Pakistan And America Are In The Throes Of A Serious Diplomatic Crisis

Authored by Andrew Korybko via Oriental Review,

The steady deterioration of relations between these two erstwhile long-time allies is continuing with the latest political crisis between them that was sparked by the US’ decision to limit the distance that Pakistani diplomats in DC could travel outside the city.

Islamabad imposed reciprocal measures against American diplomats located anywhere in the country, and the situation has since remained frozen, but is nowhere near resolved.

While American-Pakistani relations have been worsening for the past couple of years now and especially since Trump’s aggressive New Year’s tweet against the country, they hit a low point when an American military attaché who had hit and killed a motorcyclist was originally forbidden from leaving the country aboard a US military plane that had come to retrieve him last week. A Pakistani court had ruled that he didn’t have full diplomatic immunity but he nevertheless left the country on Monday under unclear circumstances.

It was presumably the legal actions initially pursued against this diplomat that infuriated the US to the point of wanting to humiliate all Pakistani diplomats in the American capital through the imposition of new travel restrictions, but Islamabad had a good reason for broadening its own reciprocal decree to include all American diplomats anywhere in the country.

It was reported at the end of last month that the CIA failed in its secret plan to stage a jailbreak to free its local agent who was accused of cooperating with American intelligence in its quest to kill Bin Laden, and it’s well-known that US diplomats sometimes clandestinely go beyond their official duties in running spies inside their host nation. That’s probably what the Pakistanis are worried about after the news broke that the CIA was trying to organize a jailbreak, one which probably would have been violent and likely resulted in the deaths of some prison guards.

All states have the sovereign right to implement what they claim to be national security requirements, whether they really are like in the Pakistani case or are just unbelievably said to be like in the American one, but the reason why this political crisis in particular is so sensitive is because it involves the privilege of diplomatic immunity as established by the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the respect given to other countries’ diplomats more broadly. In this instance, Pakistan was right to press for the American diplomat to be brought to justice for brazenly running a red light and killing a young man, even though he was eventually allowed to leave the country, while the US is exploiting its now-irrelevant response in order to humiliate all Pakistani diplomats in the American capital. Given the national security danger that American diplomats pose after the CIA’s failed jailbreak plans, there’s a legitimate reason why Pakistan’s reciprocal response extends to all US diplomats in the country.

Nevertheless, it can be expected that the US and its global Mainstream Media partners will reframe everything in the reverse by making the world think that the Pakistani victims are really the aggressors and that the Americans are completely innocent of any wrongdoing.  This high-level intensification of the Hybrid War on Pakistan is intended to damage its target’s international reputation, but might counterproductively raise its soft power profile among its newfound multipolar partners such as Russia by proving the sincerity of the game-changing Eurasian geopolitical pivot that it’s recently commenced and which provoked the US’ rage to begin with.

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To Hell In A H… Buckaroo Banzai Sun, 05/20/2018 - 03:16 Permalink

And so they should. Uncle scam wants vassal statehood for the Pakistani's and they won't accept it. Immigration and assimilation for Muzzies in the west is a totally different story and issue, but on this subject matter the USSA got exactly what it deserves. It took a mini-revolt by CIA staff in Pakistan, for the USSA government to stop taking the piss. 

CIA staff was walking around Pakistan, conducting operations like they were on home soil and the Pakistani's refused to put up with it. The USSA refused to listen to stop taking the piss on their soil, so the Pakistan ISI allowed USSA operatives to get killed. After around 15 deaths, the message got home to CIA field officers that running assets in Pakistan, and walking around on your own, was a death sentence, reducing your intel to shit.

This was part of the reason, Bin Laden was able to hide for years without the USSA knowing about it. It took a Pakistani traitor to inform the USSA where Bin Laden was and the Pakistan ISI found the leak. The Yanks can leave him rotting in jail, sending a message to any future Pakistani informants, that the USSA will use you and let you rot in jail, once your usefulness is done.

Or they can break him out, or use back channels to get him released, showing future traitors that the Yanks keep their word. Conversely that Paki's are letting him rot, sending their own message to future traitors.

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Captain Nemo d… To Hell In A H… Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:47 Permalink

Pakistan is in a mess of its own making. On one hand they are the land of the pure. On the other they grovel to whoever they think will back them up against India. Their journalists were going overboard asking the Chinese how Pakistani support on Xinjian helped the Chinese and softened OIC criticism. What happened to religious identity then?

Everyone wants to blame somone else. When minorities in the US complain the system is rigged against them, everyone preaches self-reliance. And then they go on to complain about how the elites have rigged the system against them.

Yes, the US came calling to promote jihad with Saudi help. Who took them up on the offer? If they had any sense they would stop their crazies and realize they are South Asians instead of imagining they are half-arab and half-turk. Creating a mess where they live won't make them an oil-rich middle-eastern country.

 

 

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uhland62 YourAverageJoe Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:07 Permalink

It wasn't a natural friendship; it was a purchased friendship which was about Afghanistan. First with pay for jihadis who were to kick out the Soviets, then to kick out the Taliban from Afghanistan.

There was a lot of movement, noise, and dollars but no improvement for the Pakistani people. Then the Chinese came and wanted to cooperate on infrastructure. That looked attractive and now there's a bit of competition in Pakistan. But Pakistan has always been a mess which probably even the Chinese cannot clean up. 

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uhland62 YourAverageJoe Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:08 Permalink

It wasn't a natural friendship; it was a purchased friendship which was about Afghanistan. First with pay for jihadis who were to kick out the Soviets, then to kick out the Taliban from Afghanistan.

There was a lot of movement, noise, and dollars but no improvement for the Pakistani people. Then the Chinese came and wanted to cooperate on infrastructure. That looked attractive and now there's a bit of competition in Pakistan. But Pakistan has always been a mess which probably even the Chinese cannot clean up. 

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13thWarrior The_Juggernaut Sun, 05/20/2018 - 12:21 Permalink

Not many people remember US attempted regime change in Pakistan similar to Syria and US failed.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Violence_in_Pakistan_2006%E2%80%9309

 

Pakistan is no saint. Pakistan was US client state since inception. Gun running all over the Eurasia and Africa for Uncle Sam Yankee Jihad for more than six decades. Suddenly Pakistan woke up to be on the receiving end of Wahabism funded by CIA.

 

Pakistan at one time had terrorist coming from all over the world and waltzing in without any problems. Turns out Pakistan immigration system was supplied by CIA front company Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PISCES

https://tribune.com.pk/story/184568/pakistan-to-replace-insecure-us-bor…

 

All corrupt politicians have second citizenship in US or UK so they are trying to salvage relationship with Uncle Sam.

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Davidduke2000 Stan522 Sun, 05/20/2018 - 07:05 Permalink

it is the us who went cocksucking Pakistanis when the Soviets were asked to go into Afghanistan at the demands of the Afghan government.

The us propaganda machine called it invasion and americans went rushing to Pakistan establishing bases hence the word al-Qaeda ( military base in arabic).

the rest is history to you stan. 

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