The future of US-Pakistan relations

Posted In: News Date:Mar 11th, 2018

Pakistan’s foreign secretary, Tehmina Janjua, who is in Washingtonian DC for bilateral talks in a recent statement said that “Washington should know Pakistan has no longer influence to bring Taliban to talks.” Reportedly, she further said that “we have made clear that we will do whatever we think is in our national interests.”

A few days ago, the US Defence Intelligence Agency said Pakistan’s efforts in the war against terrorism had made some considerable gains against the country’s fight against terrorism. In this regard, a recent report submitted to the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee concerning Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations notes that “Islamabad is likely to proceed with its counterinsurgency operations and border management efforts along its western border while sustaining counterterrorism and paramilitary operations throughout the country. These efforts have had some success in reducing violence.” The report further noted: “Pakistan will look to the United States and the Afghan government for support against anti-Pakistan fighters in Afghanistan.

After the recent rupture in bilateral relations, there appears to be a realization both in Kabul and Washington that the blame game will not help in resolving issues, which will only increase if there remains a confrontation and mistrust between the two countries. While efforts are being made on both sides to revive some sort of structural dialogue to undermine growing mutual mistrust, for any dialogue to achieve something strategically, Washington and Islamabad need to keep their expectations in zones which are practically achievable.