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WASHINGTON: Designating Pakistan as a state sponsor of terrorism is unwise in the first year of a new administration, but should be kept as an option for the longer term, says a report by a dozen US think-tanks and universities.

The report advises the Trump administration to “state up front that it intends to review the intelligence on Pakistani involvement in supporting terror much more critically than its predecessors.”

Scholars and experts from Asian Studies Centre, The Heritage Foundation; Georgetown University; National Defence University, New America; Hudson Institute; Brookings Institution; Centre for Strategic and International Studies and the Middle East Institute jointly compiled this report that includes recommendations for the Trump administration, which took oath on Jan 20 and has not yet spelled out its Pakistan policy.

The report argues that US engagement with Pakistan must be based on a realistic appraisal of the country’s policies, aspirations, and worldview.

“The US must stop chasing the mirage of securing change in Pakistan’s strategic direction by giving it additional aid or military equipment. It must be acknowledged that Pakistan is unlikely to change its current policies through inducements alone,” the report adds.

The working group which compiled the report wants the US to recognise that its efforts over several decades to strengthen Pakistan militarily have only “encouraged those elements in Pakistan that hope someday to wrest Kashmir from India through force.”

The group acknowledges that there is no silver bullet that can change decades of Pakistani policy, but a tougher stance could persuade Pakistan to cooperate with the United States.

The report urges the Trump administration to “avoid viewing and portraying Pakistan as an ally and to deal with it as a non-ally, which has engaged in supporting the Afghan Taliban.”

But the scholars concede that Pakistan is an important country that is willing to cooperate occasionally and partially with the United States. So “it cannot be treated… in the same way the US deals with North Korea.”

Advising the new administration on how to deal with Pakistan, they argue: “As a first step, the US must warn Pakistan that its status as a Major Non-Nato Ally is in serious jeopardy. Unless Pakistan takes immediate steps to demonstrate that it fully shares US counter-terrorism objectives, the US will revoke (this) status within six months.”

At the same time, the administration should maintain the option for Pakistan to be an ally of the United States in the future, the reports.

And if Pakistan behaves, as desired, it should be offered “a package of trade and investment cooperation” as “a key building block” of a new alliance.

The report also wants the administration to “prioritise engagement with Pakistan’s civilian leaders,” noting that the Pakistani civilian government under Prime Minister Sharif is trying to correct the country’s direction.

The Sharif government’s important first steps toward signalling a more moderate and tolerant course for Pakistani society “must be recognised and encouraged by the international community,” says the report.

The scholars also want the Trump administration to work with China and Gulf Arab states to persuade Pakistan to stop tolerating terrorist groups and individuals.

“The US must lead efforts, including at multilateral forums, to sanction Pakistani terrorist groups and individuals. In particular, Washington must seek to work more closely with China, which shares concerns about the presence of terrorist groups in the region and the threat they pose to the proposed China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC),” the report ads.

Published in Dawn February 7th, 2017

Comments (280) Closed

desi dimag Feb 07, 2017 11:21am

So the USA aware of Pakistan and its policy.

Khawja Azizuddin Feb 07, 2017 11:25am

The approach sugested through collective stratigy by think tank to advise president Donald Trump is not only misguided but will backfire due to its myopic and unrealistic assessment. The message comes across as promoting India agenda and that would result in pushing Pakistan against the wall without securing expected outcome. Based on the history the use of tranctional engagement have diminished US creditability in the eyes of common man across the entire spectrum of the country. In view of emerging geopolitical realities and regional importance it will be in American interest is to build the trust deficit and look for relationship based on mutual respect and recognition of mutual security interest.

Faisal Feb 07, 2017 11:42am

Pakistan should always keep its own interest first. Time to change its alignment if USA tries to boss around. Change with Time is a necessity.

Haider Feb 07, 2017 11:39am

Trump is in a mess at home. He will keep himself busy in internal problems. He wont be available for the next 4 years.

deepu Feb 07, 2017 11:40am

Tough time ahead for Pakistan.

Parvez Feb 07, 2017 11:44am

This will definitely work......because most of our politicians, bureaucrats, military high ups and the elite have their families in America .......and not all of them are dual citizens.

myth Feb 07, 2017 11:45am

USA at its best. Soon USA will be history.

Anuj Feb 07, 2017 11:51am

@myth and who'll do that ?

Samrat Feb 07, 2017 11:49am

@myth says who ?

ali Feb 07, 2017 11:51am

sound analysis after seeing ground reality

Sohan Feb 07, 2017 11:49am

Trump is working with SQUARE ONE approach vis a vis Pakistan. Pakistan needs to start making some good choices now to reap the benefits of future US policies.

I KHAN Feb 07, 2017 12:01pm

We have been working hard to defend everyone else interest who have been generously paying us. Pakistan has always been second on its own foreign policy since its inception. Political power though exist has always been week and set aside in time of major decisions. Basically few people decided faith of this country and they were not even elected. We are worried about what US says but not worried were we as a nation going. I hope this is changes but not because US says but because we stop being self righteous and look at our situation rationally rather then emotionally.

aBDULLAH aBDULLAH Feb 07, 2017 12:01pm

@Haider There is special departments for this job, It has nothing to do with Trump himself. He won't do anything - his departments will review Pak policy and take appropriate action on time.

aditya Feb 07, 2017 11:59am

Behave or Else..get to it.

Ravi Feb 07, 2017 12:06pm

Old wine in New trump bottle

aditya Feb 07, 2017 12:04pm

@myth USA has the strongest economy on the planet..and BTW its energy independent.

Nadeem Feb 07, 2017 12:16pm

What about US itself? Is it different from Pakistan in any aspect! No, not at all. Past is over & Pakistan has suffered the most. Now, it would be better to end hypocrisy. Work to gather caring each other & if not possible. The US please leave us alone. Thanks. From An ordinary Pakistani.

immo Feb 07, 2017 12:27pm

the only country who is going to be isolated under trump rule is USA itself, it is going to be fun to see how state department will have to give explanations about trumps narcissistic attitude State department is going to look like MQM rabta committee after Altaf Hussain crazy speeches saying that his speech was taken out of context

M A Hussain Feb 07, 2017 12:23pm

USA has nothing to do with CPEC. Why are they trying to gate crash here?

immo Feb 07, 2017 12:25pm

Trump is going to be blessing in disguise for Pakistan and Muslims

ShashiKumar Feb 07, 2017 12:30pm

Wake up!!! understand the reality. Thoughts are based on recommendation and not by someones whims& fancy "Scholars and experts from Asian Studies Centre, The Heritage Foundation; Georgetown University; National Defence University; New America; Hudson Institute; Brookings Institution; Centre for Strategic and International Studies and the Middle East Institute jointly compiled this report"

Princess_of_DHUMP Feb 07, 2017 12:31pm

Being non NATO ally got us nothing. I will be happy with this arrangement. Bye Bye Uncle Sam

mo Feb 07, 2017 12:29pm

Same old story, nothing has changed.

RIZ Feb 07, 2017 12:30pm

@desi dimag that's why USA is called "SUPER POWER" good recommendations by US think tanks for new US govt.

Akram Feb 07, 2017 12:39pm

Pakistan has been through many "isolation" policies in the past. Bring it on.

Anees Feb 07, 2017 12:37pm

And they are not wrong. Pakistan need to change its course, its track, its stance on corruption, religious intolerance, minority's rights, rulers involvement in corruption.

yakub Feb 07, 2017 12:40pm

is there. any truth in the US thinking or are they completely clueless about what is reality? that is the most important take away from. this

Hamza Piracha Feb 07, 2017 12:50pm

China is in the process to emerge as the next super power but for now it is the US. Pakistan should play safe through diplomacy in order to avoid any unfavorable circumstances from any of the two giants.

