Pakistan may block US Troops' supply path to Afghanistan

Pakistan       by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Pakistan by Mahmood Idrees | Published

Ties between the two countries have worsened since Donald Trump, in a New Year's Day tweet, accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States (US), Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has said Washington should cooperate with Islamabad to restore peace in Afghanistan. According to the spokeswoman, such a measure was a response to the local authorities' insufficient measures in the fight against terrorist groups. U.S. troops in Afghanistan are being supplied with food and military equipment by the routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan. But officials in Washington and Kabul have long held that Pakistan is playing a double game in Afghanistan given the country's ties to the Taliban's Haqqani network, which is responsible for several large-scale attacks on Afghan cities.

The question regional experts are now asking is whether the United States can punish Pakistan without punishing itself and vice versa.

Trump, in a strongly-worded tweet, said America had been "foolishly" giving aid to Pakistan for 15 years, but in return, it has only received "lies and deceit".

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Emphasising that the Taliban leadership has shifted to Afghanistan, the envoy said there was no safe haven for terrorists in Pakistan, as the country's armed forces had destroyed all terrorists' nurseries on their soil.

Center for a New American Security senior fellow Stephen Tankel warned that the crisis could lead to escalation between the two allies, although he said that would not necessarily be negative.

Ticked off by US President Donald Trump for not doing enough to crack down on terror, Pakistan has declared that it no longer has an alliance with the United States.

"I'm not opposed to the potential for escalating coercion with Pakistan, but that escalation should be well thought out in advance", Tankel told the Free Beacon.

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