In January 2018, the US suspended approximately $ 2 billion in bailouts for Pakistan on the pretext of not attacking terrorists in their country. Recently, some US legislators have backed President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend security assistance to the country as Pakistan continues to open the way for extremists who want to destabilize Afghanistan or attack India.
For years, US spending on Pakistan has been declining as it becomes increasingly clear that the two countries’ priorities do not match, and over the last six months, the government has taken steps to significantly accelerate this trend, said Congressman Ted Yoho when he chaired the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Foreign Affairs Committee Asia and Pacific.
Other lawmakers who joined Yoho to beat Pakistan included Congresswoman Dana Rohrabacher notoriously popular for Pakistan bashing. He said that Trump sent “a long, overdue message” to the clique that governs the day in Pakistan by suspending security. The clique that rules in Pakistan is a clique of Punjabis who rules with an iron fist, they are terrorists for their own people and they are corrupt.
Congressman Brad Sherman said the military seems to have the upper hand in Pakistan. “It influences or controls Pakistan’s foreign policy, especially with regard to Afghanistan and India, and also seems to play an overseas role in domestic politics.” Congressman Steven Chabot said America’s relations with Pakistan continue to be frustrated.
On the other hand, New Delhi is also obsessed with declaring Pakistan a terror sponsor, and as an extension of this policy, India is trying very hard to sell its narrative debt to Hafiz Muhammad Saeed as a terrorist. Ironically, India was in some ways successful in selling its story to the West through its lobbies. The voices of India and its Western comrades are constantly repeating pressure on Pakistan to crack down on Hafiz Saeed. There have been persistent efforts to influence the international community to make the Jamaat-Ud-Da’awa (JuD) of Hafiz Saeed Pakistan’s strategic capital.
In fact, there is no tolerance for militants and terrorists in Pakistan. This fact is reflected in the determination and successes of our security forces in the war on terror. The contributions of the Pakistani armed forces in this regard are unprecedented and exemplary. No one other than Pakistan recognizes militants and acts against them in the best possible way, operating on their soil, and so is Hafiz Muhammad Saeed. Pakistan has openly investigated Hafiz Saeed and his organizations under international regimes.
Pakistan showed its full readiness and intention to cooperate with India on this issue, and ordered judicial investigations. The courts in Pakistan are under their constitutional duty to uphold the rule of law without external pressure from any state institution.
Several arrests have been made in connection with the Mumbai attacks and Hafiz Saeed has been arrested in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1267 under Section 11-EEE (1) of the Anti-Terror Law. Three judges have ordered his release in November 2017. Ten months house arrest, since after hectic investigations no evidence against him or his political party and charitable organization could be found.
Another important aspect in Hafiz Saed’s case is his status as a terrorist and bounty or bounty of the US. And the open reality is that he is not an unknown person, nor is he hiding; Rather, he interacts with media and publicly holds processions. In addition, the US Rewards for Justice program only suspects Hafiz Saeed as a terrorist and does not explain it to one.
The program calls on the masses to bring evidence or reference against him to prove he is a terrorist. In a major development earlier this year, the US excluded Lashkar-e-Taiba from organizations Pakistan had to intervene under the US National Defense Authorization Act 2018. One of its facilities, the Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation (FIF), has offices throughout Pakistan and is evidently a charity working for the poor and vulnerable parts of society who are victims of disasters and conflicts.
As mentioned above, according to UN Security Council Resolution 1267, the Home Office put FIF on the watch list, which turned out to be a welfare society based on welfare and peaceful agendas. In this scenario, Indo-US propaganda gimmicks against Pakistan must be weighed in the light of facts and figures.
The anti-Pakistani propaganda either from India or from the West under the pretext of terrorism has no firm evidence. It must also be understood that unnecessarily growing links between India and the US will lead to a power imbalance in the region. In the greater interest of the region, the Trump government must adopt a balanced approach to South Asia and avoid forcing Pakistan after the vagaries and impulses of India.