Pakistan, which has long been regarded as a US ally in the far east, has been on the wrong end of President Trump’s stick lately. With the attack on the Kabul Intercontinental hotel of this weekend that killed 18 people mostly being blamed on a band of terrorists (known as the Haqqani network) hiding out in Pakistan (or at least that is what the Afghanistan government claims), it is once again finding itself in the crossfire.
As the US government stands side by side with the Afghan government on this issue, Pakistan is on the defensive.
Earlier in the year, President Trump had already famously tweeted that “It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing,” before he decided to cut back on US aid to the country.
Given the Pakistanis longstanding ties to the Taliban and its Haqqani network, which is responsible for several large-scale attacks on Afghan cities, many diplomats in Washington have long suspected them of playing a double game, as US diplomats believe the Pakistanis know full well that one day the US support would dry up and they would be left alone to face the Muslim extremists in their own country.
For this reason, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, spoke about these issues at an hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., and said: "If you don't hear about al Qaeda today, the organization [that] was responsible for 9/11, it is because Pakistan and the United States worked together day-in and day-out in the first decade after 9/11 to eliminate al Qaeda,"
"There is no reason why the two countries should not continue in the same spirit to finish up what was started in Afghanistan. That's the message that we are trying to convey, not to apportion blame by one against the other."
The ambassador claimed furthermore that it was mainly thanks to Pakistan’s efforts that the terrorist threat has been turned, when he claimed that "today, we can very proudly say that the tide of terrorism has been reversed, the militants and the terrorists are on the run, we are chasing them, and we will continue to do that, but is our job over? Certainly not."