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The political future of the United States has ramifications for almost every country in the world. Nations around the globe have already begun weighing in on the pros and cons of Donald Trump's shock win+ in the US Elections. One prominent in the list is Pakistan - a nation that was once asked by Trump to apologise for sheltering Osama Bin Laden.


In an article published by Pakistan's Dawn, several eminent scholars and analysts of the country outlined that the billionaire as president, may adopt a hardline approach towards their country. "A Trump presidency will certainly be disconcerting because of its potential unpredictability," said Mosharraf Zaidi, who is part of the Ali Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan. "(However) Pakistani policy makers will face the same pro-India slant, and the same surplus of expectations from the Pakistani military that have been the staple of US policy since 1992."
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Lawyer Babar Sattar too highlighted the potential of having a highly unpredictable US President. "For those who think Clinton might be a hawk regarding Pakistan, just remember it's much preferable dealing with challenging policy than hate/bigotry," he tweeted. This 'hate/bigotry' can also be a massive problem for Pakistan - a country struggling to deal with jihadists and terrorism on the domestic front. "Trump's victory will be an enormous gift to a failing jihadist movement, that will have now have a renewed rallying cry," tweeted Ammar Rashid, an eminent political writer.

 

The sentiments were echoed, actually amplified, earlier in the year when columnist Hamzah Rifaat wrote for southasianvoices.org that Pakistan may have to bear the brunt of Trump's Islamophobia. "What has perturbed the general public (in Pakistan) the most is Trump's Islamophobic and racist rhetoric, which has made him the subject of both criticism and fascination," he wrote as far back as in February of this year. "The worst part about Trump, however, is that his rhetoric could possibly embolden Islamic State sympathizers within Pakistan."

 

Others like former President Pervez Musharraf though, expressed optimism and said south-Asian tensions can be subsided by Trump. "I hope he [Donald Trump] will focus keenly to bring peace and stability around the world and demonstrate deliberate leadership in resolving the conflicts in the Indo-Pakistan subcontinent," he wrote in a Facebook post. "We must trust and work together to crush terrorism and eliminate extremism from a position of strength."
The future of US-Pakistan relations may then be a little uncertain currently but in the long-term, interests over individuals may decide the direction, as elaborated upon by Pakistani senator Mushahid Hussain. "Whoever wins, Hillary or Trump, their policies towards Pakistan will be based on promoting their country's interests," he had told Pakistan's The News a day before the US elections. "It's not about individuals, it's about interests, instead of a naive approach banking on personality, rather than policy".

Courtesy: TOI

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