The protests were mostly led by the local leaders of the Jumat-e-Islami (JI) and Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (JUI) religious parties. She was scheduled to visit Pakistan this week. Across the country’s fractious political spectrum, leaders have raised a collective fist at Trump.
The report, quoting Khawaja, said that Trump was “not willing to accept Pakistan’s stance that India is harbouring terror havens in Afghanistan to destabilise the country”.
It is expected to send 3,900 additional forces to add to the 12,000 troops the US maintains in the country.
Many Americans simply view Pakistan as a major headache.
“No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service-members and officials”, Trump declared in his speech. Instead, Asif and other Pakistani leaders and officials are huffing to China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other comfort partners to try and make up for the downslide in U.S. ties with Pakistan. In the past, when pressure was exerted by the US on Pakistan for its support of the Taliban and other terrorist groups like the Haqqani network, those supplies were interrupted or convoys were attacked by Pakistani-sponsored terrorist groups operating inside of Pakistan.
“COAS said that Pakistan has already cleared all its areas indiscriminately and has started unilateral border security measures including fencing”, according to a statement by the media wing of the Pakistani military. “No country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism”, he declared. The US will learn what other empires have learned, “Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires”.
In tribal regions along the border, where US drone strikes have killed hundreds of suspected militants and civilians, one crowd of tribesmen chanted, “Long live Pakistan”.
About the Trump’s South Asia policy, Asif said it envisaged no military role for India in Afghanistan.
“If the USA doesn’t trust us, it should repatriate Afghan immigrants in Pakistan itself”, The Express Tribune quoted him as saying.
Pakistani officials took other steps to show their unhappiness.
The visit of Alice Wells, acting assistant Secretary of State for South and Asian Affairs, scheduled for Monday, would have been the first high-profile visit by a US official since Trump’s Afghan policy speech on August 21.
Nicholson told Kabul’s Tolo News on Saturday that Washington was aware of the Afghan Taliban leadership’s presence in the two Pakistani cities, adding that the United States military would continue to put pressure on Taliban sanctuaries inside and outside Afghanistan. But ignoring its circumstances would be disastrous for US security.
But despite the primetime address, Pentagon leadership still must hold several discussions, Manning said.
Pakistani newspapers ran headlines that blasted Trump as a hectoring bully but also published nuanced commentaries calling for pragmatism and patience. “The (Pakistani) ambassadors from important cities in the world would attend the conference to discuss the national and global issues”, he added.
Gen. Nicholson claimed that the issue of alleged terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan was being addressed “in private” by Islamabad and Washington.
“Trump’s threats are real”.
The Western scholars, he observed, “cherry-pick” information and apply different standards to Pakistan and India, while making such assessments.
Pakistan’s army chief of staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said Pakistan can not bring the Afghan war into Pakistan, apparently gesturing towards Kabul and Washington’s demands to eliminate the safe havens of Taliban and Haqqani network based in the country. “The U.S. calling for a deeper Indian footprint in Afghanistan sets off alarm bells across Pakistan”.
Both of them were in the capital of Tajikistan to attend the second high-level military leaders’ meeting on Quadrilateral Cooperation and Coordination Mechanism (QCCM) in counterterrorism by armed forces of Afghanistan-China-Pakistan-Tajikistan.
The speech left Pakistan hurt and angry.
Today, the dominant sentiment here is one of betrayal by an old friend that owes a large debt to Pakistan.
The visit by the Chinese official came as Pakistan asked the USA to postpone a visit by Alice Wells, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. “We don’t want anything but their respect. Afghan CGS agreed to the proposal and thanked COAS for his relentless efforts towards peace”, the statement added.