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Trump shifts Pakistan’s policy, Islamabad faces its foreign policy challenges

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IN a major policy shift with respect to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on extremists organisations including Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat -ud-Dawa  and warned Pakistan against using tactical nuclear weapons which may result in lowering the threshold of any kind of misadventure.

Pakistan ties with India , Afghanistan and Iran have been strained due to terror strikes across the border .New Delhi has been reminding Islamabad about repeated terror strikes  in India on strategically important places after Gurdaspur incident.Modi government has successfully isolated Pakistan on the issue of spreading terrorism in India  and the region.
The United States has thus confirmed officially that Pakistan remains a terror state  and Director of National intelligence Dan Coats in a testimony  to US lawmakers said that Pakistan is responsible for deteriorating bilateral relations  due to its continued support to militants  and terrorists.

Iran, which shares nearly 1,000 kilometre border with Pakistan in the south-western province of Sistan-Balochistan ,has thus warned  that it would hit terror bases inside Pakistan if Nawaz Sharif government is not able to confront Sunni militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

Meanwhile, Ashraf Ghani government is Afghanistan has expressed grave concerns over the rise in border clashes between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The sanctions have been imposed to disrupt the funding of Lashkar-e-Taiba  and its front the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, the Taliban,Jamaat -ud-al-Quran, the Islamic State- Khorasan an offshoot of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria .
The sanctions have also been imposed against Hayatullah Ghulam Muhammad , ALi Muhammad Abu Turab,Inayat-ur Rahman and a purported charity managed by Inayat -ur Rahman, the welfare  and Development Organisation of JuD for Quran and Sunnah.

But the fact of the matter is the failure of the civilian government in Pakistan and the rise of terror  and jihadist groups when the Pakistan government is actually in control of ISI and country’s military .Thus Pakistan’s relations with neighbouring countries have strained seriously  on political, economic and diplomatic fronts.

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By : Arti Bali

Senior Journalist

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