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Khan trip will bring modest boost to Pakistan-US ties

Monday, July 15, 2019

Significance

Islamabad has always denied US allegations that it harbours militants that attack Afghanistan. Khan’s trip to Washington comes as an Afghan peace process gains momentum and US-Iran tensions simmer.

Impacts

  • Pakistan’s key partner China will offer little pushback on Islamabad’s outreach to Washington.
  • Islamabad’s relations with Delhi are unlikely to improve despite Pakistan stemming militant infiltration into Indian-administered Kashmir.
  • Pakistan-Iran relations, already strained, will deteriorate further.
  • Pakistan’s army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa will later this year likely get a one-year extension to his term.
  • Insurgency in Pakistan’s Balochistan province will intensify.
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