President Trump seems to be achieving U.S interest in the region at the cost of Pakistan
Realism considers states to be the principal actors in the international arena pursuing their own interests with the ultimate objective of maximizing their power and enhancing security. Likewise the U.S has every right to defend its interests in South Asia but achieving those interests at the cost of Pakistan without realizing the geo politics of the region could be harmful. There is no denying the fact that growing Chinese influence in the region and Pakistan’s closer ties with China is apparently against the interests of both U.S and India. Pakistan being one of the longest allies of the United States in the region has often being accused of playing a double game with the U.S. and not doing much. Trump’s recent policy on South Asia and Afghanistan implies United States growing displeasure with its ally Pakistan owing to the seemingly lost battle in Afghanistan. However the American policy circles must realize that U.S shares a fair deal of blame owing to its flawed policies in South Asia and Afghanistan for decades. It was United States decision after the 1965 war to impose sanctions on Pakistan which resulted in Pakistan’s tilt towards China which now seems to be going against U.S interests. Today the Trump administration without realizing that the Afghan quagmire is a result of United States policy of abandonment seems to fasten all the blame on Pakistan.
Trump seems to be ignoring the fact that Afghanistan has been a proxy ground for years which has often been used by India against Pakistan. United States despite having gained military victory in Afghanistan has failed to set up an ethically balanced government in Kabul now seems to forging an alliance with India. Today U.S policy circles seem to be divided over United States approach towards Pakistan. One camp thinks that Pakistan can be trusted while the other is of the view that Pakistan should not be considered a trust worthy partner. Therefore India seems to be emerging as the new cornerstone of the U.S policy in the region without realizing that India has its own interests in Afghanistan. The seemingly U.S India defense cooperation which is expected to transfer advanced military technologies to India, would only result in highlighting military imbalances in the region. The western narrative that Pakistan’s view of India is paranoid seems baseless as Indian factor cannot be ignored. The previous U.S governments had a clear understanding of the geopolitics of the volatile South Asian region therefore India was never invited in Afghanistan to increase its influence. However the Trump administration realizing its role being a superior partner in Afghanistan must stop become India from becoming a threat to the regional stability? The Indian presence in Afghanistan is definitely against Pakistan’s interest which has long suffered brutality in Baluchistan owing to Indian involvement. United States tilt towards India may embolden India to acquire aggressive military doctrine or any kind of military adventurism. The United States needs to revisit its policies in South Asia and should consider entering into a dialogue with Pakistan on all issues including the Haqqani network. Likewise Pakistan must be given the opportunity to express its concerns, including the capturing and surrender of Fazal Ullah to Pakistan who has caused many terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. President Trump needs to realize that United States growing partnership with India enhances the ever present threat between the two nuclear armed states. The increased Indian presence in Afghanistan clearly undermines Pakistan’s strategy of stopping a two front situation. It is high time for the U.S to revisit its policy as forging an alliance with India against Pakistan’s interests would only add to the troubles of the volatile South Asian region.
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