Syam Feb 07, 2017 12:56pm

Mr. President, Pakistan has CPEC. Mind it.

B.V.SHENOY Feb 07, 2017 12:59pm

@Ravi Or you can say, 'old tune in a new trumpet'!!!!!

A. A. Feb 07, 2017 01:01pm

US can only threaten, but that will solely put Pakistan in the Chinese and Russian basket with US losing any leverage with Pakistan (if it exists). Time for Pakistan to play "smartly" (as Trump would say) and not get too worried with what the USA wants Pakistan to deliver. Pakistan first, and may be Netherlands second :).

Imran Feb 07, 2017 12:56pm

Shut the door to USA, Open the door to China.

RAVEENDRA NATH Feb 07, 2017 01:03pm

In order to improve, one should self-introspect and try to find what is wrong(s) with oneself. Once finding that there is something lacking, one should strive to achieve what is lacking and for that there is nothing wrong in listening to different views including criticism. It is time for Pakistan to admit that there are many wrongs and should strive to correct the wrongs instead of taking an ostrich approach.

SAM Feb 07, 2017 01:07pm

@desi dimag "So the USA aware of Pakistan and its policy" As the same it is aware of Indian policy also, no more H1 visa

SAEED MASOOD Feb 07, 2017 01:06pm

Lets wait and see..Uncle Sam has no choice without Pakistan America cannot stay in this area..

Jehanzeb Idrees Feb 07, 2017 01:10pm

Indian lobby in anction - any word that involves Kashmir in India's favour substantiates that.

America's 10000 troops in Afghanistan would be badly surrounded with hostile countries from the Mediterranean to the Arabian sea - Trump administration needs to look inward to bridge the ever-widening divide instead of acting up bullying nations outside.

In India's case they are at least 20 years late in cozying up with the Yankees and that too in its most vulnerable time when from Latin America to Far-East to Middle-East, nations are standing up to US hegemony - India's choice of forging this new alliance, at this point in time, might very well isolate them in the future.

As for trade routes, India should remain well-assured that its natural and historic routes on the West are permanently blocked by Pakistan and China. For now, it can rely on sea-lanes for as long as it lasts as Straits of Hormuz is not too far away from Gawadar nor is Hambantota.

Surya Kant Agrawal Feb 07, 2017 01:04pm

Very candid and honest appraisal.

lost cause Feb 07, 2017 01:05pm

It is for the first time US seems to have understood the policy of Pakistan.

SAM Feb 07, 2017 01:12pm

@RAVEENDRA NATH And our dear friend India is always right nothing wrong about India. Congratulations have a nice life.

China-Beijing Feb 07, 2017 01:16pm

Isolate Pakistan? Can the Americans be more naive? Except its few loyal lapdogs: Japan, Australia, etc., any other countries will follow the US ? I guess no.

The Americans still live in the past. They failed to realize that the world has changed, the US doesn't have the dominant power any more, and never again!

Farooq Khan Feb 07, 2017 01:13pm

Yes, that is the same report which was compile about Libya, Iraq and Syria.

SAM Feb 07, 2017 01:20pm

Pakistan is done with America and we have passed America to India and most likely In few decades India will pass America to Bangladesh. For Pakistan it is CPEC and India will also enjoy the benefits in few decades from now.

Ali Feb 07, 2017 01:16pm

How are we keeping our interests first with China? The biggest winner of CPEC is china which is providing loans to be repaid by Pakistan over next several decades. The energy prices have been fixed to be the highest in the world. This will drive local industry into the ground. Anyway, sane voices in Pakistan are fast becoming missing voices. The heard has decided the China way so it will walk that walk.

pk Feb 07, 2017 01:24pm

US has no intrest in Afghanistan if situation in Afghanistan is normalize.

Qwert Feb 07, 2017 01:25pm


Qwert Feb 07, 2017 01:26pm

@Khawja Azizuddin WELL SAID

immo Feb 07, 2017 01:24pm

american incompetence baffle me

skumar Feb 07, 2017 01:29pm

nowhere it is mentioned isolation as a policy approach ! may be tougher engagement .

Aniket Rastogi Feb 07, 2017 01:32pm

@Faisal Still not Pakistan first for Pakistan Government. You were not yet out of the dirt pit called United States, but fell into other one called China. Same people who have been praising CPEC here in the comments will talk trash in a year about China for the high cost. Few members of the pakistani government agencies have criticised (assuming some to be political stunts). You need to realise that you're being used and drained of your resources. Until the people wake up, keep dreaming of changes.

Khalistan Feb 07, 2017 01:35pm

Bad planning. A lot of supply routes of NATO can also be "isolated" too. Should work with Pakistan and for peace, not against either.

rajendran Feb 07, 2017 01:33pm

US domination will not reduce so soon like any other empires of the past. This is because it is a country that continues to attract the best and creative mind, the system and process that encourages people to reinvent themselves and embrace new ideas and the communication skills to sell and market their ideas, brands and culture. It is the process that is moving this country forward and not few individuals. I cannot think of any other country opening doors to foreigners to come and become of part of their country and prosper

Amir Khan Feb 07, 2017 01:42pm

The next great game is about to unfold. The US is a waning power and cannot last forever. Those who conveniently forget kindly remember the Egyptian, Persian, Roman.,Greek and British Empire. Pakistan however needs to put its own house in order and accept the fact that association with US amy not last much longer. Therefore it is imperative to establish and enhance fresh alliances and partnerships. Russia, China, Turkey, Arabian Gulf, Iran and Central Asian Republics offer opportunities. The focus must be on strengthening the economy, investment, trade, education, transfer of technology, knowledge based industries and enhancing and diversifying our export range. We must shift to value-added exports to climb the ladder of development. Credible defence with proven deterrence and backed by a top notch arms and ammunition manufacturing capacity and capability must be pursued by successive Governments. Finally appoint an effective and capable Foreign Minister to present Pakistan abroad.

Syed Ahmed Feb 07, 2017 01:48pm

@aditya what is mean by else? Could you clarify your mind set

Dr. SalariA, Aamir Ahmad Feb 07, 2017 01:52pm

What a silly joke?

Guest Feb 07, 2017 01:50pm

@SAM You are right, This may be Trump's ploy to get permission to build many many trump towers along the world's most desirable road planned as part of CPEC.

Canadian Feb 07, 2017 02:05pm

The pigeon closes its eyes and is convinced that the cat has disappeared !

Shahzad S Iqbal Feb 07, 2017 02:16pm

Its high time the US Administration from past experience learns that it is not correct & logical to expect indefinite subservience from any country. Pakistan is 2/3rd the size of the US, Pakistan has food security, Pakistan has nuclear weapons and missile program, Pakistan has professionals in every field etc hence just because of poor leadership of the past 4 odd decades does not mean Pakistan can be taken for a ride. The US must engage Pakistan because it is a country that has full potential to play a larger regional & international role in times to come....

Jai Hindu Feb 07, 2017 02:18pm


raja Feb 07, 2017 02:17pm

USA is clearly frustrated as Pakistan is not willing to take any more so called aid which was used for bribes any ways. Also Pakistan is building positive relationships with China and Russia which ignoring USA's wish to stop making cpec. Now it's getting very hard for USA to digest cpec.

raja hindustani Feb 07, 2017 02:31pm

Once CPEC start, pakistan will no longer isolated. Every country of the world with try to join CPEC and pakistan will be eye candy for the whole world.

