Following the Inited States’ choice to drawdown troops from Afghanistan, Washington will quickly now not want Islamabad, which might result in efforts inside US Congress to assist designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terror, stated US-based scholar Michael Rubin.

In an opinion piece in National Interest, Rubin, a resident scholar on the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), stated Pakistanis typically complain that the US is a fair-weather buddy and such criticisms are appropriate as Islamabad has lengthy been America’s second alternative.

“The United States embraces Pakistan and demands solidarity when Washington needs Islamabad but turns on a dime to punish Pakistan when the US no longer needs it,” he wrote.

US President Joe Biden introduced final month the choice to withdraw troops from the nation beginning on that May 1 deadline, with the intention of fully withdrawing from Afghanistan by September 11, which might mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist assaults that sparked the warfare in Afghanistan, the longest battle in American historical past.

On Thursday, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that the US has begun pulling out its forces from Afghanistan.

“Last week, the Secretary of Defense approved the request from US Central Command for the temporary deployment of additional military assets into the Centcom AOR [area of responsibility] in order to support a safe and deliberate withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan.”

Pakistan, which has been accused of harbouring rebel sanctuaries, is credited with arranging the US-Taliban talks that culminated within the signing of the settlement on February 29, 2020.

Pakistan has these days stepped up diplomatic efforts to assist in advancing the stalled intra-Afghan peace dialogue.

Zalmay Khalilzad, the American chief peace negotiator, informed lawmakers in Washington on Tuesday that the US administration had urged Pakistani leaders to train their “considerable leverage” over the Taliban to cut back violence and help a negotiated settlement to the battle.

“Pakistan has a special responsibility given its influence over the Taliban, so we appreciate what Pakistan has done so far,” Khalilzad informed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“But we are not there yet, and of course we look forward to working with them to get to a peace agreement between the Taliban and the Afghan government in the coming weeks and months,” the US envoy stated.

With Biden embracing Trump’s coverage of unilateral withdrawal, the US will quickly now not want Pakistan, stated Rubin.

“Neither the White House nor Congress will be inclined to sweep irritants in bilateral relations–primarily, the sponsorship of terror by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence–under the rug. This could lead rather quickly to efforts within Congress to pressure the State Department to designate Pakistan a state sponsor of terror,” he stated.

“Diplomats and the State Department’s internal Pakistan lobby may dismiss such a notion, but a combination of Pakistani triumphalism amidst the backdrop of US withdrawal and any subsequent Taliban atrocities will ignite public opinion and lead American politicians to take symbolic action. Pakistan should be prepared to join a club putting them alongside Iran, Syria, and North Korea,” he added.


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