Washington D.C : Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama today. White House released a statement earlier this week stating that Pakistan PM’s visit would highlight the enduring nature of US-Pakistan relationship and provide an opportunity to strengthen their cooperation on issues of mutual concern, including economic growth, trade and investment, clean energy, global health, climate change, nuclear security, counter terrorism, and regional stability.
US made preparations to this meet via other token gestures in town, like – a Congressional resolution praising Sharif and his role in Pakistan’s democracy, the other Sharif though – Pakistan’s Army General Raheel Sharif, who is believed to wield the real power behind the civilian representative Nawaz Sharif.
Sharif, who is flying into the US on a Gulf Stream jet, will be housed in Blair House, opposite the White House, according to Pakistani sources. Blair House has had a history two ways – either giving extra importance to Pakistani top leaders ahead of bilateral visit talks, or otherwise – for a dressing down – as President Bill Clinton did to Nawaz Sharif in the middle of the Kargil war when then Army chief Pervez Musharraf sent him to Washington to sue for peace.
Ahead of meeting of both county leaders, Pakistan has expressed its deepest intent on the nuclear developments which it had nurtured all along, and the direction of use, if it may be required, some day. Pakistan said its development of tactical battlefield nuclear weapons was only aimed at deterring any conventional Indian attack.Pakistan’s foreign secretary has blamed India for creating a gap in the conventional capabilities of the two countries.
In what can be stated as an audacious portrayal of Pakistan’s offensive nuclear ambitions, the country’s foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhury told Pakistani journalists ahead of the Obama-Sharif meeting that it is India which is taking positions alongside Pakistan border which has been forcing Pakistan to get prepared for eventualities and take a call on its nuclear front. He said, India had moved cantonments to the Pakistan border and created a gap in the conventional capabilities of the two countries through its Cold Start doctrine, and that has forced Pakistan to developed short-range nuclear weapons to deter any possible Indian attack.He added – Pakistan has built an infrastructure near border areas to launch a quickest response to Indian aggression. Usage of such low-yield nuclear weapons would make it difficult for India to launch a war against Pakistan.
Rizvan Akhtar, Director, Pakistan’s intelligence service ISI, visited Washington to discuss the red lines consequent to US anger about Pakistan’s subversive role in Afghanistan.This visit was made just ahead of Sharif-Obama meet scheduled today.