アフガンテロリストへの対応をめぐりパキスタンと米国が激しい応酬: ずくなしの冷や水

2018年01月04日

アフガンテロリストへの対応をめぐりパキスタンと米国が激しい応酬

RT2018/1/4
'US scapegoating Pakistan over its own Afghanistan failure'
Washington is mistaken if it hopes to solve the problem in Afghanistan by placing blame on Pakistan, experts have told RT. If someone should want stability in Afghanistan, it is Pakistan.

Islamabad summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday over a tweet posted by President Donald Trump on New Year's Day. In his first Twitter salvo of 2018, the American president accused Pakistan of sheltering terrorists from Afghanistan, and passing on to the US “nothing but lies and deceit” in return for “33 billion dollars in aid.”

Military analyst Kamal Alam told RT the loss of American aid won’t pose a significant problem for Pakistan, since other players are becoming more prominent in the region.

RT:What’s your take on Donald Trump's latest tweet?

Kamal Alam: He’s made a few of these tweets before, last year, so it is not a complete surprise. However, the timing of it might be – given there might have been more pressing issues for the Americans. But I think they seem to be taking a very hard line on Pakistan and blaming Pakistan for failure in Afghanistan. Because the US policy is not working in Afghanistan, Pakistan becomes a good scapegoat for US failures.

RT:What do you think the result would be if the US withheld military aid to Pakistan?

KA: I think it won't be as significant, because US military aid to Pakistan used to be much more than it is now. It is only around $250 million. It used to be close to $2 billion. So this aid is not that significant in Pakistan's overall defense strategy. China is the biggest player in Pakistan. There are other countries like Turkey and Russia that are now becoming very close to Pakistan militarily. Overall the US influence will not decline. However, if this aid is cut it won’t have a massive impact on Pakistan, because it is looking elsewhere for its future.

RT: Would Washington seriously consider that, or is Trump's tweet more about diplomatic brinkmanship?

KA: I think it is more about diplomatic brinkmanship, because the US military really needs Pakistan. If you look at how many American generals travel to Islamabad every month – it’s more than most countries in the region. At any given one time you’ll have the head of the US central command in Islamabad or the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) commander from Afghanistan, or the head of the US Special forces. They really need the Pakistani military to work with them on the border, as well as intelligence sharing. So they can’t do without Pakistan in this war. The White House, Trump and his close advisors might tweet or say statements publically as Mike Pence did in Kabul as well two or three weeks ago. But the reality on the ground is that they need Pakistan and they can’t do without Pakistan.

Retired Pakistani army general Talat Masood has compared US policy on Pakistan and Afghanistan to that which it employed in Vietnam.

RT:How do you interpret Donald Trump's tweet?

Talat Masood: I think he is just trying to sort of express his frustrations. In fact, he is trying to place blame on Pakistan – to sort of shift the blame on exactly what the American policy has failed to do. They think that by placing blame on Pakistan they are going to solve the problem of Afghanistan – they are sadly mistaken. This is exactly the same policy that they pursued in Vietnam and they failed; the same policy that they have been pursuing in Afghanistan, where they have completely failed and having failed in the policy in Afghanistan, they try to place the blame on Pakistan. As far as Pakistan is concerned it is in the foremost interest of Pakistan to have stability in Afghanistan.

If there is one country which is most adversely affected by the poor conditions or instability in Afghanistan, it's Pakistan. How on Earth do they think that Pakistan would like to destabilize Afghanistan and not contribute towards efforts that would really stabilize and make Afghanistan a peaceful country? The problem is that, firstly, America thinks that it can win this war through its might and that will not succeed. It didn’t succeed in the past in any country with its mighty force, it will not succeed in Afghanistan.

RT: Do such statements diminish Pakistan's role in combating terrorism, or is the country really not doing enough?

TM: If you recall, Pakistan’s military has lost nearly 3,000 of its soldiers. And nearly 70,000 people in Pakistan have lost their lives as a consequence of fighting terrorism. What more do they want? Is there any single country which has suffered as much as Pakistan in trying to fight terrorism, which is actually brought to the region by the US, in fighting first the so-called Afghan jihad, and then trying to formulate a policy and fighting in Afghanistan against the Taliban after the events of 9/11.

It is the fallout from all these policies that Afghanistan today is suffering... Afghanistan itself does not have a stable government. Moreover, 13 percent of the area in Afghanistan, the Americans themselves say officially, is not under the control of the Afghan government and more than 30 percent is disputed areas. So if that be the case, why should anyone use Pakistan’s territory to launch attacks in Afghanistan?


RT2018/1/2
‘We’ll throw his aid in his face:’ Pakistanis slam Trump for his tweet as US halts $255mn aid
President Donald Trump’s tweet describing Pakistan as liars and cheaters has provoked a wave of public fury in the South Asian country as Washington moved to withhold aid to Islamabad.

On Tuesday, protesters rallied against Trump in the Pakistani port-city of Karachi, burning an effigy of the US president along with his portraits and US flags. Protesters marched through the streets of Karachi carrying placards and banners that read, “No more Trump!”

The public anger in Pakistan was provoked by Trump’s recent Twitter post, in which he accused Pakistan of harboring terrorist havens and threatened to cut aid to the South Asian country. The US “has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” he wrote.

“For the Pakistanis, it is actually quite demeaning to know that the President of the US tweeted something that is quite contrary to what is actually happening,” Muhammad Anas Khan, a law student from Islamabad told the Ruptly video agency. “Pakistanis have spent billions of rupees and sacrificed the lives of many soldiers for the war on terror,” which “impacted the whole world and wasn't just” some local conflict.

