WASHINGTON (APS) Feb 10,2017- According to a Reuters report that the top US commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday that there was a need for a “holistic review” of the relationship with Pakistan, potentially opening the door for a new approach to one of America s most vexing alliances.
Experts said the remarks by Army General John Nicholson, who leads U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, could signal a harsher policy toward Pakistan under President Donald Trump s administration.
However, they warned that such an approach could be a high-risk strategy that could threaten the long-term stability of the region.
“Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review,” Nicholson told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
He added that ties with Pakistan would be a priority in his discussions with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and the White House, which has given little details on its strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The United States has cut both military and economic aid to Pakistan sharply in recent years, reflecting mounting frustration among a growing number of officials with the country s support for the Taliban in neighboring Afghanistan.