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The revival of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group and a near-simultaneous flurry of drone strikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border have underlined the complexity of peace and security in Afghanistan.

 

When the US President Donald Trump talked tough on Pakistan, underlining a new South Asia policy many in Delhi were ecstatic. For the public, American presidential bashing of Pakistan was unprecedented.

 

It’s a scene that wouldn’t be entirely out of place in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.  Yet in this regional adaptation, the theatre of the absurd is relocated to Muscat and the elusive Godot is recast as the Afghan Taliban.

 
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US relations with Pakistan resemble a broken affair between two unequal partners which will neither be healed nor end in a settlement.

 
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Appearing on television on October 1, the ex-head of Pakistan’s ISI, General (retired) Ehsan-Ul-Haq, put forth a worldview that was far more inclusive than is usually enunciated on TV by retired army officers.

 
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Pak-US relations have been marred by ups and downs throughout the history. However, this bilateral relationship is now witnessing another downward tendency since US President Donald Trump has taken up the charge of affairs.

 
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Despite some hopeful signs of reconciliation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, it seems that the never-ending blame game that both countries are embroiled in will never stop.

 
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The comments were incendiary and call into question whether even the so-called adults in the administration of US President Donald Trump understand the extent to which their words can cause damage.

 

As part of the effort to get Pakistan’s support for stabilising Afghanistan, Washington is sending senior US officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis, to the region this month.

 

The US is feeling the South Asian heat. Not content with berating Pakistan for being a threat to regional peace and security — the Trump White House now appears to be huffing and puffing over our moves to mend regional fences, namely with Afghanistan.

 


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