'We must reject being made scapegoats for US policy failures' - Imran Khan
Dawn.comAugust 22, 2017
US President Donald Trump on Monday night demanded that Pakistan "stop offering safe haven to agents of chaos” as he presented his policy for the 16-year-long war in Afghanistan in his first formal address as commander-in-chief.
While inviting India to to provide more economic assistance and development to Afghanistan, Trump discarded his previous criticism of America's longest war as "a waste of time and money".
As Pakistan woke up to the US' visibly stronger stance on the country's role in harboring terrorists, analysts and politicians weighed in on how Trump's policy in the Afghan war, his invitation to India and demand from Pakistan to do more would affect the country.
'How can he ask us to do more while inviting our enemy number one to the table'
Journalist Rahimullah Yusufzai
Is it not amazing that President Donald Trump is asking Pakistan to do more in the war while he wants Pakistan’s enemy number one — India — to invest in Afghanistan.
If India is more actively involved, its grip will increase in Afghanistan, creating a greater threat for Pakistan. How then will we be able to cooperate with America in this war? I don’t think it is possible. In my opinion, Pakistan will extend its cooperation in the matter, but to threaten or pressure it into the decision is not smart.
Trump does not believe in diplomacy; the tone he had in this address is the only one he has and it leads to problems rather than conflict resolution.
He says that he will win this 16-year-old war using different diplomatic, political, economic and military means.
One of Trump's intentions is to build pressure on Pakistan; he will make a number of demands from us as he believes that America can win the war in Afghanistan if Pakistan cooperates.
However, he needs to understand that building pressure on Pakistan will not lead to a swift resolution of this conflict; rather, it will only make things worse.
’We must reject being made scapegoats for the policy failures of the US and India.’
PTI Chief Imran Khan
Just as India blames Pakistan for the indigenous Kashmiri uprisings when these are a result of its own failed policy of military repression in India-held Kashmir, the US again blames Pakistan for its deeply flawed and failed Afghan policy stretching over a decade.
This should teach Pakistan once and for all a valuable lesson: never to fight others' wars for the lure of dollars.
We fought two wars in Afghanistan at the US' behest [while] paying heavy human and economic costs both times. We sacrificed 70,000 lives in US War on Terror.
Our economy suffered over $100 billion in losses. In addition, there were intangible costs on our society. Time for Pakistan to say "never again".
We must also reject being made scapegoats for the policy failures of US and India.
'I anticipate more in-land attacks and economic sanctions'
Analyst Nusrat Javeed
President Donald Trump has made a clear-cut statement: he is not asking us to do more, that time has passed — the American president is now asking us to act or else …
I anticipate more in-land attacks on Pakistan besides the economic sanctions that will soon be slapped on us.
'There is no solution without addressing Pakistan's legitimate concerns'
PTI leader Asad Umar
Trump is threatening to go back to an Afghan policy of troop buildup & pressure on Pakistan — A policy which has failed to deliver in 16 years.
As far as threat of sanctions are concerned, has anyone told trump that US flows to Pakistan are so small as to be nearly irrelevant.
There is no solution in Afghanistan without bringing all segments of Afghanistan on board and addressing the legitimate concerns that Pakistan has.