CoAS General Raheel Sharif is all set for a visit to the United States this Sunday. Much speculation regarding the agenda of this crucial visit is in the air. Experts suggest that the meeting will underscore security issues in the region especially in connection with Afghanistan while the imbalance between the civilian-military power will also come under focus. The visit will last for five days from 15th-20th November. Rumors suggest that the visit was instigated by CoAS General Raheel Sharif himself. The agenda may be the same as it was with PM Nawaz’s visit which would include talks on Pakistan’s nuclear program as well.
Washington sees Islamabad as one of the partners capable of bringing Taliban militants to the negotiating table. The new leader of Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour is said to have close ties to Pakistan. CoAS General Raheel Sharif will hold discussions on the Haqqani network, a militant organization operating under Taliban. Washington believes that Islamabad is capable of doing more to influence said militant organizations to end violence. The matter was stressed upon by the Obama administration during PM Nawaz’s visit last month. Commenting on the unusual circumstances of CoAS General Raheel Sharif’s visit, Masood, a retired lieutenant general said,
It’s not that the Americans have invited him but he has invited himself. Normally this doesn’t happen. [It signals the] importance of the problems that both the countries seem to be facing in the region and especially because of the Afghan situation.
The primary points under discussion are presumably Pakistan’s nuclear program, indiscriminately fighting against all terrorist organizations, and Afghan peace process. Since the nuclear program and country’s security is primarily under the military, it would make sense for CoAS General Raheel Sharif to have discussions regarding these issues with his American counterparts. But we must stress again, that Pakistan should not be looking to sign a civil nuclear deal with the United States, given its devastating consequences. Another important aspect of the talks may be the obvious imbalance between civilian-military powers in Pakistan. CoAS General Raheel Sharif is also expected to take a tough stance against India and her actions against Pakistan’s interest, posing threats to the country internally and externally. At any rate, this visit of CoAS General Raheel Sharif is expected to bear more fruit compared to PM Nawaz’s visit last month.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.