The answer is rather plain and
simple—the decision to stop US aid to Pakistan came from (Not My) President Donald
Trump, who, in subtle terms, is no less than a joke. When it comes to his
foreign policy, it has been fairly disappointing, with very less thoughts going
into his decisions to engage with other nations diplomatically.
Aside from Russia, Trump
administration isn’t really on a very friendly terms with any major country, as
was the case when Barack Obama was the president.
Yes, US’s aid withdrawal on
Pakistan will definitely hurt Pak economically. But India shouldn’t jingoistically
claim this as a diplomatic victory, as it has been happening for few days on the
right-wing media channels.
Let’s understand this—Trump’s reigns
revolve around the idea “America First”. So his move to cut back on the aid
Pakistan gets has very less to do with terrorism and all (as he mentioned in
his, well, tweets) but has more to do with his nationalist stance.
After all, he is the same guy who
praised Pakistan back in October, saying the ties between USA and Pak seems
respectful and harmonious.
And now his decision to withhold $255
million in aid is completely opposite to his 3-months old stand.
His latest move is in line of
cutting back on money that USA spends on other countries. He is saving from
foreign expense to assumingly spend on people of America.
Why Indians shouldn’t really make
a hullabaloo of this development is because India too depends on economic aid
from USA. In fact, a 2015 report on Times of India claimed that India is the
largest recipient of US economic assistance over the course of 66-year period,
receiving $65.1 billion. If Trump continues with his “America first” and “Make
America Great Again” saga, that lunatic-like president would hardly double
think on withdrawing US assistance to India.
And if that ever happens, India
could be in deep trouble. Because while India’s economy is better that most of
the countries’, it’s still walking on a thin rope that’s shaking right now
after the ***** from demonetization and ineffective implementation of GST! To
that, poor terms with USA could hurt India’s position on the global scene, with
the country already dealing with tainted relationship with China.