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2018-01-08 08:24:33

A strong rebuttal: US from threatening Pakistan to appeasing Pakistan

 

US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday said that the Pentagon was maintaining its communication with the Pakistani military establishment, including with Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, even after suspending its security assistance to Pakistan.

 

“I think, yesterday Gen Joseph Votel was on the phone with Gen Bajwa, the chief of the army staff. And we’ll continue to coordinate this,” he said at an afternoon news briefing at the Pentagon.

 

 

“Obviously, we’ll continue talking with one another, as we are at all times,” said the US defence chief, but he did not clarify if the conversation took place before or after Washington announced the aid suspension on Thursday.

 

Mr Mattis said the Trump administration considered all possibilities before suspending its military assistance to Pakistan and was not worried about Islamabad shutting off supplies to Afghanistan in retaliation.

 

Mattis statement shows that US is mulling over new strategy against Pakistan. First it tried to threaten Pakistan through a series of anti-Pakistan statements and then further pushed it against the wall by cutting financial aid.

 

However, the undeterred response by the Pakistan’s civil and military leadership not only surprised US but also forced it to change its policy from threatening to appeasing Pakistan.  Mattis statements is a confession that US has been forced to talk to Pakistan after it failed to threaten the country.

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