Zalmay Khalilzad, an Afghan-origin’s US diplomat who played a key role in America’s policy towards Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq after the 9-11 terrorist attacks, has advised the US government to adopt a policy of “total isolation” against Pakistan and send Islamabad a strong signal to face the prospect of becoming a “second North Korea”. He asked the US government to suspend all assistance to Pakistan and “move towards isolating Pakistan internationally, including not supporting IMF renewal of financial support.”

Indian Prime Minister Modi, in his address to the US Congress, urged America to isolate Pakistan.Pakistan has always extended help to US. Tom Harkin, the Senior US Senator, rightly said: “Cold War or Hot War, in every war they (Pakistanis) stood by the Americans. If it was not for Pakistan, I dare say the Cold War would not have been won.” By backstabbing Pakistan, America is losing a friend that has sacrificed its men, around $1trillion worth of its property and much more for it.

HAMZA ALI,

Islamabad, July 1