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Trump’s New Pakistan Strategy Has Policy Experts Hopeful

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Trump and Tillerson, at it again...

Trump’s first tweet of the New Year was an attack on Pakistan. The President accused the Islamic nation of making “fools” of US leaders for the past 15 years, over the course of a rotten alliance that was riddled with “lies and deceit.”

President Trump tweeted, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

The US political leader has shown serious discontent with Pakistan. The crescendo was on an increasing scale and Trump believed it was the limit just after four months of announcing his South Asia policy.

Many analysts and experts wandered for an explanation of the early morning tweet. Some believed that there was skepticism about the ability to effectively execute and plan. Whereas, others thought that the Twitter war will only offer leeway to China. However, the primary concern is that China already has Pakistan in its corner.

The former ambassador to the US of Pakistan, Husain Haqqani, said in a statement, “It’s the first time a US president has put his own name and reputation behind the pressure on Pakistan. George [W] Bush never said anything directly and Barack Obama, even after the discovery of Osama bin Laden, left it to officials to deliver the message of displeasure.”

Apart from this, the Prime Minister of the country, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a meeting of national security committee (NSC) meeting where civilian and military chiefs discussed the tweet sent by President Trump.

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The Prime Minister’s office issued a statement, which said, “Recent statements and articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation.”

Trump is now on the verge of entering his second year in the White House. It is believed that the US President is ‘changing gears’ to handle the situation in Afghanistan.

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