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Concessions to Pakistan is like offering matches to arsonist: US scholar to Biden Pakistan Terrorism
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Concessions to Pakistan is like offering matches to arsonist: US scholar to Biden

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 24 Nov 2021, 08:16 pm

Washington: A US scholar has asked President Joe Biden-led administration to stop offering concessions to Pakistan in exchange for counterterrorism cooperation, saying that “it is like offering arsonist matches and gasoline in exchange for a promise not to start fires.”

"To offer Pakistan concessions in exchange for counterterrorism cooperation ignores the last 20 years of bilateral relations. It's like offering an arsonist matches and gasoline in exchange for a promise not to start fires,"  In an opinion piece for Washington Examiner, Michael Rubin, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), wrote.

"The terrorism problem emanating from Afghanistan, however, pales in comparison to that of Pakistan," he wrote.

The scholar said the nexus of terrorism is now emerging from two Pakistani cities.

"The nexus of terrorism today is not in Kabul or Kandahar, but instead in Islamabad and Rawalpindi," the resident scholar added. "It is time for the White House and State Department to recognize the obvious: To Pakistani authorities, the fate of the murderers of Americans in Mumbai, Karachi, or Kabul is a barometer of American credibility."

"That they remain free suggests weakness. If Islamabad is to understand the depth of American anger and resolve, the targets of the over-the-horizon strategy should be those terrorists who believe their Pakistani residence or citizenship makes them immune from consequence," the US scholar said.

Afghanistan witnessed a change in its political scenario as the Taliban took control over the country on Aug 15 after entering Kabul.

The hardline Islamist group started taking control over the country in swift pace after foriegn forces started leaving the nation.