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US should not treat Pakistan as an ally as in reality it is a state sponsor of terror: Expert
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US should not treat Pakistan as an ally as in reality it is a state sponsor of terror: Expert

| @indiablooms | 30 Sep 2021, 11:49 am

Islamabad: A geopolitical expert has warned that the US government should not treat Pakistan as an ally as it is a state which is sponsoring terror.

In his opinion piece published in Washington Examiner, Michael Rubin said: "The bigger debate may be whether treating Pakistan like China would effectively cede Islamabad to Beijing."

"But this debate was before Sharif sold Pakistani sovereignty to China in 2013. The U.S. might work to make China’s alliance with Pakistan more expensive for both," he wrote.

"But the solution to this is not to treat Pakistan as an ally when it is in reality a state sponsor of terror. Nor is it to give Islamabad preferential military trade when it is in reality a liability," he said.

Rubin said: "While Washington need not bribe Pakistan any longer to maintain supply routes through Pakistani territory, Islamabad will still likely pressure the U.S. for concessions in exchange for overflight access to Afghanistan."

He said thousands of Americans are now dead because successive U.S. administrations trusted their Pakistani counterparts or turned a blind eye in exchange for Pakistan’s logistical assistance in Afghanistan.

"Over the years, however, Pakistan has also changed its diplomatic orientation. Beginning with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and continuing under Khan, Pakistan’s leaders have transformed Pakistan into a vassal of China," he said.

"For all of Khan’s talk of Islamophobia, his fealty to Beijing is such that he not only ignores China’s genocide against its Muslim Uyghur minority but also actively endorses it," Rubin wrote.

He said: "The irony is that as Pakistan aligns itself with China, it continues to enjoy the legacy of former President Pervez Musharraf’s cooperation with the U.S."

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