Calls for the Trump administration to get tough with Pakistan over its ambivalence toward the Afghan Taliban are misguided and likely to be counterproductive. The country has enough problems with Islamist terrorby Rupert Stone / March 10, 2017 / Leave a comment
Pakistan is in turmoil after a series of terrorist attacks killed more than 130 people in recent weeks. Its government has been quick to react, rounding up suspects and launching a major new paramilitary operation in Punjab. Tensions with the Afghan government also escalated when Pakistan blamed militants in Afghanistan for the attacks and shelled suspected camps across the border.
The new administration of President Donald Trump has largely remained silent throughout, and has yet to present its strategy towards Pakistan or its neighbour, Afghanistan. But, as Trump drags his feet, experts in the US are urging him to crack the whip. Recent articles in the American press have called for Pakistan to be punished for its support of the Afghan Taliban and similar groups. Frustration has been growing in Congress, too, which restricted military aid last year.
Pakistan has long been accused of aiding the anti-government insurgency in Afghanistan by granting members of the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network sanctuary…