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President Obama’s visit to India, with his open criticism of Pakistan, could end up pushing Islamabad even closer to China and set up competition between the U.S. and China in a region Beijing claims as its own sphere of influence, analysts have said in a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
And worse yet is the fact that Islamabad has fashioned its entire military doctrine to confront – at some point – India.
Now, Pakistan’s pro-China lobby, headed by the retired Gen. Tariq Majeed, may become even more influential.
This tilt comes despite the initial efforts by Washington and Islamabad to improve their ties immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the U.S. The U.S. sought Pakistan’s help in combating the Taliban, which is killing U.S. and allied troops in neighboring Afghanistan. The problem is that Pakistan created the Taliban.
Before that relationship began to crumble, the U.S. even was allowed to establish a naval base in Ormara in Baluchistan in the western portion of Pakistan, and U.S. defense contractors were given access to the country.
But now the Pakistani army has strengthened itself in the decision-making process against a weak Pakistani civilian government run by Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Some regional analysts believe that the Pakistani military could take over the government within the next 10 months. Many Pakistanis believe this may be the answer to a militant insurgency that increasingly is threatening the government.
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