India has conveyed its critical concern to the US State Division on Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome’s current go-to and his feedback on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) on the highest bureaucratic degree. The Modi authorities have additionally objected to the USD 450 million improvement bundle for Pakistani F-16 fighters, introduced by the Pentagon final month, on the high political degree.
In a span of 1 month, the Biden administration first triggered a strategic level by saying the F-16 bundle after which triggered a political level with its Pak ambassador calling what’s an occupied territory as a so-called liberated or “Azad” zone.
To complicate bilateral issues additional, US issued a journey advisory on Friday for its citizen travelling to India on depend of crime and terrorism. The advisory particularly suggested its nationals to not journey to Jammu and Kashmir attributable to “civil unrest and terrorism” and inside “10 km of the India-Pak border because of the potential for armed conflicts.” Clearly, the US, egged on by Pakistan and UK behind the scenes, is revisiting its Kashmir flash-point principle and subsequent will advocate a dialogue between India and Pakistan.
With Ambassador Blome having earlier served as political counselor in Afghanistan, his undiplomatic assertion can’t be dismissed as an inadvertent mistake. He clearly knew precisely what he was doing and what it will do to India-US ties.
Whereas it’s comprehensible that the US is rewarding Pakistan for sending weapon and ammunition provides to Ukraine by way of British C-130 J transport plane and the Romania route, Washington’s disregard for the influence of the 2 triggers on Indo-US ties is sort of inexplicable and will have long run undesired penalties.
Reality is that F-16 shouldn’t be merely a single-engine fourth era fighter plane that the US has offered to Pakistan because the early Eighties, it’s also the barometer of US-Pakistan relationship. The sinusoidal graph of US-Pakistan bilateral relations will be clearly understood utilizing F-16 fighter gross sales as a reference level.
For India, the fighter resembles strategic headache on the western entrance as it’s naivety to consider that Rawalpindi will use the 75-odd F-16 fighters for counter-terrorism mission in Afghanistan. These fighters might be utilized by Pakistan in opposition to India with Rawalpindi’s air assault, utilizing the F-16 fighters and l
Realizing totally nicely the influence of F-16 provides to Pakistan, the go to of Ambassador Blome to Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and now journey advisory will have an effect on India-US ties, the Biden administration will need to have thought by means of the professionals and cons earlier than taking these choices.
Identical to the US by no means knowledgeable India in March 2004 when it designated Pakistan as a serious non-NATO ally, it didn’t inform the Modi authorities earlier than saying the F-16 bundle. The F-16 subject will develop into rather more critical if the bundle contains provide of 120 km vary air to air missile and air to floor precision guided ammunition for the Chinese language fighter-dominated Pakistani Air Drive.
Whereas India is upset at these developments, Islamabad continues to play Washington in opposition to Beijing for its personal short-term advantages with the previous hoping to wean away Pakistan from its all-weather good friend and the latter utilizing Rawalpindi to destabilize India.
Pakistan additionally once in a while provides a sweetener to its ties with America by exposing a worldwide jihadist to the Hell-Fireplace missiles fired from US Predator drone within the title of counter-terror cooperation. Even the Pakistan assist to US in opposition to Tehran in future ca
Regardless that the US is totally entitled to forge deep ties with Pakistan, it shouldn’t be at the price of souring its ties with a QUAD companion and an in depth strategic pure ally India. The ball is now within the US courtroom to clear variations with India.