Love or Hate?

(Picture in the preview has been taken from the following article:

Schmidle, Nicholas, The C.I.A.’s Maddening Relationship with Pakistan, The New Yorker, January 12, 2018

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-cias-maddening-relationship-with-pakistan)

 

This post isn’t about screwed university relationships and due apologies for those who were in search of some gossip that could’ve been a valuable addition to their lives.

It’s about our relationship with the Americans that cannot be categorized as a classic superpower – third world relationship.

For the past fifteen years, Pentagon officials along with White House personnel have tried their level best to portray thousands of US soldiers stationed across Afghanistan as saviors of the war-torn country.

From Tora Bora to Abbottabad, CIA with all its resources has never completely understood the Pakistani rationale and the fact that whatever happens, we are different from Afghans. Pakistan has been advocating for its fair share in the international arena with quiet apt demands for the past decade.

The infamous neologism which was known as Af-Pak back in Obama’s era was not just a miscalculation, in fact, the charming president started off on the wrong foot from day one. This might be one of the reasons that Mr. Trump had to practically abandon his internal white house crises and regular racial comments to announce the much-awaited policy with a surprise. Was it really a surprise? We knew Modi was coming but he came too fast I guess, Washington’s intentions of including Modi and his RAW spies into the game has proved out to be counterintuitive. It’s time that Americans should think differently and drop all analogies from Vietnam to Kuwait, the cold war is over and we need to move on. Everything that happens from Pyeongchang`s handshake to South American cartels isn’t necessarily against their interests.

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Well, Indian critics seem to take a lot of interest in our relationship with the CIA, but why? The dynamics are completely different, they don’t have Taliban or do they? In that case, maybe they are learning what cards to play when negotiating with Afghan intelligence. Our friends across Wagah aren’t aware of this unique relationship we have with 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

The geo-strategic shift in our part of the world is yet to bear fruit and one should wait, long enough till a new crisis starts and proxies emerge under the ambit of this deadly triangle.

-Shehryar Ejaz

 

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