Improving U.S.-Pakistan Relations


The entire world knows the Haqqani Group that operates in Afghanistan, supposedly with Pakistan Army support, but very few outside Pakistan know the other Haqqani Network. This Haqqani Network, consisting of Husain Haqqani, Christine Fair and Bruce Riedel, operates outside Pakistan to damage and weaken Pakistan’s armed forces and intelligence structure. This Haqqani Network is led by Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani, who has written numerous books detailing his dislike, disapproval and disagreement with Pakistan’s military leadership. He was also implicated in a treason case while serving as Ambassador and has since refused to return to Pakistan to face the court. We will discuss the details of the treason case in this analysis to give further understanding to the background of this report.

On Friday, last week, The Hudson Institute issued a report titled, “A New U.S. Approach to Pakistan: Enforcing Aid Conditions Without Cutting Ties.” The report, packaged as a white paper outlining potential foreign policy and counter-terrorism opportunities with Pakistan, is a hatchet job against Pakistan’s armed forces and their top leadership. The report attempts to portray Pakistan as the aggressor in the Indian subcontinent, with an out-of-control military, dead set on creating a hegemony of their own.

Whether it is through the Taliban and Haqqani Group in Afghanistan who are “killing U.S. soldiers with the support of Pakistan’s armed forces,” or Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Jaish-e-Muhammad, who are used to “keep India off-balance and bring international mediators to resolve the Kashmir dispute,” everything starts in either Rawalpindi or Aabpara according to the report.

We will be analyzing the major points and providing a clearer picture.

Report Authors

“Improving U.S.-Pakistan Relations: A Primer for the Trump Administration” was researched, compiled and written by Khalid Muhammad, Director General, Shahid Raza, Director – Operations, and Faisal Aijaz, Deputy Director General – Operations, with an exclusive interview with Lt. General (retired) Tariq Khan.

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