Pakistan Could Be Added To Trump’s Muslim Ban List

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Pakistan could be in trouble, as U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sign two executive orders barring immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. On Wednesday, Trump reportedly signed a controversial order temporarily barring Muslims from seven countries – Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia.

While the seven countries on Trump’s so-called Muslim ban list include some of those with large Islamic populations and where there is a high terrorist threat, some might say that Pakistan fits the criteria perfectly. And while the nation with 195 million population, approximately 97% of whom are Muslims, hasn’t been included on the Muslim ban list yet, there is a high chance Trump could add Pakistan, along with Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan, to the list.

High chance Pakistan could be included on the Muslim ban list

There are several reasons Pakistan could be included on Trump’s Muslim ban list. First of all, Pakistan’s proximity to war-torn Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran (the latter two are already on the list) increases its chances of getting on the infamous list.

Second of all, the U.S. believes Pakistan has for years sheltered terrorist elements, while India’s claims about its traditional enemy allegedly harboring terrorist groups don’t exactly cleanse Pakistan’s reputation on its involvement in terrorism. Third of all, the mention of Pakistan has regularly popped up during terrorist attacks on the U.S. in recent years.

History of Pakistan’s involvement in terrorism in the U.S.

On December 2, 2015, 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino shooting, which was carried out by a Pakistan-born lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

The even-more headline-making Orlando nightclub shooting in June 2016 killed 49 people and wounded 53 others. The terrorist attack/hate crime was carried out by an American-born U.S. citizen of Afghan descent. In December, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani accused Pakistan of exporting terror to his country.

In May 2010, a Pakistan-born resident of the U.S. attempted to carry out a terrorist attack in Times Square in Manhattan, New York. A year later, when United States Navy SEALs killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, then-President Barack Obama accused Pakistan of sheltering terrorists.

Obama’s accusations on Pakistan’s links to terrorism were the turning point in relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, which were once close allies. In recent years, Islamabad has been accused of not doing enough to eliminate terror groups operating from its territory.

As the new U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly said, he wants to keep Muslim immigrants who might harm Americans from entering the U.S., there’s a high chance Pakistan could still be included on his infamous Muslim ban list, given the country’s involvement in terrorist attacks in the U.S. in recent years.

What should Pakistan expect from Trump’s Muslim ban?

At this point, it’s unclear how the new U.S. administration perceives Pakistan, given that the Obama administration believed that Islamabad is sponsoring terrorism in the war-ridden region. However, it’s probably safe to say that if Trump doesn’t officially ban Pakistanis from entering the U.S., the nation’s citizens should probably expect in-person interviews with American immigration officers and additional security checks at U.S. airports involving special security screenings.

And even if Pakistanis manage to get into the U.S. through the nerve-wracking interviews and thorough security checks at airports, they would still be viewed differently by Americans, making them feel like “second-class” people and completely out of place, not to mention the suspicious gazes from Americans.

Trump to reintroduce torture and secret overseas “black sites”

While Trump’s temporary ban against the Islamic countries is expected to last several months until the U.S. adopts a permanently stricter border policy, Trump is also considering enhancing enforcement power for border agents and reintroducing torture techniques at the border. In addition to keeping refugees and some visa holders from the Muslim countries from entering the U.S., Trump reportedly wants to reintroduce secret overseas “black site” prisons that allow agents to interrogate terrorism suspects.

The new executive orders, which also include building the infamous wall on the border with Mexico, are expected to drastically change how America deals with immigration, border security and the fight against terrorism. It would also drastically reshape U.S. relations with the Muslim countries on the list, as the move has already fueled anger around the world.

During his presidential campaign, Trump was hell-bent on cracking down on immigrants entering the U.S. illegally. He insisted that America had become too “politically correct” to actually defend Americans from terrorism threats.

Trump: “You’re going to see” if we’ll ban Pakistan

In an interview with ABC News on Thursday, Trump addressed his controversial Muslim ban and revealed the chances of Pakistan being included in the list. In his first-ever media interview after his inauguration, he reiterated his campaign pledges to ban immigrants from Islamic countries. The President said it’s not his intention to ban all Muslim, only those coming from countries with high terrorist threats.

“No it is not the Muslim ban. But it is countries that have tremendous terror,” Trump told David Muir of ABC News.

Trump added that he’ll ban the countries from which “people are going to come in and cause us tremendous problems.” He insisted that the U.S. is already having “enough problems” and reiterated that there are people who want to enter the country to do “tremendous destruction.”

When the ABC News host asked Trump if people from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia will be included on the Muslim ban list, he gave a very ambiguous answer.

