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2017-08-13 05:31:04

New Afghan strategy: Is US looking bigger role for India in Afghanistan

 

US Senator John McCain has unveiled his long-promised strategy  for Afghanistan, which threatens “imposing graduated diplomatic, military, and economic costs on Pakistan” if it continues to provide the alleged support and sanctuary to terrorist and insurgent groups, including the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.

The strategy, issued on Thursday afternoon as an amendment to next fiscal year’s defence bill, includes providing additional US troops for counter-terrorism missions. It also allows US advisers to work closer to the front lines with Afghan officers and giving US commanders a broader authority to target Taliban insurgents, Islamic State militants and other militias.

 

Senator McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Com­mittee, has long threatened to force a strategy on the administration if it doesn’t come up with one to win the 16-year-old war. Mr McCain said some of America’s “most experienced and respected former military and intelligence officials” contributed to this strategy.

 

Besides threatening Pakistan with new sanctions, the proposed policy also outlines the potential benefits of a long-term US-Pakistan strategic partnership that could result from Pakistan’s cessation of support for all terrorist and insurgent groups and constructive role in bringing about a peaceful resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

 The ongoing review of US new Afghanistan policy incorporates India and the whole South Asian region.

 

However US must not forget that any ‘tough love’ approach by Washington towards Pakistan has its limits and the US could soon find it had little leverage over Pakistan, which has to a large extent moved towards China and Russia and is no longer dependent on American aid or military equipment.

 

The fact is that the United States is in no position to influence Pakistan’s security policies in a meaningful way. Thus, any attempt to coerce or isolate Pakistan will lead the country to move closer to China and Russia. 

In a policy review of its relations with Pakistan, the US should be realistic and address Pakistan’s strategic concerns and anxieties. 

Pk.shafqna.com

 

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