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The Uncertain Kinship

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Message Muhammad Irfan

Now-a-days, the uncertain scenario prevails once again in the US-Pak affable kinship. In fact, this podium is replete with many zigzags since the inception US-Pak diplomatic relations in 50s. Similar to usual, the down-town in this proximity is gauged in the following manners: USA is wavering in return of Pakistan's quest for the delivery of F.16. This war machine in Pakistani view-point is said to have efficacy by dint of its tested agility against the militants in the porous terrains of FATA. The experts in the aerospace school of strategic thoughts also affirm it to be unique in the present 4.5 generation military assets. Contrarily, the US lawmakers suspect Pakistani demand and term it ambitious acquisition in South Asia. They argue that Pakistan while fighting militancy does not need F.16 a strategic hardware to be utilized only in the international theater. Hence, the suspicions and grudges on both sides are tangible. The other spectrum where the said uncertain scenario is realized is the Indo-US propinquity. In this phenomenon, the Indian side's bravado stances for enlarging the nuclear arsenal on one hand and the enhancement of anti ballistic missile system on the other are the direct outcome of the Indo-US proximity. Again this is a fork in the way both (Washington and Islamabad) sides cannot enjoy candidness profoundly because Pakistan is locked in the acerbic security dilemma. Obviously, the adventures that disturb Pakistani security calculus influence Islamabad's rationale behavior. Hence, the cracks erupt between the US-Pak relational milieus when Washington gets closer to New Delhi. Eventually, suspicions and odds take way in the diplomatic fraternity.

Accordingly, these are the prominent factors which have the negative impacts on the certain diplomatic closeness in the two capitals in the present scenario. This is really a pathetic situation that an analyst can observe in subject of US-PAK strategic kinship. For the foreseen apathy in the US-Pak friendly preferences, there are many reasons: firstly, the US policy shift in the foreign policy according to analysts heralds that Pakistan has lost the top-notch priority in the US policy making. Although Pakistan is not pursued as non-friendly state, yet US policy making have positioned it on the second line rather than the most preferred one. This is one reason the two sides are found slightly distant. Secondly, Pakistan's liaison with Haqani Group is often quoted in anti-Pakistani lobby in the international community. Therefore, Washington time and again asserts pressure on Islamabad to bend down to the adverse conditions. The impasse on the sale of F.16 is said to be a measurement, designed to convince Pakistan for further conclusive surgical strikes against the said Haqani network. Finally, the sympathies in the international relations are not the solid attributes one can ever expect. These alter in outcome with the change of interests. Same is the fortune of US-PAK diplomatic affinity.

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Muhammad Irfan has authored many books. He is an internationally recognized scholar. He has presented his papers in national and international conferences. He is also a freelance journalist and contributes to both national and international (more...)

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