Relations between Washington and Islamabad have recently gloomed as Trump’s administration has seriously asked Islamabad to take serious actions against armed terrorist groups having safe havens in Pakistan. Nevertheless, Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of reporters during a trip to Brussels that he was not giving up on commitment to a more effective relationship with Pakistan.
Previously, Pakistan army chief had told US General Joseph Votel, head of the US military’s Central Command, that US President’s statement on Pakistan has disappointed all the people of his country.
Dunford was careful in his public remarks but made clear that Votel would continue to lead the military –to-military discussions.
“I’m not going to talk about the relationships in public because I’m committed to try to improve the relationship and I do believe the military-to-military dialogue led by General Votel, with occasional reinforcement from Secretary Mattis, myself and others, is the right approach,” Dunford said.
In a possible sign of efforts to improve relations between the two countries, Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, has paid a visit to Islamabad and met with Pakistani Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua. In the meeting, Wells considered Pakistan cooperation as key for victory of US forces in Afghanistan.
According to Pakistan foreign ministry, the Pakistani Foreign Minister Tehmina Janjua briefed related to her country’s steps against terrorism and considered the steps as key for security of the region.
US President Donald Trump in August 2017 during announcement of the US new strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia criticized Pakistan and named the country as supporter of insurgent groups that were conducting attacks on US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan. But, Pakistan has always rejected such claims made by the US administration.
US President Donald Trump has tired of Pakistan’s policy. US is not playing game with Pakistan, but the country is frankly asking Islamabad that US not accepting such contradictory option any more.
According to the US security advisor, US is trying to make it clear to Pakistan that relations of the two countries cannot accept such contradiction anymore. Islamabad should start joint work for stability of Afghanistan.
Terrorists in Afghanistan and some parts of Pakistan have made life of ordinary people worse. No countries including China do not want Pakistan to provide safe havens to terrorists and use it as tool against other countries of the region.
Pakistan is now an atomic country. What will US do if Pakistan depends on its atomic power like North Korea to ignore its international responsibilities? Does Pakistan want to be a country as North Korea? Pakistan can choose a way for better stability and security or to be North Korea. US President Donald Trump has realistically decided and made his policies in connection with Indo-Pacific regional policy including Afghanistan and Pakistan.