Foreign Policy experts, politicians criticize Trump’s South Asia Policy

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By Muhammad Luqman
Pakistan’s former High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit has criticized US President Donald Trump’s new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia, saying that US is either clueless or deliberately complicating matters in Afghanistan.
“Asking for more India’s involvement in Afghanistan is a sure recipe for more disaster.” Abdul Basit, who is also former spokesman of Pakistan Foreign office said in a tweet.
Donald Trump in his new Afghan policy announced Tuesday said, “We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan.”
Trump said ,“We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region.”
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan sharply reacted to US President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan was providing “safe haven” to terrorists in the region.
In a series of tweets, the PTI chief criticised the US for blaming Pakistan for its own “deeply flawed and failed” policy towards Afghanistan.
“Just as India blames Pak for the indigenous Kashmiri uprisings when these are a result of its own failed policy of mly repression in IOK .. So the US again blames Pak for its deeply flawed & failed Afghan policy stretching over a decade,” he tweeted.

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