What’s behind US warming to Pakistan?
Pentagon justified its plan to help Pakistan saying: “This (the $450 million bundle) will maintain Islamabad’s functionality to fulfill the present and future counterterrorism threats by sustaining its F-16 fleet in addition to help American overseas coverage and nationwide safety targets by permitting interoperability in ongoing counterterrorism efforts and in preparation for future contingency operations.”
Ukraine’s Weapon Tracker, a twitter deal with that follows the utilization and seize of Ukraine’s army gear had reported about day by day flights of a UK Royal Air Power Globemaster to Rawalpindi and later related the journeys to weapons present in Ukraine whose packaging and make had been distinctly Pakistani-origin.
Keep in mind, Pakistan has been a significant non-NATO ally since 2002 though currently it has veered towards the China axis which in flip has introduced a ‘no limits’ partnership with Russia.
Khan can be faraway from energy months later in Pakistan’s first profitable no-trust vote. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief has not stopped blaming a “overseas conspiracy” for his ouster since then. He has additionally questioned why India is ready to pursue an impartial overseas coverage however not Pakistan – referring to New Delhi’s oil purchases from Russia regardless of western sanctions.
Some say it may be an acknowledgement for cooperating on the elimination of Al Qaeda mastermind Ayman-al-Zawahiri who was taken out by an American drone strike on 31 July, 2022, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Masood Azhar ‘intel’ an ‘eyewash’
Zawahiri was the successor of Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda chief who was behind the 2002 terror strikes on US soil. Laden was killed in Could 2011 by US Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan, which has lengthy been a protected haven for terrorists and their subversive actions.
The JeM chief Masood Azhar is believed to be working his terror manufacturing facility from Bahawalpur in Punjab province however Pakistan’s finger-pointing at Afghanistan may very well be an eyewash to get off the FATF gray listing ‘of disgrace’, to not point out financial hardship.
India believes Pakistan is making an attempt to tug the wool over the FATF’s eyes prefer it did within the Sajid Mir case. The wished terrorist within the 26/11 Mumbai assaults case was declared useless by Pakistan however was later abruptly discovered, arrested, and convicted on terror fees forward of the FATF meet.
Because the October plenary of the FATF approaches, Pakistan has tried to push the narrative of Azhar fleeing to Kabul final yr when the Taliban authorities changed the US-backed regime.
Taliban has rubbished the claims. Its Overseas Ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi stated, “We reiterate that IEA doesn’t permit any armed oppositions in its territory to function in opposition to another nation. We additionally name on all events to chorus from such allegations missing any proof and documentation. Such media allegations can adversely have an effect on bilateral relations.”
This offers a humiliation to Pakistan on a day when India additionally chastised it on the UNHRC saying it was “well-documented” that the most important variety of internationally proscribed terrorists has been working with impunity on Pakistani soil.