Some Pakistanis said US aid was, in fact, not as significant as Washington portrays it. “The aid they [the US] have given us is nothing compared to the huge human loss to us,” a local housewife, who identified herself only as Samina, said.

Others believe that Pakistan does not really need help from Washington. “We are not hungry for their aid,” Zeeshan, a civil servant, told Ruptly, adding that his country does not “need any kind of aid from anyone.” If Trump offers aid to the Pakistanis, they would “throw his aid in his face.”

Perhaps, though, it wont come to that, as Washington announced that it has decided cut financial support to Islamabad. "The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years," Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, told reporters Tuesday.

Haley again accused Pakistan of harboring extremists and said the US expects “far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism." Trump initially accused Islamabad of “sheltering terrorists” when he unveiled US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in August 2017. At that time, the US also withheld $255 million in military assistance until Pakistan did more to combat terrorism.

Islamabad has repeatedly dismissed US assertions that it's harboring terrorists and doing too little to fight extremists. Following Trump’s recent comments on Twitter, Pakistan convened an emergency cabinet meeting to establish the “difference between facts and fiction” in tandem with a parliamentary meeting to craft a joint strategy over the issue.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif further promised a “response” to Washington’s accusation. He later told local media that it's actually the US that's aiding terrorists making incursions into Pakistan. On Tuesday, Pakistan also summoned US Ambassador David Hale, although the details of that meeting have not yet been released.


RT2018/1/2
Islamabad summons US envoy, calls emergency meetings after Trump’s 'no more' tweet
Islamabad called an emergency cabinet meeting to establish the “difference between facts and fiction,” and summoned the US ambassador after Trump targeted Pakistan in his first tweet in 2018, accusing it of "lies and deceit."

The Pakistani government, led by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, is set to convene the emergency meeting shortly after US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that Pakistan had provided “nothing but lies and deceit” in return for vast amount of financial aid from Washington over the past 15 years.

In the tweet, Trump said the US “has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.” The government in Islamabad gives “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help,” the US president stated, adding: “No more!”

Apart from the emergency cabinet meeting, there will also be a parliamentary meeting to craft a joint strategy over the issue, Pakistan Today reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Pakistan’s army leadership is also set to meet soon, as the National Security Committee convenes an emergency meeting to be attended by top military officials, as well as high-ranked civil officials, according to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif took to Twitter to fire back at Trump’s outburst, saying that Pakistan would soon respond. “We will reveal the truth to the entire world. We will separate fact from fiction,” he wrote.

Speaking to local media, he accused the US of aiding and abetting terrorists that were making incursions into Pakistan. “US forces based in Afghanistan also overlooked safe havens of the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) which has killed thousands of Pakistanis,” he told a private TV channel, referring to a Taliban-affiliated militant group based in Pakistan’s volatile region bordering Afghanistan, as cited by the newspaper.

On Tuesday, Pakistan also summoned US Ambassador David Hale, the Deccan Herald reported, citing an embassy spokesman who confirmed that the diplomat had visited the Foreign Ministry but offered no details, adding: “We don't have any comment on the substance of the meeting.”

After the 9/11 attacks, Washington forged a strategic alliance with Islamabad to help its fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants. Pakistan also enjoys certain privileges as one of 16 US ‘Non-NATO Major Allies.’

However, relations between Washington and Islamabad began to sour after Trump took office. Last August, he unveiled the US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia, which slammed Pakistan for “sheltering terrorists” and threatened to reduce aid to the country if it continues to “harbor criminals and terrorists.”

At that time, Washington also decided to withhold $255 million in military assistance until Pakistan did more to combat terrorism. Islamabad responded to the move, saying it did not need the US aid.

Islamabad also dismissed US accusations of turning a blind eye to Islamist insurgency and lambasted Washington for neglecting civilians who have been killed on its soil because of American drone strikes.

FARSNEWS2017/12/31
Pakistan Warns US against Unapproved Military Operations
TEHRAN (FNA)- Pakistan's military warned the US against taking unapproved action against armed groups on its territory.

In what is seen as the strongest response yet to unilateral US military action on its territory, Pakistan military Spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor rejected the notion that Pakistan is not doing enough to fight armed groups, Islam Times reported.

"We have sacrificed a lot. We have paid a huge price both in blood and treasure," Ghafoor said. "We have done enough and we cannot do any more for anyone."

He said Pakistan would continue to fight armed groups in the region in Pakistan's self-interest, rather than at the behest of other countries.

"Had we not supported (the US), al-Qaeda would not have been defeated," he said.

Earlier this month Pakistan ordered its air force to shoot down any drones violating the country’s airspace, including those of the US military, which are deemed responsible for a high number of civilian deaths in the Asian state.

Islamabad has condemned US drone raids on Pakistani soil, describing them as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.

Washington’s drone operations are also highly unpopular among Pakistani people, who have held numerous protest rallies over the past years against the civilian deaths caused by such aerial assaults.

posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:18| Comment(2) | 国際・政治
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Terrorists are yours-USA!!!
Posted by デスラー at 2018年01月03日 10:18
デスラーさん、新年おめでとうございます。私は、元気に全身から緑の光(ラジゥム光)を出していますよ。米国と北朝鮮の核戦争は、あるのか?今年が米国にとつてのタイムリミットの年ですね。みなさん何が起こつても動揺しては、いけません。腹をくくりましょう。日本は、なにもできません。
Posted by 西 亨 at 2018年01月03日 12:41
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