Where Pakistan-America Relations are Heading?By Brig. (r) Junaid Zaman • Jan 5th, 2012 • Category: Politics, Worth A Second Look • 12 Comments
Policy makers in Pakistan are burning the midnight oil these days pondering over the recent developments or degradations for that matter regarding the Pakistan-USA relationship, and where they are heading. That’s not an easy ask, because there are so many gray areas and these relations are intertwined in a complex fashion, coupled with inevitable dependencies, undeniable interests, and all that in the backdrop of a volatile future.
The game has entered into a new phase. Interestingly enough, now both US and Pakistan are trying to please the Taliban to pressurize the other side.
United States have managed to bring Taliban to the table in Afghanistan and Taliban are parting with their longstanding public denials that they were involved in, or even willing to consider helping America in the endgame. US has also accelerated its funding and support to the Pakistani Taliban to speed up the attacks within Pakistan and the recent Peshawar blasts are direct result of that. So much so is the haste in this matter is that Taliban are given a place in Qattar for their office.
In a statement, Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that along with a preliminary deal to set up the office in Qatar, the group was asking that Taliban detainees held at the American prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be released. “We are at the moment, besides our powerful presence inside the country, ready to establish a political office outside the country to come to an understanding with other nations,” the statement said. American officials have said in recent months that the opening of a Taliban mission would be the single biggest step forward for peace efforts that have been plagued by false starts, according to the NYT.
Pakistan is not sitting idle. We have bigger and more effective aces to play and we can checkmate them anytime we want. “For God’s sake, forget all your differences and give us fighters to boost the battle against America in Afghanistan,” senior Al-Qaeda commander Abu Yehya Al Libi has reportedly told Pakistani Taliban fighters at a meeting of the Taliban Shura held on Monday. According to reports, the meeting was called on the orders of Mulla Omar and marked the Afghan and Pakistani Taliban forming a joint five-member Shura-e-Murakbah with Pakistani militant organisations, pledging to stop fighting against the security forces of their own countries and focusing their attention against US-led forces in Afghanistan, as Pakistani media reports.
Nobody in the US and in Pakistan any confrontation. Bad blood is there, because NATO spilled our blood and refused to apologize, let alone assuring us that it wouldn’t happen again. But we both must move on with new rules of the game based on mutual respect and solid trust. The United States should continue civilian and military dialogue with Pakistan despite recent serious setbacks, because the US-Pakistani relationship is very important for the world.