Drifting Apart
Millennium Post Delhi|September 21, 2021
Not only a gulf is emerging in US-Pak relations but also the Taliban is likely to dump Pakistan once its ends are achieved
Shantanu Mukharji

The US-Pakistan ties are rapidly deteriorating at this point. It has reached its nadir with no signs of repair — at least in the immediate future. In the first hearing of the US Congress on September 13, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, told the Foreign Affairs Committee of House of Representatives that “Pakistan has a multiplicity of interests, some that are in conflict with ours”. Answering queries from the lawmakers, he said that it was time for the US to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, and assured that the US will be doing that very shortly. According to him, Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan in the last 20 years has been suspiciously negative and the same could be true in the future as well.

The US is particularly unhappy with Pakistan over the latter’s attempts to influence the Taliban leadership in the formation of the Cabinet of Ministers which is devoid of a single woman member. Ignoring women means that they will again — like in the previous Taliban regime — stand ignored and deprived of rights. The cabinet, as promised by the Taliban, is not inclusive in nature and fails to balance the representation of ethnic groups. On the contrary, it comprises violence-loving religious ultras who are nurturing an agenda full of tenets of Sharia and regression, with hardly any space for the wellbeing of ordinary Afghans, men, women and children.

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