US anti-Pakistan rhetoric amid realities of CPEC

Published: August 28, 2017
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US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

US President Donald Trump. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The forces of US President Donald Trump have been unleashed. He is the guy who is convinced that Pakistan’s establishment is chock-full of double-agents, Marxists and socialists of every colour – except for the fact that he has zero evidence.

Even if he has failed to support any conspiracy theory, his comments have always implied more validity to existing rumours. Every time you listen to Trump, it seems like the whole system is spinning out of control and Afghan people are feeling disenfranchised right now solely because of Pakistan.

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POTUS Trump is a disgruntled rock star who is upset by an adverse press attitude towards him but he himself is responsible for a scarred global image of the United States – not to mention an Afghan government systematically stripped of its ability to enforce any law and order.

He is the Kim Kardashian of the White House who wants to break the internet but instead has been injecting cynicism into the media by making our body politic think that everything is not nice in Pakistan’s garden of foreign affairs.

This is a politics of self-projection and the man now sees himself as a saviour of a lost Afghan war and as a knight who alone understands the complicated dynamics of US-Pakistan relationship. What he fails to comprehend is that Pakistan’s foreign policy is now more tilted towards ‘geo-economics’ than conventional ‘geo-politics’ – thanks to Chinese billion dollar investments.

Geo-economics is now the currency of the 21st century and this is where the United States’ future truly hangs in the balance. Its military is dangerously overstretched and it is no longer considered as a world economic leader due to its anti-free trade and anti-globalisation policies.

The US perceives the One Belt-One Road (OBOR) initiative to be a direct manifestation of Beijing’s foreign policy to assert regional leadership and the fact that Pakistan has chosen to become an archetype for its OBOR model has alarmed Washington about these new geopolitical realities.

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Though India built the “Route 606” to bypass Pakistan for commercial trade – with a project to connect it with Afghanistan in the pipeline; the fact remains that India’s greater plans to conceptualise the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) have not succeeded.

So when it comes to the Afghan policy, Trump’s vision is pinched as he is encouraging Indians’ worst impulses on CPEC-related issues and has no strategy when it comes to Afghanistan’s dangerous unravelling that may get out of control.

On the other hand, while 9/11 has given Pakistan a bad image, our own political parties have done a good job of tarnishing themselves. Some noisy sections of government and opposition machinery have openly supported radical elements.

Given this kind of situation, it is hard to imagine a serious conversation as long as our politicians as well as reps of white-house choose to misrepresent facts. The hear-nothing crowd didn’t budge when CIA drone attacks destroyed field hospitals in FATA and when TTP was slaughtering our security forces in the name of revenge.

The problem is not that people don’t know facts – it is that they are fed with a twisted version of reality 24/7 in order to achieve special political agendas.

The US is mad that Pakistan’s foreign relations are improving with many countries despite a propaganda war launched by India and Afghanistan. Trump is irked that CPEC is becoming a hallmark project of our nation and that our economy is finally improving.

It is worried that it is quickly losing relevance in the region. There is something daft about the way Trump constantly drops hints that our establishment has been double-dealing with terrorists.

Trump is a dark horse that insists on some ill-defined ‘victory’ in Afghan war. There is an adage for hard-core Trump supporters who want to make a case out of his anti-Pakistan speeches:  “Don’t clap so hard: you will bring your house down!”

The writer is a Cambridge graduate and is working as a strategy consultant. He tweets at @faranmah

Published in The Express Tribune, August 28th, 2017.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • Saeed Masood
    Aug 28, 2017 - 9:47AM

    For sure no one in the whole world is able to digest CPEC including America.Recommend

  • Komal S
    Aug 28, 2017 - 9:55AM

    Summary is USA is jealous that Pakistan is improving its economy and is doing everything to bring it down. With that kind of logic, i assume Pakistan will have lots of friends. Say no to aid, ignore the world, focus on cpec. Let us talk after 10 years.Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 28, 2017 - 10:30AM

    8 of the top ten billionaires are US citizens, and any one of them could buy out the entire CPEC with some billions left to spare.
    That is the reality of CPEC.Recommend

  • mahakaalchakra
    Aug 28, 2017 - 10:35AM

    Pakistan: A country known for violent birth, violent past, and violent present.

