Pakistan has become active to resume funding from the US. This is the same country that was showing eyes to build American airbase in Balochistan till two days ago. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s new national security adviser Mued Yusuf has met US NSA Jack Sullivan in Geneva, seeking significant changes in relations with the US.
Pakistani counterpart met American NSS
Pakistani media reports claimed that during this time Mued Yusuf told US NSA Jack Sullivan that Pakistan and the US should try to increase bilateral relations on the basis of economy and trade, not on security and defense. For the first time in an in-person high-level meeting, the Pakistani and US NSA held extensive talks on bilateral, regional and global issues.
Trump stopped Pakistan in 2018 financially
The Express Tribune quoted sources as saying that as far as relations with the US are concerned, Pakistan is making a significant change in its stand. However, there is no guarantee that the US will resume financial aid to Pakistan or not. Former US President Donald Trump suspended all security cooperation with Pakistan in January 2018, stating that he was not satisfied with Islamabad’s cooperation and its role in the fight against terrorism.
Imran Khan wants to withdraw money from Biden administration
The entire exercise has been initiated at the initiative of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. He formed a top committee a few months ago in March to formulate a new strategy on relations with the US under the administration of President Joe Biden. However, it is not yet clear whether the Biden administration approves this framework given its strategic priorities and close ties with India. At the same time, close ties between Pakistan and China may also prevent the US from expanding cooperation with Pakistan.
America will build airbase in Baluchistan of Pakistan
Actually, America’s eye is to increase its military presence in South-West Asian countries through Pakistan. With the withdrawal of its army from Afghanistan, the US is preparing to maintain an airbase in Balochistan to monitor it from here. However, the Government of Pakistan has rejected the US presence in Balochistan and the claim of building an airbase. The AFP was quoted by Pentagon official David F. Hallway as saying that Pakistan has allowed the use of its air and ground borders to monitor Afghanistan.