BAXAR Feb 07, 2017 02:32pm

US seems as confused as our rulers, about how to deal with Pakistan, reaping maximum benefit from it without giving anything in return. Looks like neither of them have a clue about dealing with a nation in it's entirety.

Nazia Feb 07, 2017 02:33pm

90% of this music to ears. TOE should be followed by a structural framework which should be goal specific.

Nazia Feb 07, 2017 02:34pm

@I KHAN what foreign policy?

Nazia Feb 07, 2017 02:35pm

@immo I would slightly ammendment this. A blessing for Pakistanis only, if this plan is followed through

Jamil Feb 07, 2017 02:38pm

@RAVEENDRA NATH Same applies to India. It should revisit its Kashmir policy and resolve it according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir. This will bring about durable peace and accelerated economic growth in the entire region.

Badshah Feb 07, 2017 02:45pm

The report also wants the administration to “prioritize engagement with Pakistan’s civilian leaders,... that is the need of Pakistan as a state and of its people. we want accountability in all respect where the BOYS are free from this practice. Enlightened and modern nation will emerge having soft and broad opinion in all walks of life by strengthening civilian government and ensuring accountability for all institutions.

Modified Feb 07, 2017 02:48pm

Hope it will work this time

Pakistani Feb 07, 2017 02:48pm

Perhaps the think tanks should think about proposing the implementation of UN Resoultions on Kashmir.

Raja farhat Abbas Feb 07, 2017 02:51pm

@aditya ...Bullies and their allies can blow hot air and cold air,they will never worries us,GOT IT !!.

BAXAR Feb 07, 2017 02:57pm

@Canadian "The pigeon closes its eyes and is convinced that the cat has disappeared !" You must be talking about the fall of Berlin wall and subsequent dismantlement of USSR. Siberian cat is back and the pigeon looks perplexed. Sorry, if I missed your point, but it also fits with your allusion.

kkl Feb 07, 2017 02:52pm

He is not a politician and has very direct approach on looking at issues. He will create ripples across world with his uncanny moves and direct countering of issues...World has a mindset to do politics on everything but this guy is different and he may not be able to solve most of the issues but for sure it will benefit countries who can make good use of him.

Najum Feb 07, 2017 02:53pm

Pakistan is not an ally of the US. It never was. Only Washington believes it that way.

saagar Feb 07, 2017 02:58pm

@I KHAN and all the mighty people in power have been making money by toeing US lines.No one bothers about country and its common citizens.

MohammedP Feb 07, 2017 03:05pm

@SAM decades .... u mean months

SAEED MASOOD Feb 07, 2017 03:11pm

Its too late Uncle Sam, now America cannot catch Pakistan except with honest friendship...which Trump can do because he is trying do everything in a different manner...

Raja farhat Abbas Feb 07, 2017 03:09pm

@deepu ..That's what you hope and think,typical Indian timid mind set,

Rajesh Khanna Feb 07, 2017 03:14pm

@myth many people have tried this, its not easy......

Afzal Nadir Feb 07, 2017 03:10pm

we have sacrificed our 50k plus people including security personnel in the war of others, basically it was not our own war but we put it up and fought and paid very high price. The world and specially the US not only accepting our sacrifices but also ridicule of us by demanding do more.

Shoukat Feb 07, 2017 03:11pm

As for Pak-America relations are concerned it may the best policy.

Waaris Feb 07, 2017 03:17pm

Pakistan badly need something like BREXIT to get out of the influence of America. Enough of unnecessary interference and enough of dictation from the Americans!!

Haroon Khan Feb 07, 2017 03:17pm

Trump is Isolating USA more and more by cancelling trade deals and spoiling alliances. If this keeps on going like this, USA will be the one isolated by the time of next US elections.

Arshad Feb 07, 2017 03:19pm

Since her founding Pakistan has been a target for acts not done by her. Because of India's enmity Pakistan joined the western group and has has serve America fully & wholeheartedly to provide shield against Russian advance towards Indian ocean. Had Pakistan not helped west in this regard the geopolitical situation of the region would have been different. The west and especially America should accept this is reality instead making Pakistan a target all the timee. Its high time some think tank does a research with this aspect in view.

ABCD Feb 07, 2017 03:22pm

And Tom and Jerry game will go on.

Arshad Mahmood Feb 07, 2017 03:28pm

No country is prepared to compromise its defence & US is likely to be worse off if it acts on this advice. Pakistan has been staunch american friend whilst India likes to keep its feet in two boats.

America must remember that India will not choose America over Russia.

Bishan Feb 07, 2017 03:29pm

It's not Trump who is saying this but a high grade professional group of people. Contents are self-evident, not cotrived. Indeed, right+thinking Pakistanis should be thinking on the same lines.

SAif zulfIqar Feb 07, 2017 03:35pm

Whoever is President of US, he will always need Pakistan's support in this region. Look at the history of these two countries since 1947.

007 Feb 07, 2017 03:29pm

The day is not far when United States itself would face isolation. China is a legit superpower and there is nothing they can do to stop them from spreading their influence

SID Feb 07, 2017 03:36pm

@A. A. If USA put sanction on Pakistan, half of the chinese company will be out of US business delegate list ( just like they did with Iran) . So China will never mess with USA for the sake of Pakistan. They are in Pakistan for business brotherhood in business.

Ahmed bin Babar Feb 07, 2017 03:35pm

Hands off Pakistan, hands on india for its refusal to resolve the Kashmir issue..!

Reader Feb 07, 2017 03:38pm

Option for Pakistan is to go for regional integration excluding India. Pakistan China alliance has outmaneuvered Indian mantra of Isolation. Sorry US thank tanks, you are a bit late to act on Indian recommendations.

Muhammad Feb 07, 2017 03:48pm

I am loving the comments made by some Indians here . "Shah say zyaada shah kay wafadar"

R.Kannan Feb 07, 2017 03:43pm

The US think tank has given a realistic picture. However, Pakistan has always been left off the hook by successive US governments. Time will tell if Trump does the same thing or brings a different approach. For Pakistan, the simple course would be to stop backing terrorists.

raj Feb 07, 2017 03:46pm

@PrincessofDHUMP Ask your millitary and rulers, if they are ok with this arrangement or not. Your opinion doesn't matter, that will change with your government opinion.

narejo Feb 07, 2017 03:51pm

So big names and so cheap assessment and policies, doean't live to the exoectations of ordinary mind like me. Was dat study financed by indians? U forgot presller amendment and outcomes?

ZAIN KHAN Feb 07, 2017 03:51pm

@deepu . Don't think so deepu, wishful thinking of an Indian mind.

Apache_indian Feb 07, 2017 03:52pm


You have received billions in aid (military and otherwise) from the US. Let me know when either Russia or China lends you one penny.

At the end of the day your (and that of humanity) is served better by aligning yourself with secular, liberal democracies and becoming one yourself.

Gerry D'Cunha Feb 07, 2017 03:59pm

Majority of Americans are happy with trump immigration policy and his positive thinking of their country to safe guard them

Guest101 Feb 07, 2017 04:04pm

All of these think tanks operate under the influence of one country , that wants US to do its heavy lifting. PK has always supported US as far as "direct" US interests are concerned.

srini Feb 07, 2017 04:02pm

Finally a realistic thinking approach. But it may be too little too late.

sheryaar Feb 07, 2017 04:01pm

@R.Kannan and for india the best would be to stop terrorist activities inside pakistan . the culprit in this region is India only and this is known by every one ...

BAXAR Feb 07, 2017 04:04pm

@Bishan "It's not Trump who is saying this but a high grade professional group of people" An equally, or higher grade professional group of people, is saying that Trump's election was manipulated and controlled by Russians. Putting both groups' sayings together, US is very clear and confused. What do we get when someone is clear and confused at the same time? Clearly confused or an oxymoron? I would gladly omit the oxy part.

