Mr Larry Pressler, a 75-year-old pro-Indian Republican politician, a former Senator in the US Congress for a long time, an old Pakistan critic and advocate of US-India friendship, and a famous writer of the most disliked Pressler Amendment against Pakistan, has written an anti-Pakistan article titled Thank You, President Trump for calling out Pakistan on Terrorism, which has recently been published in Hindustan Times. Larry Pressler is also an author of the controversial book titled, Neighbour in Arms — propagating Indian narrative on Pakistan. Indian lobby backs writers such as Larry for creating doubts against Pakistan and have become more active since the Trump administration has taken charge of the US politics.In his above-cited article, Larry Pressler has welcomed anti-Pakistan stance of Trump calling Pakistan a rogue and terrorist nation. He has also praised Trump’s latest policy on South Asia and the tweets by him bashing Pakistan on account of its so-called dubious role in the war on terror. Larry also thanked Trump for being the first US President to openly allege Pakistan for providing sanctuaries to the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network and also appreciated him for moving the US closer to India. In his above-cited book, Larry has advocated that Pakistan be considered a terrorist state. In President Trump’s review of Asian policy, the State Department distributed a dozen of Larry’s books throughout the various federal agencies. In his article, Pressler also writes that despite his announcement against Pakistan, Trump might have a problem in implementing tough steps due to behind the scene role of lobbyists on behalf of arms suppliers, bankers, and others who have financial interests in Pakistan. The criticism mentioned above of Pakistan by President Trump and Larry Pressler is done by ignoring the immense support which Pakistan has given to the US in fighting the war on terror in Afghanistan, as a consequence of which al Qaeda was eliminated from there. The aim of the criticism is primarily to scapegoat Pakistan for the US and coalition forces’ failures in Afghanistan. Since 2001, Pakistan has fought the war on terror as a non-NATO ally of the US. In this war, Pakistan has fought some of the very courageous battles against terrorists and achieved significant successes. Pakistan has eliminated all hideouts of terrorists from its border region with Afghanistan. While most of the terrorists have been eliminated, very few were able to escape to Afghanistan to hide there.Given the strategic significance of Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan, President Trump should not undermine Pakistan’s value on the wrong advice of India and its lobbyistsNowadays, very occasional incidents of terrorism that happened in Pakistan are done by those terrorists who are enjoying sanctuaries in Afghanistan. But terrorism in Pakistan has been rooted out at a substantial cost. While fighting terrorism, Pakistan has suffered more than 60000 human casualties (including officers and soldiers of security forces and civilian casualties) and economic losses of above US $103 billion. And then, instead of acknowledging Pakistan’s achievements in the war on terror and the sacrifices it has rendered in the process, persons like Larry Pressler are acting as Indian lobbyists in the US to mislead President Trump about Pakistan. In fact, it is all geopolitics which is being played with Pakistan. After getting Pakistan’s support in fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, now it is being sidelined on India’s behest by discrediting it since the US has now embraced India to serve its interests in the Indo-Pacific region to contain China’s peaceful economic rise. In the process, the US has even lost sight of the fact that Pakistan is still a much useful partner country than India for completely rooting out terrorism in the region and bringing peace in Afghanistan.In this context, the US has also ignored the fact that to harm Pakistan, India is using Afghan soil to destabilise Balochistan and to continue with his this anti-Pakistan strategy India wants that Afghanistan should be kept unstable. In this regard, the US needs to investigate the dubious role which the Indian intelligence seems to be playing to perpetuate terrorism in Afghanistan to blame Pakistan. The US also needs to understand that India will continue to act as a spoiler country to harm the peace process in Afghanistan. While blaming Pakistan for providing sanctuaries to the Afghan resistance groups, the US has also overlooked the fact that the Afghan Taliban control more than 45 percent of Afghanistan and they do not need to have any sanctuaries in Pakistan. Thus, given the strategic significance of Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan, President Trump should not undermine Pakistan’s value on wrong advices of India and its lobbyists like Larry Pressler. In view of the preceding discussion, while the US needs to acknowledge Pakistan’s contributions in the war on terror, it should also accept its sincere efforts for peace in Afghanistan and help fund the fencing of Pakistan-Afghanistan borders.The writer is an ex-Army officer and a former Research Fellow, Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI), Islamabad Published in Daily Times, April 15th 2018.