US think tank urges Biden to call PM Shehbaz to ‘reset ties’ with Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: A US think tank called Brookings has urged US President Joe Biden to call Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, suggesting he “reset ties with Pakistan”, According to Dawn, one of the writers of the report — Bruce Riedel — was an adviser to the Clinton and Obama administrations and is also close to the current Democratic set-up in Washington. The other writer is Madiha Afzal who is a fellow at the Centre for Middle East policy. The writers argued in the paper: “The end of American involvement in Afghanistan and the change in leadership in Pakistan presents the United States with an opportunity to reset its long-troubled relationship with the world’s fifth-most populous country.” “President Biden should initiate a high-level dialogue with new Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who will be in power for up to a year before the next election is held,” the report noted. The US policy focused on fighting wars in Afghanistan, noted the writers. 

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