By Imran Farooqi
Gulf has widened between Pak-US Relationship which could be judged from the fact that Pakistan has rejected the US investigation report in connection with the NATO air strikes on the army outposts in Mohmand agency, and killed 24 soldiers on November 26, 2011.
The US investigation report has been rejected on the ground that American Brigadier General Stephen Clark as the head of the investigation can never bring out unbiased findings. Pakistan has dismissed the report as the head of investigating team Brigadier Clark has, himself, been linked to the strategic team involved in the attack. Pakistan believes that General Clark is an inappropriate choice to carry out investigation as a neutral party.
Although in the last few years, US blame game has continued against Pakistan in relation to the cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan, yet same intensified after the May 2 when American commandos killed Osama Bin Laden in a raid. In the aftermath of Osama episode, US made Pakistan a scapegoat. In this respect, US secret agency, CIA, Indian Raw and Israeli Mossad which are collectively working, increased their anti-Pakistan activities through subversive acts like suicide attacks, bomb blasts and targeted killings coupled with hostile propaganda against Pakistan.
After tolerating US undue demands for a long time, Pakistan’s civil and military leadership rejected American coercive diplomacy and refused to do more against the Haqqani network based in North Waziristan because Washington has always ignored the public backlash inside Pakistan, and has intermittently violated the sovereignty of the country.
Meanwhile, Islamabad has shown its strong reaction in relation to November 26 event when 24 soldiers were killed by the US-led deliberate air strikes on military outposts. In response, Pakistan took a number of steps such as suspension of NATO supplies to Afghanistan across the country, vacation of Shamsi air base and boycott of the second Bonn Conference and tightening the security across the Afghan border.
Enough is enough, now it is due to US irresponsible approach that Islamabad has finally refused to come under the American pressure tactics and decided to follow its public opinion, while resentment is running high among the general masses against the US.
Pakistan also decided to review its relations with the United States. In this context, in the recent past, envoy’s conference was held in Islamabad, and Pakistan decided to redefine its relationship with Washington. In this connection, reliable sources pointed out that Pakistan’s civil and military leadership also decided to drop any American aircraft, if violated the sovereignty of the country.
On the other hand, US lawmakers suspended 700 million dollars aid to Pakistan, but it still wants cordial relationship with the latter.
As a matter of fact, Washington is playing double game with Pakistan, sometimes praising its sacrifices regarding war against terrorism and sometimes accusing it of cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan, involving Pakistan Army and its secret agency ISI. Duplicity with Pakistan could be judged from the statement of US Hillary Clinton who said during her latest trip to Islamabad that there is no evidence that IS was involved in the bombing of Kabul embassy of America. Instead after reaching Washington, She said that Afghanistan must stop safe-havens of militants and infiltration in Pakistan.
History of Pak-US ties indicates that Islamabad never went against the will of America, but all new steps against Washington clearly prove that China, Iran and Russia might have given assurances to Islamabad to resolve its financial and other related problems as the great game of Central Asia has shifted to Pakistan which is likely to be the arena of next cold war. Pakistan also preferred these countries over US which seeks to counterbalance China through India.
However, owing to America’s faulty policies, gulf is widening between Pakistan and the US. It is the right hour that Washington must rectify its approach towards Islamabad and must act upon positive strategy, if it wants peace and stability in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Otherwise, US wavering approach as shown by the contradictory statements of its top officials and law-makers about Pakistan—will jeopardize American regional interests which are part of its global interests. Nevertheless, it is upto America to decrease trust deficit which are deepening between the two countries.