In one of the greatest political upsets in U.S. political history, Republican Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton and will become the 45th president of the United States in January. Trump’s win has sent shockwaves around the country and around the world.
Former US diplomat William H Avery believes Pakistan is all set to be a big loser with Trump getting charge of world’s most powerful country.
In an article in Pakistan daily Dawn, several eminent scholars and analysts of the country outlined that Trump may follow a hardline approach towards their country.
Here are some of the comments:
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It will depend on how foreign policy experts shape his regional agenda. If he gives space to hawks, it is possible Pakistan may face repercussions over its association with militant groups.
— Umair Javed (Freelance columnist)
It is unclear how Trump will approach the complexity of the issues that come with America’s Pakistan policy. For a man with a simple mind, there is no telling how he will balance all these out to draw a path forward for himself on Pakistan.
— Khurram Hussain (Dawn’s staff.)
“On a serious note: Trump’s victory will be an enormous gift to a failing jihadist movement, that will have now have a renewed rallying cry.”
— Ammar Rashid (Ammar Rashid is a researcher, teacher, political worker at AWP and musician.)
A Trump presidency will not change the fundamentals of the dysfunctional Pakistan-US relationship.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (Mosharraf Zaidi is part of the Alif Ailaan campaign for education)
“Trump win good for Pakistan. Rich, educated Pakistanis will come back to Pakistan”
— Farrukh Saleem (Farrukh Saleem is a columnist who writes for ‘The News’.)
“I hope he [Donald Trump] will focus keenly to bring peace and stability around the world and demonstrate deliberate leadership in resolving the conflicts in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent. We must trust and work together to crush terrorism and eliminate extremism from a position of strength. United States should not quit from Afghanistan; it’s combat troop draw-down should be effect-related and not time-related.”
— Pervez Musharraf (former president of Pakistan and the founder of All Pakistan Muslim League)