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A revival of Pakistan-US strategic partnership. Situation in Afghanistan, Asia, and Gulf is leading to this. This is a chance for both to repair ties. Islamabad can regain influence lost after Cold War. #Thread by #AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
It is important for US interests in the region & for Pakistani interests that these two countries revive their strategic coop on equal footing ASAP. The US & PK, who won in Afghan war four decades ago, are on the retreat today thanks to regional players pushing a US & Pak defeat.
#Iran & #India have revived their 30yo plan of pulling Afghanistan out of American influence & failing Trump's Afg peace/pullout project. New Delhi & Tehran are working to end any Pakistani role in Afg peacemaking. #Chabahar is a key component of this project, and so is scuttling
CPEC for which India/Iran are desperate, mainly by trying to convince China that Gwadar/CPEC are unsafe. India is also very keen on deepening Pak-US-Afg tensions whenever opportunity arises. Proxies of Delhi/Tehran in Kabul are useful in targeting #PakUS interests.
The #US sanctions on #Iran help #Pakistan by reviving the importance of trade through Pak. Sanctions have dampened #Indian & #Iranian hopes shifting entire Afg trade to #Chabahar, where business has slowed, while picking up at #Karachi port.
So it's obvious there exists a war of attrition in Afghanistan against the US, & also against Pak. Improved Pak-US-Afg coordination forced India to move proxy war from Afg soil to Iran. Worth noting that Tehran never acted openly against Pak interests in its 30yr of alliance with
#India but this has changed starting 2015 when Tehran agreed to openly work with India on the dual diplomatic & proxy fronts: diplomatically working on China, while using proxy tools to scuttle peace in Karachi/Balochistan/GB through Indian & Iranian assets. So, stakes are high
both the US and Pakistan. There is a fresh meeting of interests and both Washington and Islamabad should seize the opportunity. On the Pakistani side, we need to introduce major immediate changes to our foreign policy, focus on our interests & our allies, & throw away unnecessary
foreign policy baggage, squarely pursue our interests. We have masterfully contained the Indian threat with international help. We must exploit Iran sanctions to force a change in Iran's destructive policies that affect us, & we must get backing from major powers for our economy.
For this, a delegation of top Pakistani negotiators should land in Washington, spend days/weeks if necessary to convince #Trump WH that #Chabahar waiver is not good for American & Pakistani interests & for #Afghan peace plan bcz it strengthens opponents.

#AhmedQuraishi @AQpk
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