According to Ned Price, a spokesman for the US State Department, terrorists can use Afghan soil to launch strikes against Pakistan. As a result, the US will support Pakistan in its fight against terrorism. Before issuing such statements, the US government should first reconsider its past strategies and compensate Pakistan’s losses that it suffered for being the “frontline ally” in the fight against terrorism. It has become clear recently that the proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan and other terrorist groups are regrouping, and it is feared that Afghanistan may once again serve as a sanctuary for international terrorists. In the early 2000s, Pakistan was considered a key ally in the battle against terrorism by Western capitals, but as time went on, Pakistan was left to handle the conflict on its own. The world has been experiencing ups and downs in peace and order due to the worldwide issue of terrorism for more or less two decades. America, a worldwide powerhouse, rallied the globe around this issue in order to further its goals and then, disguising itself as such, began a new war. When the American administration decided to attack “Tora Bora” in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s military leadership opted to back the war and offered logistical support to the US in this conflict; it also provided air bases for American jets and information. In exchange for these “services,” it aided the United States.
The Taliban dictatorship in Afghanistan was deposed, and a US-backed government took power in its place, but Pakistan continued to face criticism for acting as a front-line ally. The militants targeted by the US war in Afghanistan used this statement. On the strength of their power, the US and its allies formed a government of its choice in Kabul but failed to establish the writ of this government in other places. The Taliban’s resistance remained in these areas, and Afghanistan was ravaged by civil strife for years. Terrorist attacks in Pakistan have now become more frequent. Pakistan’s military and civil governments waged a ferocious anti-terrorism campaign, carrying out operations against terrorists. As a result, the terrorists’ back was broken; but, in order to achieve success in this conflict, Pakistan had to make significant sacrifices, including the deaths of 80,000 civilians and military people. In these circumstances, America should have given Pakistan full support as a frontline ally, but it just supplied rhetorical support. The war against terrorism is not just a problem in Pakistan; it is a worldwide challenge that demands global joint efforts to address. India is the primary source and underlying cause of terrorism, yet the US administration ignores India’s terrorist acts while providing full support to it, undermining its dual role in combating terrorism.