Abdul Majid Sheikh Feb 07, 2017 04:08pm

This possible policy makes sense ONLY after the USA first disengages from financiers of terror, namely Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States, India and even the USA itself. Does that make sense??

Ahsan Ali Feb 07, 2017 04:14pm

why USA analysts forget to mention the terrorism by indian army on people of Kashmir.

mussa khan achakzai Feb 07, 2017 04:15pm

USA have good think-tanks but Pakistan?

mussa khan achakzai Feb 07, 2017 04:12pm

USA have good think-tanks but Pakistan?

Akil Akhtar Feb 07, 2017 04:18pm

A country supporting ISIL in Syria is pointing fingers at others......It is just a strategy to target Pakistan next after destroying Iraq, Libya and Syria. Pakistan and Turkey are next.

Pakistani-Khi Feb 07, 2017 04:25pm

Terrorism is terrorism, no matter promoted by any religion or country. Soon India tactics and support to terror activities to its rivals will appear in front of the world as well. The above report is clearly understood that it may be presented by one of Indo-American decedent showing Indian Agenda!

slimebay Feb 07, 2017 04:27pm

Tough time ahead for Pakistan...

Indian4rmblore Feb 07, 2017 04:25pm

Very tough days ahead for Pakistan, get ur policy rite, let's work with all SAARC nations

Muhammad HAFEEZ Feb 07, 2017 04:28pm

@deepu We the Pakistan nation is so strong and united against any pusher or attacker you Indians have experience in the past and in future you or any one else will also receive strong answer from the whole nation

khanm Feb 07, 2017 04:32pm

Call us a terrorist at your convenience...Wake up Pakistan...time for a permanent divorce, this love and hate relationship has to come to an end...So you're a fellow mercenary, then." "Does this mean you'll afford me some professional courtesy?" "Don't ask for that. All it means is that you might get to face the person who kills you. . . But only if it's convenient.

mojazze Feb 07, 2017 04:51pm

It seems to be the same old story coming out of US but just another day

khurram Feb 07, 2017 04:58pm

Yes, empowering democracy in Pakistan would be a win-win situation for both countries.

amir ali khan Feb 07, 2017 04:54pm

Pakistan should expect a 'more of a stick than carrots' policy.

Iftikhar Husain Feb 07, 2017 04:59pm

Keep the relations with China strong because they are reliable partner.

Usman Feb 07, 2017 04:59pm

what a bias one-sided view. what about the involvement of other side especially in FATA and balochistan kulbhushan yadav as a proof

Hassan Feb 07, 2017 05:00pm

@Anuj Who broke the then super power USSR???? anything possible and the kind of mess US is in right now i see it here....

Hammad Feb 07, 2017 04:57pm

Whether we Pakistanis like or not Trump admin is going to put severe conditions on Pakistan soon.

Wise Feb 07, 2017 05:01pm

Anything US does to mess up Pakistan will have immense consequences in the region. Many Indians commenting on things board fail to recognize it. Watch what you wish for. A rational citizenry capable of pushing its leaders towards peace is the only solution.

aslam shaikh1 Feb 07, 2017 05:06pm

Whatever Pakistan does and no matter how much we sacrifice, US will always ask us to do more.

ga Feb 07, 2017 05:06pm

it's not about Pak. It's about China.

M.S. Feb 07, 2017 05:10pm

The same policy faild for Russia and if applied on Pakistan; will produce opposite results of what US administration is thinking. This means that US has very little understanding of real Pakistan.

Ahsan Gul Feb 07, 2017 05:12pm

Let us not kid ourselves there are truths in this report. We need to to be realistic about our politicians, leaders and the way our country is running. We have terrorism, corruption, nepotism, hopelessness in our public. Nothing from airlines to the basic public needs are being provided by this and previous governments properly. We have been living in our own world and the rest of the countries are passing us by.
USA, china or Russia will engage with us based on their own needs and benefits. Dictator Zia's government has taken our country far back by collaborating with USA and Saudi Arabia to drive USSR out of Afghanistan. Zia has introduced madrassas and Saudi Arabia has financed them. The country's educated are far away from those middle class or illiterate class people who only think that country can progress just by following Islamic rules and not by working hard.
We need true reality assessment to create environment for progress.

Shah Feb 07, 2017 05:14pm

Pakistan doesn't care what USA will say or do, USA needs Pakistan for staying in Afghanistan, we dont need them anymore, USA is no more primer arm supplier to Pakistan, they already have reduced the coalition support fund to minimum and other restrictions on Pakistan. China is much bigger player in world now and icing on cake is Russia is warming up to Pakistan, Putin visit is due in first half of 2017.

Geopolitics have changed a lot, Pakistan is a much bigger country and well established now, USA is aware of their limited influence, so all these Indian funded studies US establishment not going to listen, at the end of day USA always work for their own self interests.

Peacelover Feb 07, 2017 05:17pm

@Imran just like North Korea?

Zakfronpak Feb 07, 2017 05:21pm

Russia is not a friend of Pak like China. It would be extremely stupid of Pak establishment to think Russia would support Pak against India. Max it can be expected is that it would stay nuetral. Worst case it would support India purely because it still is major defence exporter for India. We can't keep all our eggs in Chinese basket

M. Siddique Feb 07, 2017 05:29pm

All miscalculation on the part of rookie Trump advisors. They will never push Pakistan in Iranian camp that will be a lethal combination for the Middle East scenario.

renegade Feb 07, 2017 05:26pm

just Indian things! Indian lobby everywhere! But don't worry indians you will fail as always... i going to grep some popcorn's.

Zakfronpak Feb 07, 2017 05:28pm

Instead of accepting that there could be a problem for Pak in future I see that most are living in denial. US needs us more, China n Russia will support us against US. It's more of a wishful thinking than based on any facts

kanwarch Feb 07, 2017 05:30pm

This sounds like Modi philosophy and talk. Countries need to understand that a certain policy will only work if the interests of all sides are being catered for. You can not do a long term business with any business enterprise until it is a win win situation for all concerned. This is especially true if you are dealing with a nuclear state like Pakistan because if you push a tiger into a corner then you can imagine the consequences. Indians need to understand that. Americans are not in the neighborhood so only Indians will face the consequences as in desperate situation Pakistan will have nothing to lose at all.

ali shah Feb 07, 2017 05:29pm

US will never happy with Pakistan. She wants "do more" which Pakistan can't afford anymore. Pakistan have sacrificed thousands of lives in the war on Terror, and still US dubs Pakistan its sacrifices. Pakistan participated in a war which it had nothing to do.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Feb 07, 2017 05:32pm

@desi dimag Pakistan will per sue its own policy and interests. Period.

Ali Feb 07, 2017 05:39pm

Trump on the path of Isolating countries, to with, the US itself.

Mehboob ali lalani Feb 07, 2017 05:39pm

The think tank needs to know more about Pakistan. Pakistan is itself suffering from terrorists from abroad. Pakistan has been actively fighting against terrorism and sacrificing more than any one else in the world.

Our policy makers must work hard to let the world understood that we are victim of terrorism and not aggressor as socalled lobbists painted us.

Pakistan is peaceful nation and inshallah will remain so.

SHAHID MAHMOOD Feb 07, 2017 05:40pm

@Faisal fully agreed Sir.

