Issue Brief on “Understanding Trump’s Policy Approach to Pakistan”

Nothing seems to be new in the Pakistan and US ties, and the latest set of allegations towards Pakistan come as no surprise.

The Trump Administration has accused Pakistan of being selective in its approach towards fighting the Taliban and allowing Taliban-linked insurgents a place to plot deadly strikes in Afghanistan and regroup after ground offensives.[1] After President Trump took office, Islamabad appeared confident about a more “substantive” and mutually “advantageous” engagement with the new administration.[2]  However, Pakistan’s optimism which was established rather swiftly after a brief phone conversation between Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the US President Donald Trump, followed by Islamabad’s direct contacts with the Trump team,[3] seems to have come to an end earlier than expected.

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