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  1. Devil Soul

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    'Quiet' diplomacy starts paying dividends
    By Kamran Yousaf
    Published: March 12, 2018
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    ISLAMABAD: Away from public glare, Pakistan and the United States are working their way out of the current impasse gradually – thanks to quiet diplomacy, said officials with the knowledge of development.

    Although relationship between the two ostensible allies hit a new low after President Donald Trump’s scathing New Year tweet, the two countries remained in touch to find some common ground on critical issues – including the Afghan endgame.

    As part of quiet diplomacy, there have been flurry of exchanges between the two countries over the past few weeks. Trump’s senior aide, Lisa Curtis, was in Islamabad not long ago and held low key meetings – both with the Foreign Office and military officials.




    Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua traveled to Washington then, to meet senior Trump administration officials. The Foreign Office is tight-lipped over the development, insisting there are certain issues that are being discussed away from public glare.

    US offers Pakistan new partnership but with caveat

    The discreet efforts have started paying dividends, as there is softening of the US public posturing towards Pakistan, according to a senior Foreign Office official familiar with the development.

    The official, who asked to remain anonymous since he was not authorised to speak to the media, told The Express Tribune that the two sides have covered a ‘considerable ground’ during the ongoing talks on a number of issues – including how to put an end to the lingering conflict in Afghanistan as well as Pakistan’s ‘strategic grievances.’

    The first sign of progress is that senior US officials have recently not only publicly acknowledged Pakistan’s anti-terror gains but also expressed America’s willingness to address its strategic concerns, the official explained.

    CENTCOM Chief General Joseph Votel and principal deputy assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells have recently spoken positively about Islamabad’s role.

    The top US commander, overseeing America’s military campaign in Afghanistan, admitted that Pakistan had indeed taken some significant steps recently with regard to Afghanistan.

    Echoing the General’s view, Wells said Pakistan had indeed adopted ‘positive measures’ over the last couple of months.

    Although she would not provide details, it is believed that Pakistan is making fresh push to persuade Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network to resume peace talks with the Afghan government as well as the US.

    In return for Pakistan’s renewed push for Afghan peace, Washington has agreed to accommodate Islamabad’s concerns that include unchecked presence of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates across the border.

    US nudging India, Pakistan to table

    After months of persuasion and negotiations, the United States on Friday announced head money on the fugitive TTP leader and two other anti-Pakistan terrorists.

    The State Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah, and up to $3 million each for information on Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh.

    While announcing the reward, the US said each of these individuals is believed to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of the United States and its nationals.

    “In addition to opposing the Pakistani military, one of TTP’s stated goals is the expulsion of coalition troops from Afghanistan.

    The group has demonstrated a close alliance with al Qaeda, and, since 2008, has also repeatedly publicly threatened to attack the US homeland,” the State Department further said.

    The US decision is part of a broader understanding already reached between Islamabad and Washington to rescue their faltering alliance.

    Officials, however, made it clear that a lot still needs to be done and that is why both sides are not sharing full details in public yet.
     
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    we want a good domestic & foreign policies instead of quiet diplomacy
     
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    India is not going to be on the table. Nudging days are gonr.
     
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    There is zero progress between the US and Pakistan. No amount of quiet diplomacy can resolve major conflicts and points of contention between the US and Pakistan.

    The simple truth is that Pakistan cannot and won't give to the US what it seeks.
     
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    we dont wanna talk to to iindia either and its good that we know who is our enemy clearly
     
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    No, I believe something meaningful going on behind doors. Didn't you noticed flurry of US drones attacks against TTP militants at Afghan side of the border recently? Also the reward money announced for top TTP commanders which clearly suggest that US is finally after TTP now. All this happened when Talibans from the position of strength calls for negotiations with US. Perhaps Pakistan has some hand to play with that though we have made them clear that we do not control them completely but atleast can persuade them for talks, which Afghan Govt happily welcomed it. Also US Centcom has reasonable good work relationship with Pakistan militarily which is evident from the article but White House case is a bit different and here the problem which we have to work on. There is a loud mouth,arrogant attention seeker heading the govt. If we cannot reach common ground with US govt, we should atleast maintain good relationship with their militarily establishment. Good that we have kept their supply line open from our land despite of revoking of US aid.
     
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    Dump the Afghanis, cut a deal with the US, help them occupy and loot Afghanistan's minerals for a healthy cut from the profits. Afghanis simply have no desire to attain sovereignty.
     
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    So they slap us publicly but hold discussions quietly wow what a 'ally' we got
     
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    lol what nonsense? when humiliating Pakistan it is public but when agreeing to help Pakistan and take action against terrorist inside Afghanistan or India who are attacking Pakistan, it happens behind the door.....WTF i think this is the reason why general public have bad perception of Pakistan when u want to humiliate Pakistan it is glorified but when you agree to what Pakistan is saying it happens behind the doors.........PMLN Foreign policy is brutal for Pakistan image.
     
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    nothing can beat OBL in Abbottabad. you are not recovering from that for a long time
     
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    lol the same OBL who was working for CIA?
     
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    no proof of that - repeating it a 1000 times does not change things
     
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    Yeh repeating it a 1000 tmes does notchange things. There is no proof, or any evidence of OBL being killed in Abottabad apart what liar nation told to everyone..

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    Planting fake evidences and trowing them at at the face of few selected people. Thats what we call making a lie the true. And people who know how to make scriptsbfor films at hollwood and bollywood know how to cook it like a masterchief....

    When USA FOOLED all countries at UNO, its nof hard to fool few people by trick or threat and that in Pakistan.