Princess_of_DHUMP Feb 07, 2017 05:37pm

@raj I am a voter and a tax payer. My opinion matters - Who do not matter are our nosy neighbors

Saad Feb 07, 2017 05:43pm

The report seems to be written by Indian writers or they have majorly contributed in it. Very biased and non-factual

haris Feb 07, 2017 05:44pm

Please stop all aid and grants. That's the best thing we could get from US.

M Waseem K Feb 07, 2017 05:49pm

@ShashiKumar They have been compiling against since Pakistan has come into existence. In reality It's been the West that has been in need of Pak, not the other way around. Pak has only become stronger as decades have passed. Now Pak is a nuclear power and a geographical link to the world economics.

M Waseem K Feb 07, 2017 05:47pm

@deepu I would rather say better times for Pakistan. These presidents come and go as well as these so called think tanks. As as we have seen past history. Pakistan has only moved forward.

Syed ZafaR Kazmi U.S.A Feb 07, 2017 05:51pm

Pakistan does need a change in its course, paying full attention to the Quetta report by Justice Faez Isa and with maximized implementation of NAP and activation of NECTA. Pakistan should also get rid of Choudhry Nisar who has been specifically named in the report as befriending and patronizing sectarian outfits of terror. Madressahs should be reviewed and those receiving foreign funding must be shut down. But unfortunately, I know all is daydreaming and Pakistan's very existence shall continue to be at peril because of its halfhearted war agInst terrorism

Zealot Feb 07, 2017 05:52pm



Khwarazmi Feb 07, 2017 05:49pm

Let this be a lesson for those Amrophiles who would sell out Pakistan's national interests for America within the civilian and military establishment. Some people will still not learn after so much loss by having sided with them in Afghanistan.

I am just sick and tired of this so-called "friend" of ours.

Miqbal rangoonwala Feb 07, 2017 05:50pm

Nawaz corruption shall be exposed if he has

M. Asghar Feb 07, 2017 05:57pm

In the present global geopolitical flux, Pakistan has to play dynamically its part for the Asian bit that fits well in the realisation of the CPEC project for the region.

Ali from India Feb 07, 2017 06:06pm

@Imran "Shut the door to USA, Open the door to China." It's already done, what else you can do?

Ali Vazir Feb 07, 2017 06:13pm

As a nation, have we lost all the pride and honor? What US considers and plans and thinks about us is so important for us? Have we ever consider what Almighty considers about us as individuals and as a nation? Have the leaders ever considered what the common man in the streets think about them? Or their consideration is only US and the purchased slogan-raisers?

Irfan Feb 07, 2017 06:10pm

I wonder who works in these think tanks. This is the dumbest, most simplistic analysis of Pakistan I have ever come across. Either this or they are deliberately biased. Two things bother me: 1. Why in hell does the US have to be the big brother of the world..."if Pakistan behaves as desired"..."it cannot be treated… in the same way the US deals with North Korea". Sounds like the US is the owner of the world and is evaluating its hired help (we are partly to blame for being treated as hired help ourselves to be honest). All countries should mind their own business and make sure each and everyone of their citizens are satisfied then poke their noses elsewhere. 2. This analysis of Pakistan and "Pakistani" terror groups conveniently forgets who paid to create these groups in the first place and who fed the ideology that recruits the poor, sometimes clueless foot soldiers, US and KSA respectively.

Just guy Feb 07, 2017 06:11pm

@Pakistani please read UN resolution on Kashmir first

Luqman hafeez Feb 07, 2017 06:17pm

The report looks like to have been first cleared by the South Block before it appears on Trump's desk. Washington will do itself no good if it continues to see Pakistan through the glasses of New Delhi. The US must weigh it's own options and goals first that are unrealistically diverse. The US must accept that every single problem, anywhere on earth, isn't a US problem. Washington isn't a global policeman anymore. Pakistan has already seen the worst of the US in the 90s and due to its limited exposure to the outside world, it is unlike to be dented greatly by the US in anyway. We saw it in the last recession when every country was hit in one way or the other except Pakistan because we were not in business with the world the way others were.

Dr. Ramesh Sharma Feb 07, 2017 06:18pm

@Imran What is inside the door?

Ali Feb 07, 2017 06:21pm

As if Pakistan can resist what the US master tells it....what a joke!

Make IT Feb 07, 2017 06:26pm

Pakistan has been given 6 months to show it is DOING MORE , there after what ?

HD USA Feb 07, 2017 06:35pm

@Muhammad " Shah say zyaada shah kay wafadar"

You are very correct !

Trump has started talking more like Narendra Modi which is quite interesting because first time US President is following Indian PM .......!!

M_Khan Feb 07, 2017 06:37pm

@Aniket Rastogi Yes we are being used by china and you are our well wisher? Right Mr somebody from India? If Indian Govt is worried about anything Pakistan is doing, its mean Pakistan is absolutely doing a right thing. If Pakistan is deteriorating its growth by CPEC then let him be! Dont spoil the projects by funding terrorist! Let us spoil ourselves!

my Comments Feb 07, 2017 06:43pm

Amazing. After all the sacrifices Pakistan has done. They want it to be politically isolated? Obviously, it was a big mistake for Pakistan to get involved in Afghan war. It has caused tremendous amount of damage to Pakistani society. Pakistan got nothing but pain for helping others.

Nutral admi Feb 07, 2017 06:43pm

100% correct article.

Mrityunjay Tripathi Feb 07, 2017 06:43pm

Take my word; Americans are always more reliable than Chinese....

Mohammad S. Khalid Feb 07, 2017 06:55pm

God bless Pakistan. By virtue of Trump policies, not Pakistan but US is at high risk of isolation. If trend continues, Trump will stand odd one out in USA.

Baba Feb 07, 2017 07:02pm

All the institutions mentioned in the article, has no face value in the Pakistanis eyes and now in most of the world. Those institutions and their one sided agenda can only be apply to domestic issues, internationally they have failed , Because of these institutions, America is in mess, including Hispanics, Muslims, China,Russia. These institutions and their analysis ruining USA reputations all across the Globe. The only and only country (new ALLY) India is going to benefit of it ,IF SO. A BAD MOVZE, for Americans, Don't listen to the Failed institutions, time to listen and create new Institute.

Fawzia H Feb 07, 2017 07:06pm

Tell them, we don't need them. We look towards building a good future with our neighbour, China.

MoTh Feb 07, 2017 07:03pm

@Mrityunjay Tripathi The World has over 60 years of data how US trying to be a superpower but no information about China how he will behaving once surpassing US status of being supper power in next 10 to 20 years period.

Farrukh munir Feb 07, 2017 07:07pm

USA can keep their "non-NATO ally" status with her as we know what we have gained from such non sense ally status. Pakistan has rightly aligned with China and Russia now after USA took India into her lap.

The world is aware of the fact that USA administration is the biggest sponsor of terror throughout the world and countries like Pakistan should stand up to them and tell them LOUD and CLEAR that ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

ghaznavi Feb 07, 2017 07:07pm

"The scholars also want the Trump administration to work with China and Gulf Arab states"

With China the administration has already burned the bridges of cooperation. As for the Gulf State , they are more of a part of the problem and not solution

Ali Feb 07, 2017 07:41pm

These advisors are the same who chant "do more" mantra. No country in the world has done more than Pakistan. With 65,000 Pakistanis killed no country has suffered more. This must be acknowledged, only then can some meaningful advise be given.

That advise should be directed at Afghanistan for allowing its territory to be used for terrorist attacks in Pakistan. That advise should be directed at India for supporting state-sponsored terrorism in Pakistan, as bragged by Indian government officials.

President Trump offered to resolve Kashmir dispute. That would be his greatest contribution for world peace as both India and Pakistan are nuclear-weapon states. They "failed" to resolve it bilaterally. The US must help as it has influence on both.

