Pakistan decides to review ties with Washington

Published: January 2, 2018
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Only response to any ‘do more’ demands will be ‘no more’. PHOTO: FILE

Only response to any ‘do more’ demands will be ‘no more’. PHOTO: FILE

Only response to any ‘do more’ demands will be ‘no more’. PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: Pakistan has decided to review its relations with the United States and adopt a tough stance, in the wake of President Donald Trump’s recent statement, it is learnt.

Pakistan will highlight its sacrifices in the war against terrorism at the diplomatic front; and if the US reduces or suspends aid to Pakistan or places any sanctions, the country will completely revise its relations policy with the superpower, according to sources.

Pakistan, said the sources, would not accept any demands to do more, and could stop all kinds of cooperation with the US. The only response to any ‘do more’ demands will be ‘no more’. The future policy with the US would be limited to ‘cooperation for cooperation’ and relations based on equality. “This policy will be adopted gradually,” they added.

It is learnt that the foreign minister and other officials will contact friendly countries, including China, to take them into confidence. The high-ups are reviewing the recent statement by President Trump and the future relations with the US “which are turning from strained to tense”.

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It is decided that Pakistan will make its decisions keeping in view its national security, and the US defence secretary had been told during his visit to Islamabad that Pakistan would not accept any dictation from the US against its national security.

He was also told that Pakistan was playing a role of frontline state in the war against terror. “There any no safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, nor is Pakistan supporting any terrorist group directly or indirectly; and if US has any proof, it should hand it over to Pakistan.”

The sources based in Islamabad said that the US had failed to provide any proof and was blaming Pakistan just to cover up its failures in Afghanistan. “The Trump administration is pressuring Pakistan, but Pakistan will not accept any pressure and face the situation.”

Delicate Pakistan-US relations

Pakistan, according to the sources, has also decided to reduce dependency on the US in different fields and look for alternatives. It will also speed up the process of implementing its strategy for increasing diplomatic, trade and other relations with China, Russia and other countries.

The sources said that the Trump administration was under pressure after the resolution in the United Nations General Assembly.

Pakistan had supported the resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Since then, the Trump administration has intensified pressure on Pakistan and is busy in levelling allegations which are meeting failure at the diplomatic level as well. Not a single important country is supporting the US stance. The US fears that if it moves any resolution against Pakistan in the UNGA, China or Russia may veto it.

According to the sources, since the US understands the importance of Pakistan; the Trump administration will think several times before taking any action against Pakistan. “Any anti-Pakistan step may deprive the superpower of valuable cooperation.”

They said that the federal government had also decided to take parliament into confidence on the current situation of the Pak-US relations, and the federal government would devise its future strategy on relations with the US in consultation with the military leadership.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry
    Jan 2, 2018 - 12:05PM

    Modi and Ghani must be smiling.Recommend

  • Maaz
    Jan 2, 2018 - 12:08PM

    America isn’t a superpower. For muslims the only sole superpower is Allah (SWT).Recommend

  • Sleepless
    Jan 2, 2018 - 2:13PM

    FYI, no country can veto any resolution moved in UNGA (UN General Assembly). Only in the UNSC (Security Council) can a permanent member veto a resolution.Recommend

  • Basha. U.
    Jan 2, 2018 - 3:00PM

    Pakistan must show restraint and patience in dealing with US instead of going at loggerheads on the issue. It will create immense problems for Pakistan especially with the Economy as US being the largest trading partner (not China, from China only imports happen not exports. Ref: look in the Wiki for “Foreign trade of Pakistan”). The CPEC could see the hard time if USA refuses any kind of support through banks and aid. Forget CPEC, the entire economy will collapse. If Pakistan shows aggressiveness then USA might even impose Sanctions which would lead to serious and unimaginable consequences. The new year (2018) just started, a real hard time is ahead for Pakistan. Act sanely with serenity.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Jan 2, 2018 - 3:39PM

    Pakistan while reviewing ties with the US must also seriously review all its policies to examine why it has made foes of not just neighbors but also many a friend. It never happens that whole world is wrong and I am right.Recommend

  • candy
    Jan 2, 2018 - 3:49PM

    Be prepared for trade embargoes and no fly zones in Waziristan’s – when in doubt ask Saddam what happens when you turn USA from ally to enemy. Recommend

  • sani
    Jan 2, 2018 - 3:55PM

    @ basha U. I guess this was the approach of US in 2002, like matching, we were bound to believe that without US we are nothing hence give everything you have including bases, men, army, land and all those bla bla..Recommend

  • scotchpak
    Jan 2, 2018 - 4:01PM

    Pakistan has done such a miserable job of highlighting our sacrifices that we should really look for other means to convince “:them” For starters we can convince them” Israel is better than us with deceit and fraudRecommend

  • cuban
    Jan 2, 2018 - 4:09PM

    “Any anti-Pakistan step may deprive the superpower of valuable cooperation.”

    That card has been played – so has “pay me”. USA certainly gave plenty of warning that this was coming – unfortunately Pakistan has yet to develop a policy to deal with the situation. Recommend

  • Saffron Jihadi
    Jan 2, 2018 - 4:16PM

    @Basha. U.:
    Pakistan’s imminent bailout from IMF will be sabotaged. Let’s us see how magnanimous China is in filling US’s shoes as the market for Pakistani goods. Recommend

  • Saffron Jihadi
    Jan 2, 2018 - 4:17PM

    @Fareed Ashraf Chaudhry:
    RSS smiling with their allies, the TTP & ISISRecommend

  • BrainBro
    Jan 2, 2018 - 4:17PM

    The civilian politicians must be so joyous. This is the first time they might have a hope of developing some control over the country’s operational matters, as the U.S. decides to slowly withdraw its support of the Pakistani establishment.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Jan 2, 2018 - 6:08PM

    @cuban:
    The problem is Pakistan cooperates with both sides. Pretends to help US while giving sanctuary to its enemiesRecommend

  • M.S.
    Jan 2, 2018 - 6:34PM

    @Maaz: You are right but then we should also believe that Allah has appointed America as His second in command..Recommend

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