakistan. While there was no announcement that the United States would restore hundreds of millions of dollars in security assistance cut off last year. According to a senior analyst, the presence of the army chief, and ISI head alongside Khan was a strong signal that US mistrust of Pakistan’s security establishment had eased. By contrast, the US president managed to annoy India, with an unexpected offer to mediate in the decades-long dispute over Kashmir. In an exchange with the press, Trump said he would be willing to mediate the India-Pakistan dispute over Kashmir. It was a remark that surely didn’t go down well with America’s key partner India, which wants no external mediation whatsoever.
The United States has, for years, been doubtful about Pakistan’s commitment to the US-led war on terrorism, largely because of suspicion that Pakistan sees some militants, including the Afghan Taliban, as useful tools in its rivalry against India. Trump has also been suspicious of Pakistan. However, the need to reach a settlement with the Taliban to end more than 18-year-long military involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s assurances that it would use its influence with the Taliban helped change the mood.
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