The modern-day states are more concerned about their individual interests. They are following realism, an international relations theory which states that the ultimate purpose of the state is to gain more and more power. United States of America claims to be the real champion of peace and prosperity, but its credentials are not showing a positive picture. Though its forefathers fought for liberalism, but it seems to be a pure realist state. Its policies have caused more havoc than peace and stability on the nonviolent nations of the world. Its relations with Pakistan remained the victim of trust deficit. This deficit generated from the time Pakistan decided to plunge into war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989. After it ended, cleaning American mess became the responsibility of Pakistan.
The history of world was altered when 9/11 attacks occurred in US and the then incumbent Bush Administration sought assistance of Pakistan in destroying Taliban regime holding power in Afghanistan. Pakistan again blindly supported US Machiavellian policy in the region. Indeed, Pakistan should have learnt some lessons from war against USSR, but the respective governments knelt down to the needs of US for one more time and changed the state’s narrative in one night. The era of insurgency and war got back. Misconceptions among Pakistani people for the ruling elite, including military establishment, rose. Instead of getting support on the international level, everything belonging to Pakistan faced severe criticism. Pakistanis were, and are still, considered threats more than allies to America.
Nowadays, Pakistan is being exploited in the hands of US and its allies, majorly UK and India. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is playing second fiddle to US whose administration is trying hard to scapegoat Pakistan for its failure in a rogue state of Afghanistan. Even by investing trillions of dollars, it could not prevent the terror network consisted of some thousand terrorists.
Has FATF forgotten the role of US and UK in Iraq, where their involvement caused deaths of millions of innocent Iraqis? George Bush and Tony Blair did not face any inquiry even it was approved under the Chilcot Report that the war was started on false information. They conceitedly claimed that they did whatever was in the interests of their respective states. American involvement in Asia and Africa brought only destruction and humiliation. Amid this, Trump administration also forgot the role of India in promoting terror in the neighboring countries and stressed FATF to make Pakistan fall into its notorious ‘grey list’.
Trump, an ultra-right wing political leader, firmly believes that in the whole world it is only America that is a champion of human rights – the discourse preached by his predecessors, even knowing that this was the land where slavery was brought forth.
The recent move also showed the intentions of China and KSA that remained silent. Only Turkey supported Pakistan. Turkish support authorizes the fact that it is only Turkey that is an all-weather friend, which without any hidden agenda supports Pakistan and accepts its sacrifices openly and bluntly.
The reality of the matter is that Pakistani government remained botched in countering the narrative built by USA and India. It failed to expose Indian warring ambitions even after capturing its serving navy officer KulbhushanJadhav, who was the part of Indian terrorist program being operated from Pakistan’s western border.
The world has become a global village. States should be considered equal and giving priority to one over the other can sow the seeds of war. US should stop appeasing India and must not ignore the strategic importance of Pakistan. In spite of losing too much, Pakistan gained only disgrace from the war on terror and now its reentry in the notorious list of FATF will cause a crack in already tumbling Pak-US relations.