For more than six decades Pakistan has been fighting proxy US war in the region. Those in power are reluctant in admitting this harsh reality. The US terms Pakistan front-line partner in war against terrorism. The country might have received peanuts in terms of military support but the focus of economic cooperation has remained India.
The US has been a major buyer of textiles and clothing but when it comes to outsourcing India is the preferred choice. The logic is that India is one of the biggest democracies, its economic policies are consistent and above all foreign investment in that country is more secure. Political instability and precarious law and order situation does not permit American investors to make any substantial investment in Pakistan.
In one of the previous blogs I have stated categorically that the US install and dislodges governments in various countries to pursue its foreign policy and more importantly establish its hegemony in any specific area. South Asia and MENA have remained prime focus, it was to counter communism in the past and now controlling natural resources, particularly oil.
An important point to be kept in mind is that the US first creates phantoms like Al Qaeda and ISIS, which get funds and arms to pave way for the entry of US combat forces under the disguise of UN approved assaults or peace keeping forces, the worst examples are Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.
The facts of US policy become evident when one reads the details of briefing of Marine Corps General Joseph F. Dunford Jr. He currently heads the US Marine Corps and is the next chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff. According to him the areas of divergent interest with Pakistan include “our views on the use of proxies and the importance of a positive and stable Pakistan-India relationship”.
He specified the US still has three key interests in Pakistan, averting Al Qaeda’s re-emergence, preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons and promoting regional stability. He said that the US-led coalition and the Afghan government were closely watching the ISIS’s attempt to expand its reach to Afghanistan and Pakistan and were collaborating closely to prevent this threat from expanding.
The US-Pakistan relationship, according to general, was fundamental to US vital national security interests. The US needs to continue cooperation with Pakistan to defeat Al Qaeda, support Pakistan’s stability and achieve a lasting peace in Afghanistan.
Dunford said, “Regional partners have an important role to play in ensuring a stable, democratic Afghanistan. We have encouraged stronger ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan and have been pleased with their recent bilateral efforts to address their security concerns.”
Dunford said Pakistan had been, and remained, the largest recipient of the Coalition Support Fund. It is in US interests to have an enduring partnership with Pakistan. He expressed his commitment by saying “I will continue to evaluate the efficacy of the mil-to- mil cooperation we have with Pakistan and identify ways in which we can work with Pakistan to enhance regional stability.”
Do more mantra was also evident as Dunford said the US assistance to Pakistan had enabled operations in Afghanistan and operations against Al Qaeda and helped secure its strategic interests. “If confirmed, I will continue to work with the Pakistani military to ensure that they continue to do more.”
His statement has come at a time China is supporting Pakistan in the development of infrastructure under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). One fears that the US once again wishes Pakistan to fight its proxy war rather than focusing of its economic development. For the implementation of projects under CPEC peace is the prime requirement, which can’t be achieved unless all the militants, be it foreign or funded by outsiders are weeded out.