Donald Trump will have to embrace unilateralism against Pakistan: Husain Haqqani

When contacted by the PTI for clarification on his op-ed, Haqqani said, "I am predicting that the Trump administration will probably downgrade Pakistan from the status of major non-NATO ally."

By: PTI | Washington | Published:November 25, 2016 1:08 pm
US, US Pakistan, Pakistan terrorism, US Donald Trump, Trump Pakistan, Huassain Haqqani, World news, US News, Pakistan news Haqqani, the director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington, also said that getting the Pakistan policy right — including a review of the predicates for any aid — remains the key to US victory in Afghanistan.

Donald Trump will have to embrace “unilateralism” against Pakistan as President Barack Obama did when it hunt down Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, a former Pakistani diplomat has said, arguing that USD 33 billion of US funding has failed to change Islamabad’s policy on terrorism. Husain Haqqani, a former Pakistan ambassador to the US, also predicted that the Trump administration, which takes over in January, will downgrade Pakistan from its current status of a “major non-NATO ally”.

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“For the generals in Islamabad, and many civilian leaders, Pakistan’s competition with India justifies breaking promises with the US and continuing support for jihadist terrorism, from the Taliban to the Haqqani network, as part of its plans for regional influence to match India’s,” he wrote in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal yesterday.

“So USD 21 billion in funding under the Obama administration could not change Pakistan, just as USD 12.4 billion given to Pakistan under the Bush administration failed to shut down its terrorism incubators,” he wrote.

“(But) under President Obama, the US did manage to hunt down Osama bin Laden in his safe house in Pakistan, without Pakistan’s permission. The Trump administration will have to embrace similar unilateralism if and when needed, in addition to the almost inevitable downgrading of Pakistan from its current status as a major non-NATO ally,” Haqqani said.

Osama was killed less than a mile from Pakistan’s elite military academy in Abbottabad in a dramatic raid by US Navy Seals on May 2, 2011. The US conducted the highly secret operation unilaterally, without informing Pakistan government.

When contacted by the PTI for clarification on his op-ed, Haqqani said, “I am predicting that the Trump administration will probably downgrade Pakistan from the status of major non-NATO ally.”

Haqqani, the director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington, also said that getting the Pakistan policy right — including a review of the predicates for any aid — remains the key to US victory in Afghanistan.

Until the rise of Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan were the principal training grounds for Islamist terrorists, the former Pakistani diplomat said, citing almost all of al-Qaeda terrorists convicted in Britain since 2001, including the July 7, 2005, London Underground bombers and Dhiren Barot – the so-called “Dirty Bomber” – were trained in Pakistan.

He said the rise of global jihadism was made possible by America’s pre-occupation with current news while the Soviet bloc crumbled during the first couple of years of the 1990s.

“This time, the US should not ignore the Afghanistan-Pakistan theater because the brutalities of ISIS, and its proximity to Europe, are the immediate cause of concern,” he said.

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    MyTake
    Nov 25, 2016 at 11:27 am
    ...Problem with civilised people is that they think everyone else is civilised and that itself is a loop what uncivilised can successfully exploit. That's what happened with US and that's what has been happening with India for a long time. In fact stan has emplo its India experience on US on a different scale but as a product of same mindset! In worst case civilised world can think, given some "opportunities" stan will return to the civilised world not knowing stan's philosophy of life is totally different than the rest. It happens in school years and in child hood when world teaches humanity to children, stan teaches hate and violence to its children. When wiring is wrong how one can expect the circuit itself will behave like a normal one??
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      Aamir Khan
      Nov 25, 2016 at 10:11 am
      Mr Haqqani plz come to stan then we will let u know how to downgrade you........As far as India is concerned they are brave only in speaking...Till now they have given Zero damage to stan ..Modi and Govt making their people fool just to get a vote nothing else...dian people please understand this.....
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        DURAI
        Nov 25, 2016 at 10:57 am
        Please don't insult our intelligence !!!
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          Ingeborg Malik
          Nov 25, 2016 at 1:05 pm
          u r just like the rest of the Jihaidi rabble running around and wishing to go to Jannat for 72 Huren,you seem to be uneducated like the rest,instead of being proud of having a stani Academic Diplomat who has intelligence enough to call the child by its name.You yourself Sir also belong to the Terrorists roaming free in Terror Land called Porkistan and "Threatening" another Intelligent person for making some critical remarks on stan which has decided to live in Denial Modus for all Posterity.If you have the GUTS then go to USA and seek him out there and DOWNGRADE him there in his House just like the Americans "Downgraded" Osama your HERO
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            l s
            Nov 25, 2016 at 9:52 am
            $ 33 billion, that is the money to this rogue terrorist country in the guise of an ally.lt;br/gt;Not only Americans are crooked but at times MAD. See what they made of this terror ridden country. Indirectly gave them latest weapons, funds and what not. Without American money, stan would not be what it is today. America is responsible for all this rot in stan. Now, they run away from realty.
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              Priyank
              Nov 25, 2016 at 8:13 am
              The US funded the killing of their own soldiers in Afghanistan for over a decade by giving aid to papistan even though they knew about it.
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                singh
                Nov 25, 2016 at 8:41 am
                Mr. Haqqani calls the things as he sees them. That's the reason why s don't like him.
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                  Khan
                  Nov 25, 2016 at 8:45 am
                  Well, stan has already downgraded you from being its ambador to the USA to being a wanted CIA agent!
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