The people of Kashmir want to determine their own future, as called for by UN Security Council Resolutions. Let Kashmir be an "independent" country. That will be face saving for India and Pakistan or risk nuclear war which can destroy the world.

M. AhmeD Feb 07, 2017 07:37pm

Why Pakistan is being viewed in this way is due to self serving policies of ruling and elite class. On the other hand we have non state actors with big mouths who act as loose guns. There you have it.

N_Saq Feb 07, 2017 07:38pm

This is Indian propaganda to scare Pak and the research report must be paid for by the Indian lobby. However, having said that I will add that it is time Pak leadership put country first and it is in Pak's own interest to eliminate all radicals, militants and terrorists from its soil (good and bad). There is zero economic benefit for these entities and the sole reason for these entities existence is to fight and die. Therefore, these terror entities are no one's friends and today they are with you and tomorrow they are against you.

Pak is on the right track and now it is time to strengthen laws and to bring every individual and entity under the purview of law and it will be done by electing leaders with no baggage. Once the supremacy of the law is restored then the things will automatically fall into their rightful place

Breznev Feb 07, 2017 07:41pm

The screws are being tightened

nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Feb 07, 2017 07:48pm

The author forgot the fact that corruption is also a key factor. I got the impression that the group of pro USA scholars wants to keep Pakistan on begging row & does not talk about theft from Pakistan treasury by politicians. Prosperity among citizens will force the state to become peaceful.

Zulfiqar BAig Feb 07, 2017 07:42pm

Behind the think tanks of USA, there is Indian lobby working against Pakistan. Do more policy to get Indian objectives will never succeed. USA must keep cordial relations with Pakistan.

nizamuddin Ahmad Aali Feb 07, 2017 07:45pm

Mr. Trump: Refuse to meet the Pakistani politicians and their agents untill they come free of corruption establish a civilized democratic state. Pakistan is a country of educated, honest and hard working people. .

RUCHIMAH Feb 07, 2017 07:45pm

Many similar reports and opinions expressed in the past. Indians will feel happy reading them but nothing will eventually happen. Pakistann is too important for america.

Zealot Feb 07, 2017 07:54pm

I Wish to be the president of this country,and then i see who will PUT THESE SANCTIONS...



Riaz Ahmad Feb 07, 2017 08:12pm

Pakistan is not allowed have any interest, it is only the vested interest of ruling crooks that matters,

Hungry Bird Feb 07, 2017 08:35pm

@RAVEENDRA NATH I think you are right bro..

El Cid Feb 07, 2017 08:43pm

The squeeze is on. Paks must break out of its grip. The time in now. The process is simple but the will is lacking.

Vikas Feb 07, 2017 08:48pm

@Jamil Not going to happen Jamil like it or not. And as for economic growth India is zooming. If Pakistan wants to grow too it needs to change its own Kashmir policy and forget about it. That would be a wise action. Because in both nations Kashmir policy Pakistan is loosing.

Honesty Feb 07, 2017 08:55pm

@SAEED MASOOD Thanks for your efforts to make PAKISTAN A SECULAR STATE.

Aftab Feb 07, 2017 08:54pm

How long we will contain this blackmailer?

Sarwar, USA. Feb 07, 2017 08:52pm

Pakistan needs new leadership to tackle problems...ahead

Ouzzy Feb 07, 2017 08:57pm

Go for it usa. See what happens. They wont be real. Usa kno the further away they get away from pak the closer china nd russia and others on the other end will get closer. Its polictics. Pak just has to play smart.

Riaz M M Feb 07, 2017 09:10pm

Specific mention of Kashmir in the report clearly shows India being the true author of this report .More worrying is that Indian lobby has so successfully infilterated and taken over these so called think tanks.

Gruham Feb 07, 2017 09:11pm

@I KHAN : All that Pakistan needs is that the army protects your borders, and not control the country's internal and external policies.

Pakistan needs a stronger civilian democratic government,

HAMZA KHAN Feb 07, 2017 09:20pm

@deepu we'll see about't has already reached out and there is already voices inside trump admin that are supportive of pakistans stance (i.e. mattis). and if pakistan gets squeezed, get ready for dossiers upon dossiers of india's involvement in terrorism to start coming out...

M. AhmeD Feb 07, 2017 09:26pm

Trump policy of America First is good for America. Similarly if Pakistan has policy for it's self interest than no one should be surprised. Pakistan is under threat for cut of it's waters and neighbors sending their terrorists into country. While Americans wants them to follow what they want. Now you have be insane not figure out what policy you should follow. Cooperation is two way street and threats don't work just look at history.

A. A. Feb 07, 2017 09:27pm

@SID And what exactly have USA achieved by putting sanctions on Iran? Nothing, to be precise. And Iran has survived with a promising economic outlook. We should stop coming up with doom and gloom scenarios and do what is best for Pakistan (and Netherlands second :) )

WAHEED Feb 07, 2017 09:33pm

@deepu you are right deepika

anony Feb 07, 2017 09:37pm

"The group acknowledges that there is no silver bullet that can change decades of Pakistani policy, but a tougher stance could persuade Pakistan to cooperate with the United States."

More cooperation??? We Pakistanis have paid the most sacrifice in this so-called "war on terror". These shameless creatures just won't stop repeating the same old rediculous rhetoric.

john cool Feb 07, 2017 09:43pm

@Pakistani Perhaps the think tanks should think about proposing the implementation of UN Resoultions on Kashmir.

Perhaps you want to read UN Resolutions on Kashmir before you ask for implementation.

Pucca Hindustani Feb 07, 2017 09:52pm

One of the scholars who actually advised and was onboard the think tank was a former pakistani ambassador to US!

Rehman Feb 07, 2017 09:58pm

We will make Kashmir free without US support.

point of view Feb 07, 2017 10:04pm

Bad days ahead....

john cool Feb 07, 2017 10:04pm

@Arshad Mahmood No country is prepared to compromise its defence & US is likely to be worse off if it acts on this advice. Pakistan has been staunch american friend whilst India likes to keep its feet in two boats.

America must remember that India will not choose America over Russia.

And your point is?

john cool Feb 07, 2017 10:06pm

@SAif zulfIqar Whoever is President of US, he will always need Pakistan's support in this region. Look at the history of these two countries since 1947.

I think you should rephrase your first sentence to "Whoever is President of US, Pakistan will always need his support in this region. Look at the history of these two countries since 1947.

Hind Feb 07, 2017 10:17pm

@ali dude trust me. U should join politics. People like you are true patriots. I am not being sarcastic.

joydeep Feb 07, 2017 10:29pm

@I KHAN : well said, very realistic assessment.

joydeep Feb 07, 2017 10:28pm

@Nadeem wish things worked as we desire. We pay for our mistakes and move on...

aman Feb 07, 2017 10:33pm

I advise America lets do it and get over with it. Pakistan need to learn self reliance and forge its own alliance with its next door neighbors and improve ties with its neighbors.

zeeshan Feb 07, 2017 10:35pm

Isolation will be in favor of Pakistan but it will not be in favor of this world and our corrupt politician.

Life Feb 07, 2017 10:51pm

Earlier, India and Pakistan were fighting each other for their own issues, now they will fight on behalf of Super powers viz. China, Russia and USA.

Falcon Feb 07, 2017 11:00pm

@HAMZA KHAN What the dossiers have done so far? What did Iran say on Kulbhushan Jadhav?