“You’re going to see — you’re going to see,” Trump said, adding that America would do “extreme vetting” in all cases from now on.

He also said that his country won’t allow anyone in if there is “even a little chance” they could harm America.

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About the Author

Polina Tikhonova
Polina Tikhonova is a writer, journalist and a certified translator. Over the past 7 years, she has worked for a wide variety of top European, American, Russian, and Ukrainian media outlets. Polina holds a Master's Degree in English Philology from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Saint Petersburg State University. Her articles and news reports have been published by many newspapers, magazines, journals, blogs and online media sources across the globe. Polina is fluent in English, German, Ukrainian and Russian.

10 Comments on "Pakistan Could Be Added To Trump’s Muslim Ban List"

  1. Trust me you will be, the party is over, Donald Trump will teach terror loving Jihadi supporting Pakistani elite a big lesson. He might even start funding separatist movements in Balochistan, NW Frontier, and on the Durrant line. Trump said he is the most militaristic person ever, and could use Pakistan for target practice.

  2. Ban the Pakistani elite from travelling and living in US or Europe. Paki politicians fund and use terrorists at home and when abroad they drink, screw hookers, and buy houses in London. Garbage like that should be kept out.

  3. I completely agree that redicalized muslims exist and they must be prosecuted in a proper manner .I am a muslim by birth and I simply do not support any kind of terrorist acts and crimes against humanity in either context. But the way Mr Trump is prosecuting is entirely irrelevant and wastage of time .The people who conducted terrorist acts in United States did not come across the borders so why he is restricting borders and what kind of results he is expecting out of it.
    Mr Trump is simply not concerned about the internal security of the United States which is a real security issue.Can any body wander around in the downtowns of the major american cities after 10 0 clock at night and someone guarantees that he would not be looted specially Detroit city and New york city. Mr Trump is simply not concerned to restrict small weapons expansion in the society even the students of junior schools have very easy access to acquire small weapons.weapons are very common. what he is doing to restrict weapons expansion in the american society. He is not going to ban weapons sales to the general public just to save a few billion dollars industry but which has a huge impact on the general security of the public. what he is going to do to secure america internally he has nothing to do in this context in his agenda unfortunately.

  4. 4th largest i think not. however, the last couple terror attacks in the US were by pakistanis, and osama was found were? hmmm. ure defense minister just threatened israel with nukes.

  5. This author clearly is working on her GED, give her a break…her friends are working at the Times and New York Post and she is trying to catch up.

  6. Pakistan wont be included in the ban list as not even a single Pakistani was caught in terror act in the US. Those who killed Americans in the US were Somalians, Afghans and Arabs.

  7. “interviews and thorough security checks at airports, they would still be viewed differently by Americans, making them feel like “second-class” people and completely out of place, not to mention the suspicious gazes from Americans”
    What the hll is a second class citizen? All legal immigrants irrespective of nationality will always have lesser privileges than US citizens. And legal permanent residents and naturalized citizen have 95% of the same rights and privileges as US citizens (minor differences such as cant run for president, work on some secret military programs etc.). As long as you maintain a legal status there is nothing to worry about.

    Most Americans don’t even know where Pakistan is and don’t care about anything outside their state. Majority of the people were not Trump supporters … and then the ones that voted for him are not all haters, like the author, just because they voted for Trump. I have been living in US for almost 10 years now have so many other friends from Pakistan here, and never have had myself or heard any of my friends treated as a lower class citizen or got even the so called suspicious gazes.

    Visit US atleast once or atleast talk to someone from there before writing about its internal matters … as someone pointed out the crude references you make seem to suggest you are living in a cave and have no idea about how civilized countries like US function.

  8. She failed to mention, Pakistan is the only country on this planet which has directly lost over 60,000 people for supporting US war on terror and safe guarding US interest in the region. Paulina needs to be reminded that fourth largest doctors and surgeons community in the US are Pakistani decent. One of the top scientist who invented the bionic eye received US national scientific award by Obama was a Pakistani decent and the list goes on and on.

  9. “…they would still be viewed differently by Americans, making them feel like “second-class” people and completely out of place, not to mention the suspicious gazes from Americans.” Does the author live in a cave / has she never visited the US? Some of my closest friends are Pakistanis.

  10. How can this even desperately pass off as analysis? Entirely speculative, example-based arguments. Pakistan has arguably combated terrorism most effectively as a nation (according to the recent World Economic Forum) and undisputedly has suffered grave losses of life and resources. Polina should be paid for content not number of words. Disappointing to see such flimsy content on a value investing site, where only fact should be king.

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