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What the United States and Pakistan need to build is a modest, not exaggerated, but practical relationship based on mutual respect for each other’s interests. This information has been given in the report of local media. According to a Dawn report, a dozen American scholars on South Asian affairs associated with the Pakistan Study Group (PSG) have prepared the report. The paper warns US policymakers that they cannot afford to move away from a country that includes three major regions—South Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East—and borders with China and Iran, and is closer to Russia.
Authors include a former US Secretary of State for South Asia, two former US ambassadors to Pakistan, a former Pakistani ambassador to the US and other senior diplomats working in Pakistan and US scholars with expertise in South Asia.
According to this letter, a modest, practical relationship between the US and Pakistan would include understanding that Pakistan and the US will continue to see Afghanistan from different perspectives, but will continue to maintain peace in that country and ease the suffering of its people. can cooperate in.
It also reminds US policymakers that attitudes towards India, at both elite and popular levels in Pakistan, will at best change gradually. The report also noted that public opinion in both the US and Pakistan act as constraints on bilateral relations.
According to the Dawn report, however, the US may still prompt Pakistan to change its overall strategic calculation, based on Pakistan’s understanding of its security environment. The paper acknowledges that the US and Pakistan have different views on China and recommends a more nuanced US policy on Pakistan.
First Published : 05 Oct 2022, 02:58:04 PM