Pakistan USA Relations

Pakistan USA Relations

Chūniān : Pakistan | Sep 11, 2012 at 12:27 AM PDT
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America has accused Pakistan of state terrorism in Afghanistan. Both Pakistan and America are fighting a proxy war in Afghanistan. America believes that Pakistan is supporting Taliban and disrupting peace of Afghanistan through acts of terrorism in Afghanistan. On the other hand US is killing Pakistani soldiers in frustration as it is unable to stop the acts of terrorism in Afghanistan.

In his recent visit to India, US defense Secretary Leon Panetta accused Pakistan of state terrorism in Afghanistan and India. According to him US patience with Pakistan over the issue of State terrorism is running out. Pakistan is accused by India of Mumbai terror attacks in India that killed 166 Indians and injured many more. Similarly, Pakistan is accused by US of doing acts of terrorism in Afghanistan through Taliban and Haqqani network using them as its veritable arm to gain upper hand in Afghanistan. Admiral Mike Mullen before his retirement stressed that Pakistan uses Haqqani network as a veritable arm to do acts of terrorism in Afghanistan. Haqqani network is living in North Waziristan in Pakistan and is capable of doing terrorist acts in entire Afghanistan.

The recent suicide attack in Afghanistan during a marriage ceremony of daughter of a prominent Afghan lawmaker killed dozens of people. Such attacks are done by Haqqani network in Afghanistan and according to American establishment are done with the consent and help of the state of Pakistan. Haqqani network enjoys full support and protection from the spy agencies of Pakistan and even the drone attacks by US military on the terrorist hide outs in North Waziristan are not able to stop these terrorists from doing their acts of terrorism. Recently, US house of congress and US SEnate pushed Obama administration to label Haqqani network a terrorist organization.

Pakistan is not just involved in state terrorism in Afghanistan, but it also blocked NATO supplies passing through its routes as a protest over the killing of its two dozen soldiers by US forces in November last year. It was an attempt by Pakistan to disrupt the ongoing war on terror in Afghanistan by NATO and US forces. Pakistan realized its mistake after eight months and recently opened NATO supplies.

On the other hand, Pakistan is also concerned about US war in Afghanistan. Pakistan thinks that US is supporting non Taliban elements in Afghanistan which is against the interests of Pakistan. Pakistan also accuses US of supporting India against Pakistan and helping India of increasing its influence in Afghanistan. Pakistan and India are enemies since the last sixty years over the issue of Kashmir and have fought many wars in the past.

Last year, American air strikes killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. This incident was a surprise for Pakistan as it has been a non NATO ally of US in the ongoing war on terror. Pakistan also accuses Afghanistan of terrorist acts in Pakistan. In the last week, militants from Afghanistan entered Pakistan and killed many Pakisatni civilians after taking them hostage and it was only after the intervention by border military forces of Pakistan that the militants retreated back to Afghanistan.

In the end, it is worth saying that both US and Pakistan do not let any opportunity go waste to destroy the interests of each other in the region and it seems that they have become enemies of each other and it is only superficially that they act as allies.

Qaisar Farooq Gondal is based in Chūniān, Punjab, Pakistan, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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