Since the 2011 capture of Osama Bin Laden, concealed away in the outlands of Abbottabad, Pakistan, the U.S. has had their doubts about Pakistan’s alliance with the American government. With Donald Trump in power, unresolved questions and suspicions have escalated.
Washington raised the suspicions by denouncing Pakistan of playing a “double game,” in regard to Pakistan’s possible aid to the Taliban and association with the Afghani guerilla insurgent group, the Haqqani network.
In 2012, soon after the arrest of Bin Laden, Pakistani doctor Shakeel Afridi, was caught spying for the U.S. and sentenced to 33 years by the trial court for treason.
Pakistan, in turn, reminds the U.S. of their many losses contributed to the fight on terrorism as a coalition, but due to Washington’s allegations of betrayal, there has been speculation Pakistan might break ties with the U.S. in the near future.
The distrust between the two alliances heightened with the discovery of Bin Laden in 2011, and tensions have been on high since. There may be a chance the U.S.-Pakistan bond may never be the same again, especially after last Friday’s protest of Lahori students chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Trump.”
Donald Trump has also been accused of taunting the Pakistani nation with tweets. “[The tweets are] deliberate attempts to humiliate and insult the Pakistani nation,” declared by Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan, a former cricket player presumed to be the next leader of Pakistan. Khan also requested an immediate removal of “excessive U.S. diplomatic, non-diplomatic and intelligence personnel from Pakistan,” as well as retaliation.
I am expressing the sentiments of Pakistanis after the US has made Pakistan the scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/o1V16z6ABJ
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 5, 2018
“We are not used to it [ignorant Tweeting],” said one Pakistani government minister. “We were seriously shocked.”
If further hostility progresses between the U.S. and Pakistan, Khan will order land and air transport routes through Pakistan to discontinue temporarily. This route is used by the U.S. to supply NATO troops to Afghanistan, a critical aspect of the war on terrorism. But Pakistan will hold off on this command unless the U.S.-Pakistan alliance falls apart.
With the bond quickly falling out, Pakistan may soon turn to long-time friend and ally, China, who has been supporting Pakistan in a diplomatic and financial way. Trump had tweeted that the U.S. had foolishly aided Pakistan with $33 billion over 15 years and in return received “nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools” from Islamabad.
“You carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan from our bases, your forces were supplied arms and explosives through our soil, thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you,” Khawaja Asif tweeted in Urdu on Wednesday morning.
The suspension will remain in effect until Pakistan “takes decisive action” against groups, such as the Taliban, that is “destabilizing the region and targeting U.S. personnel.” Although Pakistan “certainly has been helpful in some instances, they are not taking steps they need to take to fight terrorists.”
Pakistan later agreed to cooperate, but would not “compromise on national interests and prestige.”
For the first time in history, Pakistan will officially commence “anti-Americanism” for the Pakistani people as a possible regulatory matter.
Financial aid has been erratic over the last several decades due to the September 11 attacks and Bin Laden’s seize. With radical religious ties in and among Pakistan and Afghani rebels, the trust and union between Washington and Pakistan may not recover. The youth of Pakistan is enraged, claiming vengeance when and if Trump, or America, unleashes an attack.