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Review of foreign policy

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Shahid M Amin
TRUMP’S policy statement on Afghanistan has caused indignation in Pakistan. He accused Pakistan of harbouring sanctuaries from where terrorists were launching attacks on US/NATO troops in Afghanistan. He claimed that US had been “paying billions and billions of dollars” to Pakistan which was “housing the very terrorists we are fighting”. He insisted that this “must change immediately” and issued a threat that Pakistan “has much to lose by continuing to harbour criminals and terrorists.”
Pakistan questions the accuracy of Trump’s accusations. It has been angered by his implied threat of punitive action. We resent Trump’s praise for India’s role in Afghanistan. The facts are that Pakistan has suffered more in war against terrorism than any other country, in terms of human and financial losses. No other country has launched as many successful military operations against terrorists. Much of the “billions of dollars” that Trump mentioned were reimbursement of military expenditure incurred by Pakistan. He was silent about terrorists using Afghan sanctuaries to conduct operations against Pakistan. He made no mention of use of state terror by India to suppress the Kashmiri independence movement where gross violations of human rights are taking place daily in full view of world news media.
After Trump’s statement was debated in parliament and highest echelons of government, including a conference of Pakistani........

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