Will Washington alienate Pakistan?

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is on his first visit to Islamabad as the US is considering giving India a greater role in Afghanistan. Rex Tillerson’s visit to Pakistan and India on Tuesday was as much about Pakistan’s neighbours as US-Pakistan relations.

In particular the US Secretary of State wants the Pakistani leadership to stop Taliban fighters launching attacks in Afghanistan from their side of the border.

At the same time Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is trying to dissuade the US from inviting India to play a bigger role in Afghanistan.

So, will Islamabad bow to Washington's pressure?

Presenter: Jane Dutton


Ayaz Wazir, former Pakistan Ambassador to Afghanistan

Mushtaq Rahim, political analyst and a specialist on Regional Security

Larry Korb, senior fellow at the Centre for American Progress

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