Thursday, April 25, 2019 09:30 AM

Trump's threats to Pak: Should India Believe ? See his Flip-Flops in the last few months

President Donald Trump began the New Year with a stinging attack on long-standing ally Pakistan, saying it will get no more US aid as it was giving "safe haven to terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".

"The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools," Trump tweeted in his strongest denunciation of Islamabad. 

Indian political establishment and the hyper nationalist media are  trying  to paint this as great Indian Diplomatic win. But, should India really believe uncle Sam especially the maverick Donald Trump. This is evident if one sees TRUMP’s flip-flops on Pakistan.

In August 2017 , Trump severely criticised Pakistan; in October 2017 , he has praised it as a “fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people”. Verbal flowers were bestowed on Pakistan after it helped gain the release of an American woman and her family held captive by Haqqani terrorist group. The family was abducted five years ago while hiking in Afghanistan. Trump celebrated  the intelligence cooperation extended by ISI as a success of its policy to get Pakistan back on track. Trump believed  that Pakistani government’s cooperation is a sign that the country is “starting to respect the United States again.”

In August 2017 , while announcing his administration’s South Asia and Afghanistan policy, Trump was highly critical of the Pakistani government’s efforts to fight terrorist groups. He lambasted Pakistan for providing safe havens to "agents of chaos”. He categorically blamed Islamabad for harbouring the organisations involved in killing Americans. Trump had said, “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.”

But now again in January 2018 Trump says , "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" he added.

Nobody knows what will Trump say tomorrow.

In fact terrorist factories in Afghanistan were the joint ventures of United States and Pakistan during the cold war.  

In August 2017, responding to Trump’s diatribe against Pakistan, its foreign minister, Khwaja Muhammad Asif accused America of indulging in ‘use and throw’ policy vis-à-vis Pakistan to achieve American strategic objectives. Asif clearly stated, “we were used and discarded,” in the proxy war that America launched against the Soviet Union in the 1980s. Refusing to accept the entire blame for the rise of extremism and terrorism in the region Asif said, “It is a collective sin or mistake that we made.”

It is no secret, the American lethal and non-lethal assistance to Taliban and other terrorist networks is now a folklore. 

Former British foreign secretary, Robin Cook, told the House of Commons that Al Qaeda was unquestionably a product of Western intelligence agencies and Al Qaeda, an abbreviation of “the database” in Arabic, “was originally the computer database of the thousands of Islamist extremists, who were trained by the CIA and funded by the Saudis, in order to defeat the Russians in Afghanistan.”

The world is watching the same CIA game in Syria and Iraq. According to a US historian Webster Tarpley, “The Islamic State (ISIS) is a secret army of the United States and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a leader of the terrorist group, is a close friend of US Senator John McCain.” Despite reports of CIA’s direct involvement in raising and supporting ISIS against the Syrian government, the global corporate media is consistently engaged in creating a perception that America is fighting against militant Islam.

The US is brazenly encouraging the Islamic State. It is doing everything to prevent the emergence of a viable and credible alliance between Russia, Syria, Turkey and Iran that can launch decisive action against ISIS. US wants Turkey to remain away from Russia and Iran. Washington is using the terrorist groups in Syria as a tool to divide the countries of the region, primarily to appease and secure Israel.

The US  has been deeply entrenched into Pakistani polity and military for more than 60 years, yet it has neither been able to prevent Pakistani aided terrorism nor keep its nuclear ambitions under a lid.


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