U.S. president Donald Trump is said to be considering a hard-line approach to relations with Pakistan in order to crack down on Pakistan-based militants who are launching attacks in Afghanistan.
|Two U.S. officials made the claim to Reuters. Possible moves being discussed include expanding U.S. drone strikes, withholding some aid, and even downgrading Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally. The two officials insisted on being anonymous. Other U.S. officials believe that hardening policy will not change Pakistan's behavior of support for militant groups, as they see them as key to having influence in Afghanistan. The U.S. strengthening ties with India, a prime foe of Pakistan, is also likely to prevent any breakthrough with Pakistan. U.S. officials said that they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan rather than any rupture of ties. However, adopting a hard line could very well end up rupturing ties. There is to be a review due by mid-July of policy in the region including of strategy to guide the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.|