NEW DELHI: The USA has reached out to Pakistan and resumed a segment of military ties as part of its wider West Asia strategy in the aftermath of its assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

US President Donald Trump has ordered resumption of military training to Pakistan, which was suspended in August 2018. Pakistan military is part of American security strategy in West Asia since the days of Cold War. It is administered under US military command based in the Gulf region. Also, Pakistan plays an essential role in the Afghan peace process and US-Taliban peace talks, experts said.

The US had cancelled nearly all security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018 after Trump accused it of not doing enough to counter terrorist groups. The latest development should not be a cause of worry for India even as the government continues to monitor the US-Pak dynamics closely in the current circumstances, experts said.

“The Trump administration has been highly supportive of India as was evident during the 2+2 Ministerial dialogue on issues such as CAA and Pakistani/Chinese efforts to raise J&K in the UN Security Council,” one of them said. Another person familiar with the subject said the US’ suspension of overall security assistance programme for Pakistan remains in effect. Also, the military training programme will be on payment basis, the person claimed. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo spoke with Pakistan army chief and not civilian leadership in the aftermath of Friday’s developments. This did not go well with Pakistan’s politicians. Former senator Farhatullah Babar termed it as a ‘national embarrassment’.





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