If coming under attack from India was not enough of an embarrassment for Pakistan, getting snubbed by their oft-described ally, the United States (US), must not have lifted their spirits.
Earlier, the US would often play the role of a neutral peacemaker whenever the two South Asian nuclear nations came to a head. But for some time now, it seems like good-old Uncle Sam is not interested in shielding its irksome “ally” Pakistan.
In light of the successful surgical strikes conducted by the Indian Army on Pakistan’s terror camps, here’s an excerpt from US National Security Advisor Susan E Rice’s conversation with her Indian counterpart Ajit Doval:
Ambassador Rice affirmed President Obama’s commitment to redouble our efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of terrorism throughout the world. Highlighting the danger that cross-border terrorism poses to the region, Ambassador Rice reiterated our expectation that Pakistan take effective action to combat and delegitimize United Nations-designated terrorist individuals and entities, including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, and their affiliates.Source: Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price
In politics – whether national or international – there are no permanent friends or enemies. But for now, it seems like Pakistan is fast running out of friends it can even partially count on.