WAHEED Feb 07, 2017 10:56pm

@Mrityunjay Tripathi and chinese are way more reliable than indians

Curious Feb 07, 2017 10:57pm

@HAMZA KHAN love the dossier episodes

Zak Feb 07, 2017 11:01pm

Fun to see readers say that they have China and don't need US anymore.Just a fact that CPEC will not magically yield money with a few Chinese firms present in it.Where will the investments will come from with just Chinese on board and unofficial claims that every country wants to join CPEC.

akram Feb 07, 2017 10:58pm

@Anuj Trump of course... come on get with the program.

Hope Feb 07, 2017 11:00pm

It is a beginning.

Zain Feb 07, 2017 11:07pm

All of these instituitions should keep their opinions to themselves. Trump listens to nobody but himself. And that's the reason for his massive success in life.

Indian Feb 07, 2017 11:13pm

Time to rethink and revision in Pakistan' state policy before its too late.

SOSING Feb 07, 2017 11:23pm

@Pakistani Perhaps you should be aware that UN closed the resolution pertaining to Kashmir in 2010 and there is no resolution to implement any longer.

prof. ansari Feb 07, 2017 11:26pm

@aditya USA's economy will be over taken by China's economy by next year.

Hamza Feb 07, 2017 11:47pm

So the article was readable till it said Nawaz sharif govt should be praised. what a joke.

Azfar Ali Feb 07, 2017 11:48pm

@deepu you wish boy, instead of worrying about Pakistan, you should take care of Kashmir and the right of minorities.

Hopeful Feb 07, 2017 11:58pm

@Anuj Already started. China & Russia have signed oil purchasing agreements but not using US$.

lootra Feb 08, 2017 12:21am

@SAM here is the painful reality of CPEC for you and others harping about it to understand. It is a $53 billion loan for Pakistan to invest in Chinese companies. It is also not a trade route but only a transit route for Chinese products. If later china decides not to use this route then your entire investment is wasted. So now you are completely dependent on China to pay off that loan and reap any benefits. You have just lost your economic independence. Congratulations.

Kau Feb 08, 2017 12:46am

President Donald Trump must ignore the advise of the experts and go with his guts. How much of this advise is tainted. The Americans, Indians, Afghanistanis,Taiwanese,South Koreans must cement their relationship with the Australians,the Japanese and New Zealanders

Gurpreet Singh Feb 08, 2017 12:44am

@A. A.: My friend you are mistaken if you think that US sanctions did not hurt Iran economically. Ask any regular Iranian citizen & they'll tell you how the sanctions crippled the Iranian economy and that's exactly why Iran was finally forced to compromise on its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions. Iran was able to survive because it had natural gas to sell to countries like India & China but Pakistan does not have any oil or gas to export. Nationalism is good but be realistic. In case of US sanctions, Pakistan's economy will be severely impacted.

Jawwad Feb 08, 2017 12:47am

The report failed to disclose all the aforementioned institutions are filled up with Indian origin US nationals. Just what else would you expect in these findings?

Chris Feb 08, 2017 12:50am

If Pakistan thinks that China will give them free money like the US does, they are mistaken. China will extract its pound of flesh for CPEC and other loans. Sri Lanka found this out the hard way when they had to sublease the Hambantotta port to the Chinese for 80 years in return for their investment. The US has given assistance in the form of aid and CSF, which do not have to be repaid. The US also controls most international institutions like the IMF. If the US asks Pakistan to fall in line, there is little Pakistan can do. That is the bitter truth.

Ravi vancouver Feb 08, 2017 01:02am

This isolation strategy shall never work as Pakistan does not need US, enough of its mistreatment of Pakistan. China at its side and most Muslim countries on its side, nobody can isolate Pakistan. CPEC will solve Pakistan's economic problems and Pakistan shall become even more stronger and shall progress, every country shall like to have friendship with such a country.

Jamal Feb 08, 2017 01:20am

@Imran give up US aid first

Jessi Feb 08, 2017 01:24am

In the long run Trump will surely be impeached. No need to worry...

Mukul Feb 08, 2017 01:47am

@Nadeem US IS different from Pakistan when the travel ban was announced- common people took to streets for rights of Muslims and minorities would that happen in Pakistan- of course not US has a justice system that works - Pakistan justice depends on who you are US is a thriving economy - Pakistan? You have the answer don't compare the two - no point

Mukul Feb 08, 2017 01:44am

@SAM never seen progress in Pakistan hope your CPEC dream does not crash

Juz thOught Feb 08, 2017 01:47am

@Ali , brother have you read UNSC resolution on Kashmir? If yes, can you please think who failed in implementing the necessary condition.

acer Feb 08, 2017 02:03am

I think Trump want to join CPEC.

sajed syed Feb 08, 2017 02:20am

@China-Beijing , almost whole Europe will follow America as will be Asia and Africa. Just wait and watch.

Dilawar Feb 08, 2017 02:19am

Isolating Pakistan? Yeah heard that...A LOT!

Khwarazmi Feb 08, 2017 02:59am

President Trump is on record having said US givernment is behind ISIS, the most brutal terror organisation in the world. I dont think US hovernment is in any position to lecture other countries any more.

U Ak Feb 08, 2017 03:00am

Someone's wasted a great deal of money and time to produce this report. What a waste. Good, this will align Pakistan more with China and Russia. Pakistan's cold shoulder to Iran and Russia has been due to USA. Better to work with regional trusted partners then someone who keeps changing their mind. Just recently US blocked sale of F16 which were already paid for (bad business Trump should say!). As for India, sooner or later Trump will kill the outsourcing market to keep jobs in country.

amin Feb 08, 2017 03:04am

@Jehanzeb Idrees they still want h1bs

kuku Feb 08, 2017 03:14am

@Faisal It is about being dishonest, taking American money but not doing the expected in return.

Satyameva Jayate Feb 08, 2017 03:22am

Pakistan should threaten Trump that Pakistan will not let USA join CPEC if Trump opposes Pakistan in any matter or if Trump stops and AID that Pakistan demands.

Raw is war Feb 08, 2017 03:31am


waheeda, you are right.

Canada for canadians Feb 08, 2017 03:56am

If Rusia And USA Can Become Friends There Will Be Shift Of Balance Of Power In The World-China CanDo Nothing Plus Possibility Of Reduction Of ExportsTo West May Doom Economic Power Of China.Trump Probably Has DifferentVisionOf World FreeOf War SoThat It Divert Resources To Become Economically Power House For The Rest Of The Century.

flipflop Feb 08, 2017 04:16am

Iran is the only country i guess that can look straight in the US eyes and tell them get lost. Pakistan has very weak lobbying power and it is time for our politicians to understand that no one is Pakistans friend. It's all about strategic alliance and political agendas. If we insist that Pakistan is not a power house for terrorists then give prove and still if others pressurise then I think Pakistan needs to protect its sovereignty and freedom of its people. Trump is not good for anyone and I have no idea how did our politicians even conclude this. He's not good for US and yet alone people think that he will help other countries.

Sundal Feb 08, 2017 04:18am

Never heard of those schools giving advice to Trump.

GK Feb 08, 2017 04:51am

CPEC is a game changer...don't bend to the declining power...time to negotiate and get free goodies...

R Azhar Feb 08, 2017 05:38am

About time we also had a competent foreign minister with a robust foreign policy. We need someone who can "talk" with knowledge, not someone who uses "pieces of paper" for conversing.

fAROOQ sHEIKH Feb 08, 2017 06:13am

@myth What have you been smoking partner? Wishful thinking.. Just clean up your mess. That's the best and win-win advise!

Ahmad zubair Feb 08, 2017 06:13am

This is an American Rhetoric.

Rah Feb 08, 2017 07:08am

Trump will do everything in the interest of the USA, no matter whether we like it or not. He is not for us, but for his people.

