Foresight into the July 22 Trump-Imran meeting: Will it ease longstanding Pak-US mistrust?
Imran Khan as a new chief executive of Pakistan is going to the US on three days long visit. The history of mistrust between the two countries is even longer than three decades. Should we be optimistic about improving ties with the superpower by the three days visit of PM Imran Khan?
Looking into the events of the past the answer is a big no still we must aim high in order to improve the ties with the United States of America. The Pakistan-US ties have largely been dependent on the latter’s interest in the former.
The US wanted Pakistan to turn to TAPI instead of pursuing the Peace pipeline for the import of energy. Pakistan joined hands with America and the US accepted the non-allied status of the country in its alleged war against terror.
After the arrival in the Oval Office, President Trump started bullying the country and gave statements that Pakistan didn’t comply with the requirements despite taking billions of dollars in aid. The next remarkable step of President Trump was to cut down the economic aid previously extended to the land of the pure.
One thing that has never seemingly changed is the US demand to do more. The country has always pushed Pakistan to do more actions against the said militant hideouts. Another addition was to blame the country for unrest in the neighboring Afganistan.
The mystery of Taliban talks has taken the form of the electricity crisis in Pakistan for which no permanent solutions seem to incurred. Taliban don’t stop attacks on the civilians in Afghanistan and want an early withdrawal of US forces. Unrest in Afghanistan is another reason for differential ties between America and Pakistan.
- The permanent solution to the Afghanistan problem must be on the agenda.
- The US must clear its policy of infiltration from the war-torn territory.
- Handpicked Taliban leaders must not be relied upon for talks, on ground factions of the organization must be tabled to ensure the equity into the peace talks.
- Pakistan must explore the transit-trade potential to its full capacity and broaden the tax-net apart from controlling the smuggling and undocumented trade to strengthen its economy.
- Economically viable Pakistan can be independent in its policy and decisions and this will enable it to turn the back to any US demands that are conflicting to the interests of the country.
- Looking at the bitter experiences of the past it must not welcome any US demand that doesn’t favor neighboring Iran.
- Instead of relying on the support from other countries for FATF Pakistan needs to deal with iron hands the problems of money-laundering, terror-financing.
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