In his first Tweet of 2018, President Donald Trump highlighted the persistent Pakistani duplicity in regard to the warfare in Afghanistan:
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Pakistan is rife with uncertainty and hypothesis on steps the USA might probably take within the wake of President Donald Trump’s New Yr’s Day tweet about slashing the nation’s assist for treating U.S. leaders “as fools” and giving protected haven to the terrorists battling American forces in Afghanistan….
The U.S. authorities says it’s suspending safety help to the Pakistani army till it takes “decisive action” towards the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani community which might be working in neighboring Afghanistan. State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert stated particulars have been nonetheless being labored out and that she was unable to say the worth of the help being suspended.
“Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani group — we consider them to be a destabilizing the region and targeting US personnel — the United States will suspend that type of security assistance to Pakistan,” she advised a information briefing, in line with a RFE report.
Islamabad denounced the feedback as “completely incomprehensible” and has reiterated its resolve to work along with Washington to battle terrorism and stabilize Afghanistan. Pakistani leaders insist the USA is scapegoating their nation for its Afghan “failures,” VOA’s Ayaz Gul reported at the moment.
“Pakistan has also facilitated the U.S and worked together with it to decimate al-Qaida. If you do not hear about al-Qaida today it is because we worked together to a successful end. Pakistan has been providing lines of communications to the U.S. for a long time. It is a partnership to us and it should be measured not in terms of money and monetary value but in terms of the results that we have achieved together,” stated Chaudhry, VOA quoted Pakistani ambassador to Washington, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudh added in response to VOA.
Pakistani civilian and army leaders have additionally stated Trump’s figures of giving greater than $33 billion to Islamabad since 2002 to assist battle terrorism are incorrect. Officials say that nearly $14 billon of the quantity in query was half of the Coalition Help Fund (CSF), which was reimbursement for the cash Pakistan was spending on safety operations in help of coalition efforts in Afghanistan. The Pakistan authorities says the whole quantity billed beneath CSF has been about $22 billion and Washington nonetheless owes Islamabad $eight billion. Pakistan additionally maintains it has misplaced round 70,000 lives, principally civilians in terrorist assaults it has confronted since becoming a member of the U.S. counter terrorism coalition and the nationwide financial system has additionally suffered losses of over $120 billion.
UPDATE: Why Trump is true about Pakistan
by LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD
Throughout an interview with Fox Information, President Trump said that Pakistan has achieved little to curtail Islamic extremism — even sheltering al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden — regardless of accepting billions in help from america.
The president implied what many have come to consider: that Pakistan is chargeable for prolonging the Afghan warfare, has nurtured Islamic extremism and, like Iran, has included it as a component of its overseas coverage.
It’s widely known that Pakistan created, supported and has given protected haven to the Taliban. Much less well-known is the position performed by Pakistanis within the improvement and planning of the 9/11 assault.
Though the perpetrators have been Saudis, the planners have been Pakistani and never initially members of al Qaeda, however the Muslim Brotherhood. It was largely a household affair.
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), son of a Deobandi cleric and also known as the “architect” of the 9/11 assaults is Pakistani and was born in Balochistan.
Though he was born in Kuwait, Ramzi Yousef is Pakistani. His father was from Balochistan and his mom is KSM’s sister.
Al-Baluchi’s former spouse, Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani militant, was convicted of capturing at US troopers and is incarcerated within the U.S.
Afghan military chief of employees, Basic Mohammad Sharif Yaftali, stated Pakistan’s Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI) company was behind the five-day siege of Ghazni. He additionally stated many members of Lashkar-e-Taiba have been amongst these killed in Ghazni province.
The warfare in Afghanistan is just not an insurgency, it’s a proxy warfare being orchestrated by Pakistan.
The simplest leverage towards Pakistan, nevertheless, is just not monetary however existential. That’s, ethnic separatism: erasing the Durand Line and supporting the Pashtun Tahafuz Motion (PTM) and Balochistan independence teams.
That, Mr. President, is one thing Pakistan will acknowledge, a style of its personal drugs, so to talk.
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Whereas publicly supporting U.S. efforts to stabilize Afghanistan, Pakistan secretly offers protected haven and de facto sponsors a Taliban instructional, coaching and monetary infrastructure to maintain a proxy conflict towards Afghanistan in an effort to protect it as a shopper state.
Working example from info offered by on-the-ground sources in Pakistan.
Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal operates a spiritual faculty (Madrasa Qazi Abad) and mosque in Nushki District, Balochistan province, Pakistan. Initially from the village of Zaro Chah close to the border with Afghanistan, he has two wives and his son, Abdul Latif Mengal, is a scholar at Bolan Medical School in Quetta.
Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is claimed to be affiliated with the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Nazryati political social gathering and a staunch supporter of the Taliban. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) social gathering has its origins within the fundamentalist Deobandi ideology and the JUI offshoots have opposed Pakistan’s logistical help of the U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal reportedly lived in Afghanistan when the Taliban have been in energy.
Whether or not Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is conscious or not, the sources declare that the Madrasa Qazi Abad is a well known transit level and resting place for Taliban fighters going to and coming back from Afghanistan.
It’s also stated to be situated close to a Pakistani Inter-Providers Intelligence (ISI) workplace/protected home with whom Abdul Basit Ahmedzai Mengal is reported to have shut relations.
This alleged Taliban transit level and relaxation cease in Pakistan is a few forty-minute drive on public roads from the Afghanistan border. Regardless of quite a few Pakistani army check-points alongside this route, native observers have famous no restrictions for personnel touring to and from Madrasa Qazi Abad.
The Taliban are stated to cross the border into the Kandahar province, Afghanistan from an space referred to as Gaz Nali after which transfer to short-term camps within the area generally known as Ghori or Goori. The Afghanistan space for the motion of Taliban fighters again into Pakistan’s Nushki district is most frequently Shorawak.
Such on-the-ground stories of official Pakistani help of or acquiescence to the Taliban presence are troublesome to confirm as a result of entry to frame areas is very restricted. However, there are dozens of different such examples demonstrating a everlasting infrastructure in Pakistan that sustains the Taliban and acts as staging grounds for assaults in Afghanistan. The technique Pakistan employs is all the time to do exactly sufficient to stop the U.S. and NATO from succeeding in Afghanistan, that’s, perpetual stalemate.
Chinese language and Pakistani marines pose for a gaggle photograph throughout knowledgeable trade exercise in Shanghai, on Dec. 1, 2017. (mod.gov.cn)
That shouldn’t be shocking as a result of Pakistan sees China as its most essential ally, not the U.S. And Chinese language regional ambitions can’t be achieved if the U.S. maintains affect or a presence in Afghanistan.
The ISI chief, Lieutenant Common Naveed Mukhtar, for instance, wrote in his U.S Military Conflict School thesis entitled “Afghanistan — Alternative futures and their implications,” that there are 4 attainable situations for the longer term of Afghanistan, all of which contain U.S. and NATO withdrawal. He states that Afghanistan’s true stakeholders are its six instant neighbors China, Iran, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. The longer term U.S. position in Afghanistan, based on Mukhtar, is relegated to diplomacy, the place “America would have to make aggressive diplomatic efforts to dissuade provocative action or intervention by regional players,” which means, primarily, stopping Indian affect in Afghanistan.
President Trump is right to query our funding in Pakistan’s intentions, in addition to an Afghanistan technique dependent upon them.
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