With the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and the current crisis of Russia invading Ukraine, understanding the role United States will play with the Pakistan, has become increasingly important. To what extent will the Pak-US relationship be influenced by the very different leadership in both the countries? What is the Biden administration’s approach to Pakistan?
No doubt politics is a tough and nasty business. The best of politicians are capable of worst behaviour. The things become specially ugly when tolerant and impatient lawmakers who agrees on nothing, are in the same room and start mud slinging.
Currently a hot topic has been erupted in an open way in the premiership of Imran Khan. In the past, US had poured billions of dollars aid into Pakistan’s economy and its military over the years.
Saying so, that the politics of Pakistan is free from the influence of the United States is not justifying the truth. Billions of dollars over the years have been poured into Pakistan to keep her sway in Pakistan’s politics. Pak-US ties for the most part are just like a patron-client relationship and arms dependence.
The interference of the United States was for the first time made into public discourse, after Prime Minister Imran Khan, amid the escalating political crisis, talked about the secret letter which was allegedly send to him by the US.
Khan on Thursday chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting in Islamabad to take the top civil and military leadership into confidence over the threat letter and the foreign conspiracy behind the no-confidence motion against him in the National Assembly.
The Committee subsequently decided that Pakistan will issue a strong demarche to the country in question both in Islamabad and in the country’s capital through proper channel in keeping with diplomatic norms.
U.S. officials on Sunday denied any involvement.
“There is no truth to these allegations,” a State Department spokesperson said on Sunday, adding “we respect and support Pakistan’s constitutional process and the rule of law.”