    What are the chances of its future being other than violent if no one changes its course?Recommend

  • Raj
    Aug 28, 2017 - 10:50AM

    Self patting, Chest beating, false nationalism, perceived victory, blaming the US, India and Afgahnistan for its problems, support and export terrorists, false portrayal of so called benefits of OBOR or CPEC etc. etc. etc. have been the hall mark of paksitan and the above article is no exception to this general theory. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 28, 2017 - 11:42AM

    For Pakistanis their world revolves around CPEC, the rest of the world doesn’t careRecommend

  • Qazi Rashid Manzoor
    Aug 28, 2017 - 11:42AM

    @Raj:
    Keep dreaming. With the likes of Tea Boy at the helm of Indian affairs nothing good is going to happen Recommend

  • logical
    Aug 28, 2017 - 12:05PM

    @PrakashG:
    How would that be a bad thing? If one of those billionaires can do same in India.Recommend

  • Mihir
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:37PM

    @Qazi Rashid Manzoor: Its the fairness of democracy that a ” Tea Boy ” can become a PM. Its better to be that, than your PM who takes dictations from army head and gets disqualified for corruption ! What was the chants your PM got in USA, ? Go nawaz go …hahaha what a PM Recommend

  • Ashraf P
    Aug 28, 2017 - 2:56PM

    Looks like entire Pakistan is depending on CPEC to solve their economic woes. Sri Lankans also thought that Hambantota Port will transform Sri Lanka. All they got was a multi-billion dollar loan on their heads and a port that nobody uses.Recommend

  • Zubair
    Aug 28, 2017 - 3:23PM

    @Raj:
    We can thump chest if USA with all its military arsenal THINK that our sponsored 5 Thousand Taliban are not letting them establish peace in Afghanistan despite 200 Thousand of USA and NATO Army and best arsenal in the world. Remember that our army neutralized Indian, Afghan and USA sponsored TTP on out side already to almost cleansed.

    @mahakaalchakra:
    In rescue of rapist Guru, convicted by court, you killed over 13 people and injured others and still believe you are sane by international human standards? Further, the butcher of Gujrat elected as Prime Minister shows Indian mentality of peace.

    @Tyggar
    Your government has declared CPEC as threat to India. Whole world might not care but India does…Heheheheh Recommend

  • Pakistani bloach
    Aug 28, 2017 - 3:58PM

    Use word cpec and see indians experts queing to tell us how bad cpec for us is.these indians dont even have toilets. they barely manage two meals a day. Their soldiers commit suicides cos of hunger and their women are raped by their own family memebrs but these arnt their worries. their worry is how bad cpec is for pakistan. their sorry lives rebolve around pakistan.we pitty them and laugh at them.Recommend

  • ABC
    Aug 28, 2017 - 7:06PM

    Haha. I am so enjoying comments of Indians. Their jealousy provide me entertainment. Keep doing that. Pakistan has made you unrelated in the region and the worldRecommend

  • peanut
    Aug 28, 2017 - 8:22PM

    What does CPEC have to do with Pakistani policy of providing sanctuary to terrorist – something the USA has been complaining about long before CPEC was around?Recommend

  • Pasha Khan
    Aug 29, 2017 - 6:23AM

    People dont get that this article is a piece of satire on Trump’s style of diplomacy
    Great job !!Recommend

  • Fariha
    Aug 29, 2017 - 11:11AM

    CPEC is a reality so its better for Americans to accept it. Supporting terrorism and radical elements has been a vital part of US foreign policy towards Pakistan but now scenario has changed. Thanks to our Ally China for CPEC. Pakistan will emerge as an economic power in no time. In Sha ALLAH Recommend

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