ISLAMABAD - Foreign Minister Asif said that the nation had erred when it became a party in the 2001 US campaign against Afghanistan, calling it a “huge mistake”.
That decision, more than a decade ago, brought about the terrorist counteraction that seeped into Pakistan, creating a problem way bigger than could have been anticipated.
Still, the US continues to assert that Pakistan harbours terrorists, asking it to "clamp down on sanctuaries used by the two militant groups to plan attacks, collect weapons, and allow fighters to recuperate".
But Islamabad, on the other hand, reiterates itswoes, stating that the US has overlooked the Pakistan Army's sacrifices — both in terms of personnel and cost — and doesn't credit its effort in pushing back Al Qaeda.
Further,military's spokesperson Maj. Gen. Ghafoor said, “We have done enough and we cannot do any more,” indicating that Pakistani forces are already fully engaged in border protection and fighting other extremist groups. [image: an image] <link>
In all, this back-and-forth has complicated the already strained ties between the two nations.
Similar to how an NYT story on Sunday claimed that Trump administration cannot break away from Pakistan — which could pave way for even better Sino-Pak relations — BMI Research said in its Friday report the US decision “will likely accelerate Pakistan’s geopolitical drift towards China”.
According to the WSJ, a senior official in the Trump administration said the American leadership is “angry and dissatisfied” with how Pakistan has replied as well as “the continued linkages we see between the Pakistan security services and the Haqqani network”.