Recently a statement has been
issued by Washington saying “President Trump not satisfy with Pakistan efforts”.
One can perceive it as a new version of do more.
Since the new year tweets in which President Trump labelled Pakistan as a safe
heaven for terrorists, Pak-US relations became unfortified. The tensions
escalated when Pakistan opposed the decision of US to recognize Jerusalem as
Israel capital, but this time Us indulged even hard step to put Pakistan’s name
in grey list over the allegations of financing terrorist organizations.
Pakistan has been the ally of US since 1950 after joining CENTO and SEATO. First
Pakistan was steadfast friend of US against communism expansion and later on
when after twin towers attack in 2001 US national strategy shifted towards war
on terror Pakistan became its active non-NATO ally. This war cost Pakistan more
than $120 billion while the aid given to Pakistan by its ally is $33 billion
which is not even half of its loss. Despite it Pakistan lost more than 4 million
civilians and 2.5 million military personnel from rank of Sepoy to General. But
still accusing Pakistan for deceit is really rubbed salt in wound.
Yes, Pakistan did benefit from this alignment but it was mutual benefit. To halt
communism expansion, US spent $770 billion in Vietnam while to disintegrate the
whole communism campaigner and its hegemony challenger it had to spent only $20
billion with Pakistan’s support.But still disdaining Pakistan is deplorable.
The question is what else can your ally do for you? Its time for US to
understand that its existence in Afghanistan and war on terror is articulated
with Pakistan. Making Pakistan part of the problem rather than part of the
solution won’t work.