Punish Pakistan to stop it from undermining US pursuits: Former Pentagon advisor

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By: PTI | Washington | Printed:February 24, 2017 1:37 pm A former Pentagon senior advisor says the Trump administration ought to take motion towards Pakistan to stop it from undermining the US’ curiosity. (File Picture)

The Trump administration, which is formulating its Afghanistan-Pakistan coverage, ought to droop Pakistan’s non-NATO ally standing and stop army assist and help funds to it to stop Islamabad from undermining America’s pursuits, a former prime Pentagon official has mentioned. “As step one, the Trump administration ought to droop Pakistan’s non-NATO ally standing and stop army assist and help funds,” Christopher D Kolenda, a Pentagon senior advisor from 2009-2014, mentioned in an op-ed highlighting the Pakistan coverage of duplicity in Afghanistan.

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“Let’s cease being manipulated by Pakistan. It’s time for america to revive dignity in its relationship with Pakistan,” he mentioned within the opinion piece revealed in The Hill. America ought to be ready so as to add extra penalties if vital if these actions won’t compel Pakistan to show towards the Afghan Taliban, he added.

Kolenda is presently an adjunct senior fellow at Centre for New American Safety (CNAS) and a senior fellow on the Heart for World Coverage.

Even underneath a sturdy US-led sanctions regime within the 1990s, Pakistan was supporting insurgencies in Kashmir and Afghanistan, whereas nonetheless pursuing their nuclear program, he famous. “These actions will, nevertheless, cease the mad apply of subsidising Pakistan whereas it undermines the US pursuits,” Kolenda asserted.

He mentioned that the US ought to come to grips with the truth that it can’t accommodate the competing pursuits of India, Pakistan, Iran, and others in Afghanistan and as a substitute, the US ought to again an Afghan declaration of regional neutrality in alternate for commitments of non-interference within the war-torn nation.

“A regional discussion board, maybe managed by the United Nations, might be wanted to observe and implement these agreements. This manner, no regional actor controls Afghanistan, and Afghan officers are much less liable to play regional powers towards the each other,” he argued.

The previous Pentagon official beneficial that America must also contemplate a “peace dividend” for Pakistan as soon as Afghanistan achieves sustainable peace.

“This might embody resumption of assist and help and consideration for a civil-nuclear settlement,” Kolenda mentioned.

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