ISLAMABAD — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday at a time when relations between the 2 nations have sunk to a brand new low. The US final weekend canceled a $300 million Coalition Help Fund cost to Pakistan and on board the airplane to Pakistan, Pompeo introduced his appointment of an unpopular determine in Pakistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, as the brand new U.S. particular adviser on.
Pompeo mentioned he wished to “reset” strained relations with Pakistan, however the appointment of Khalilzad may complicate his job.
“He has been very important of Pakistan prior to now and his appointment won’t assist transfer issues ahead,” mentioned Zahid Hussain, protection analyst and writer of two books on militancy within the area:
Khalilzad was born in Afghanistan and served as U.S. particular envoy to the nation following the collapse of the Taliban from 2001-2003 after which U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan from 2003-2005. He has been important of Pakistan, usually blaming the nation’s deteriorating safety and country-wide chaos on Pakistan’s navy and highly effective ISI intelligence company, accusing them of harboring and aiding Taliban insurgents.
Throughout his go to to Pakistan, anticipated to final only some hours, Pompeo was to carry conferences within addition to the nation’s highly effective military chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and International Minister Shah Mehmood Quereshi.
Afghanistan and the prospects of a negotiated finish to the struggle are prone to dominate talks earlier than Pompeo leaves later Wednesday for neighbor India.
Whereas neither the U.S. nor Pakistan can afford an entire rupture in relations, Hussain mentioned Islamabad is pissed off that the connection has been lowered to a single level agenda: Afghanistan.
“The US appears solely to see Pakistan via the prism of Afghanistan,” he mentioned. “The principle factor is we want to be allies with the U.S. however with dignity.”
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