US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in her recent and probably final visit to Asian countries, namely India and Bangladesh has once again uttered words of fire for the most dangerous countries in the world, Iran and Pakistan.
It has been her recent statements about the ‘speculated’ presence of current Al-Qaeda chief Aiman al Zawahiri in Pakistan and reduction of oil import from Iran to India that made her the top ranking in social media.
During the last couple of years Hillary has made a couple of visits to Pakistan in particular, however until recently it has been noticed that as soon as she lands on Pakistani soil, all her communication skills can be summarized in just two words ‘do more’.
Her first visit took place back in the year 2009. Since it was her first visit to the country after becoming the secretary of state, the state visit was accompanied with a huge pile of promises and commitments that could actually poke new life in strengthening relations between the two countries. This was also accompanied with a $7.5 billion five-year economic package for the key ally also. And this was just the beginning; she was also looking forward to a range of investments that US would make in the power and education sector of Pakistan.
Hence her visit provided Pakistan with a bleak hope about the newly elected government of US considered building relations beyond the boundaries of counter-terrorism agenda. How quickly did this ray of hope extinguished was something Pakistan soon realized.
In 2011, Hillary visited the country again. The visit came soon after US marines had conducted an operation in Abbottabad assassinating Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. Since Pakistan regarded US raid as a threat to its sovereignty, it was not hard to understand that Hillary had come to the country to mend ties. This time all commitments of developments were substituted by a single point agenda which actually coerced Pakistan in taking decisive steps for countering terrorism.
With no apology and no regrets from the US, this incident undoubtedly turned out to be the turning point in US-Pak relations. But despite all the humiliation the political administration of Pakistan decided to compromise and adjusts to the habits of its brutal and never satisfied mother-in-law.
Her third visit came in October 2011 based on more or less the same agenda – squeezing terrorists to the limit not mentioned. What in May was Al-Qaeda was now Haqqani Network in October. All she had come to the country for was to inform Pakistan that Haqqani network is a terrorist group. And that the US was engaged in meetings with the representatives of the network, as if it was the scoop of all time, totally forgetting the fact that it was the former spy chief Ahmed Shuja Pasha who arranged these meetings. And after the meetings ended up in a deadlock, Haqqani network was quite easily dubbed as the ‘veritable arm’ of Pakistani military.
There are a couple of deductions one can make regarding the repeated shifts and twists in terms of stance taken by Ms Clinton. Firstly, if Pakistan is terrorist’s favorite vacation point, may it be Mullah Omar, Hafiz Saeed or Zawahiri then why this state as your ally? And if the US is unhappy and wants Pakistan to do more, why do they knowingly pump money into the country?
So what really is it that the US wants? How about Hillary Clinton and the US, for a change, deal with Pakistan like it would with an ally and start treating it like one.