Last month, a group of US senators visited Pakistan including Senator John McCain. This group took positive image of Pakistan to US and Sen. McCain even tweeted to laud positive role of Pakistan in fight against terrorism and praised the achievements of operation ZarbeAzb.
The views in US congress vary from group to group, from one political party to another. As soon as, one group (that was lead by Sen. McCain) took positive image of Pakistan, another group came up in Congress that gave vicious criticism on Pakistan. There was joint subcommittee hearing of House Foreign Affairs Committee in US Congress. This hearing was held last week as “Pakistan: Friend or foe?” that showed more heat than expected.
This committee seemed to be influenced by some Indian lobby and presence of Zalmy Khalilzad (ethnic Afghan who was US ambassador to Kabul and Baghdad) proved why there was anti-Pakistan heat. This congressional panel has demanded banning of all US assistance to Pakistan so that Pakistan would against the Afghan Taliban groups allegedly using its territory to launch operations into Afghanistan.
These comments of US congressmen were broadcasted live on internet. The Pakistani embassy in Washington had to clarify the position of Pakistan and said that the United States and Pakistan are allies and there is “positive counter-terrorism cooperation between the two countries”. Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz says that this move is motivated by “baseless concerns” of a few of US lawmakers.
The anti-Pakistani sentiment seen in the US congress is under influence of any Indian lobby who is always willing to give tag of ‘terrorist’ to Pakistan.
The efforts of Pakistan to bring peace in this region are priceless. its been more than a decade that Pakistan is fighting against terrorism. Pakistan has lost lives of more than 70,000 people and one hundred billion dollars due to war on terror..yet these congressmen still raise questions on sincerity of Pakistan..WHY?