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Is Islamabad Heading For A Clash With Washington Over Trump’s Call To India For Afghan Assistance?

Published on 24 August, 2017 at 12:00 pm By

Earlier this week, Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and urged India to contribute more in the region. Trump also acknowledged India’s contribution in the region and called it a key security and economic partner. Trump said,


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We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.

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In the same speech, Trump hinted at Pakistan and said that the US gives “billions of billions of dollars” to the nation and Pakistan returns the favor by harboring militants that the US is fighting. The Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, also warned Pakistan that harboring terrorists will have consequences.

However, the Pakistani officials have become enraged with this comment and have said that India is the major region why there is insecurity. They also alleged that the fragile government in Kabul, which is supported by India, is funding terrorists in the region. An opposition leader in Pakistan also commented that Trump’s speech will isolate US friends in Islamabad.

A day after Trump’s speech, Imran Khan, who is running to be the next PM of Pakistan, said that his policies regarding the US will be clear and shall contain the message that Pakistan will never again fight wars for the US. Khan also slammed the US for its flawed and failed Afghan policies and said that Pakistan must reject being a scapegoat for US failures.

 


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Khan’s dislike for the US is no secret. In January this year, when the US announced a travel ban on Syrian refugees, Khan said that the US must impose one on Pakistan as well.


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