Mana mayoyr Feb 08, 2017 07:57am

So called think tanks are Indian on research assigmnents

DNiwasi Feb 08, 2017 08:36am

@Parvez They also own properties...Us intelligence knows everything about military and civilians property ownership in US & other secrets.

Imran Ahmed Feb 08, 2017 09:44am

Pakistan may well be pushed against the wall by isolation, in fact, that is the most likely outcome. However, this action will not unseat the belligerent duffers making our foreign policy to replace them with people of common sense. PR and propaganda for the status quo is far too effective in keeping an illiterate population on the side of the rulers.

Amir Feb 08, 2017 01:47pm

@Anuj ......They will do their own....

Amir Feb 08, 2017 01:54pm

This reports shows that this is made by enemies of Pakistan. America has been taking very negative steps against Pakistan, which have damaged their relations and prosperity in the South Asia, particularly favoring India. It should be balanced. India's policy to ISOLATE PAKISTAN will never work and will produce more destruction in the region. India will remain child, selfish, stubborn, biased, and negative....

Tahir Feb 08, 2017 02:47pm

Pushing Modi's agenda.

Li-N-Ja Feb 08, 2017 05:40pm

A substantial part of Pakistan’s foreign poly was guided by personal interest and not by national policy. The elites of the country either has their relatives settled in US and those not aspired to be there. History knows the public servants lived in US largesse compromising with country’s interest and independence. Our policy was to align with a leader instead safeguarding country’s long term interest and align with global community. Instead of focusing on growth and development we gave priority to interfere in neighbour’s matter. The rise of extremism and uncontrolled non-state authorities damaged the image of the country. We need to bring peace within and with neighbours and concentrate on development and that will turn around the country. Rest of world will follow us.

Huda Feb 08, 2017 08:26pm

And Pakistan must stop chasing the mirage of securing US approval by sacrificing the life and limb of its citizens.

Riazullah Baig Feb 08, 2017 09:17pm

seems working well in its initial phase after JuD supremo's house arrest.

E.Somapalan Feb 08, 2017 09:30pm

@Arshad A neighbor,friendly or unfriendly is always more dependable and useful than far away 'true friend'

s.khan Feb 08, 2017 09:52pm

@deepu Tough time for USA. Trump is alienating every country. By the end of four years, USA will be isolated. The world is not going to stop if USA or DSA (Divided States of America)pick up its marbles and go home.

sam Feb 08, 2017 09:54pm

@Samrat Saya Pak mindset and wishfull thinking.

s.khan Feb 08, 2017 09:54pm

@aditya ,It is loaded with $20Trillion debt. No debt, party is over.

Mike London Feb 08, 2017 10:26pm

Agree with the assesment

Harambe of Cincinnati Feb 08, 2017 11:34pm

@Pakistani :Irrelevant to the article.Get over your fixation!

MA Feb 08, 2017 11:43pm

I like Trump, he is so predictable.

Arvind Feb 08, 2017 11:43pm

Why to worry about isolation by US? CPEC is our game changer! We will go to China!

American PAKISTANI Feb 09, 2017 12:42am

@deepu ,70% H1B visa holder in the USA are Indians; hundreds of American companies have their tech center in India. Indian should be ready to loose hundreds of thousand highly paid jobs. Indian in USA invited trouble for India by voting for Trump.

ataur Feb 09, 2017 01:52am

Once CPEC is ready we will be rich than them. THey will beg from China and us.

akthus Feb 09, 2017 02:26am

What does the US exactly want ? Pakistan needs to operate in its own best interests and they will not always align with someone else's view point. America must stop demanding and needs to start listening if it wants a positive outcome. It would be extremely foolish policy to start making threats that will backfire on the Americans.

IG Feb 09, 2017 03:20am

First of all why do they think that this govt is going in right direction ?? because NS is doing in their interests.... Pakistan should act in its interest, rest America do whatever they want to do !!

rS Feb 09, 2017 04:57am

@007 -I have to disagree. China will never be a US. It doesn't have the soft power I.e the cultural power to go with the economic and military power. Unlike US, the whole world will not be rushing to settle in China. No one would want to do that, maybe some Pakistanis might, I don't know. Also CPEC that PK is thrilled about is a bit like the nuclear weapons that you go on about. The latter cannot guarantee you security and the former cannot guarantee economic prosperity.

Tariq Ahmad Feb 09, 2017 08:15am

Trump does not listen to any Think Tanks and has no one in the administration from Think Tanks. These guys want to be relevant but they are no

Pra aksha Feb 09, 2017 11:50am

@SAM @desi dimag "So the USA aware of Pakistan and its policy" As the same it is aware of Indian policy also, no more H1 visa

It is not same Sam! It is as different as somebody under observation of Taxing Department & one under Narcotics Department!

Junaid Feb 09, 2017 12:06pm

@Faisal Yeah. CPEC is a gamechanger. We need nothing else ( sic)

Abbassin Feb 09, 2017 01:08pm

@Anees / For a moment I thought you were talking about Trump's America!!

Pra aksha Feb 09, 2017 01:30pm

@Gurpreet Singh @A. A.: My friend you are mistaken if you think that US sanctions did not hurt Iran economically. Ask any regular Iranian citizen & they'll tell you how the sanctions crippled the Iranian economy and that's exactly why Iran was finally forced to compromise on its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions. Iran was able to survive because it had natural gas to sell to countries like India & China but Pakistan does not have any oil or gas to export. Nationalism is good but be realistic. In case of US sanctions, Pakistan's economy will be severely impacted.

Iran is rich so no impact on him, as well no impact on 'zero', & beggar, they are used to live in worst condition.

Feroz Feb 09, 2017 02:06pm

Now that carrots have been consumed and digested, is the stick being oiled ?

gary Feb 09, 2017 02:45pm

@Faisal Without US dollar, you cannot do half your budget.

gary Feb 09, 2017 02:46pm

@Haider If only wishes were horses....

gary Feb 09, 2017 02:50pm

@flipflop Many Iranian families in the west had to send money and medicines to their relatives in Iran when the ban was on.

ali Feb 09, 2017 05:53pm

looks like think tank is indian. with indian propaganda mindset. US realizes Pakistan's importance im sure even trump will come to know that. They literally dont have any NATO presence in Afghan if Pakistan don't support them. SO

Raza Feb 09, 2017 06:08pm

The biggest Terrorists are US, Israel and their European cahoots. The so called terrorists of today who are now retaliating,have been created by them. America was never a friend to Pakistan but an exploiter / manipulator. The earlier Pakistan can stop self destroying itself, the earlier it can expel the so called friends for good.

Mustafa R. Feb 09, 2017 06:28pm


Predicting disaster is one of the tricks in the book of elders of Baniya.

Mustafa R. Feb 09, 2017 06:31pm

Trump is going to do this unless someone in Pakistan has the courage to isolate Trump's soldiers in Afghanistan from the Trump Tower.

vijay Feb 09, 2017 06:43pm

Most of the input on this report came from Mr. Huqqani Hussein, the former Pakistani ambassador to USA

peace monger Feb 10, 2017 12:10am

@Anuj Trump will

David Feb 10, 2017 02:44am

It is very interessting that so many scholars have agreed on the approach. It shows the Pakistan image. I do not believe that India is that influential to have any impact on so many wellknown universities. So please dear people, have a look at your country image from outside and then judge it for yourself.

BAXAR Feb 10, 2017 01:01pm

@Pra aksha "Iran was finally forced to compromise on its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions." The same idea can be rephrased to give a different perspective. Iran used the nuclear program to force the west to compromise on sanctions.