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USA- PAKISTAN- End of Road of co operation

USA- PAKISTAN- End of Road  of co operation

The Osama Bin Laden episode has signaled a turning point in the U.S. Pak relationship . It has exposed the split in the bilateral ties between the two nations which is under considerable strain. The relationship between Pakistan and the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has also plummeted. This is primarily because Pakistan opposes several components of U.S. policy, especially positions that are viewed as pro-India.
The death of two dozen Pakistani soldiers in a NATO attack indicates the progressive deterioration of US-Pakistan bilateral ties. Pakistan reacted to the Nov 26 NATO air strike by closing the supply lines for US and NATO troops and also demanded American troops to leave the Shamsi air base in the country. This is the worst setback for the US-Pakistan anti-terrorism coalition since its establishment 10 years ago and also a symbolic event indicating the progressive deterioration of US-Pakistan relations after the Raymond Davis case (Davis is a CIA contractor who shot dead two Pakistani men in Lahore) and the death of Osama bin Laden earlier this year. The US government had to intervene after Davis was arrested. The US always says rules must be followed on the one hand, but on the other hand it ignores basic principles of international law while conducting anti-terrorism activities in Pakistan. It clearly shows that US never ever regarded Pakistan as an equal anti-terrorism partner.
There is growing concern about U.S. drone attacks directed at Taliban and al-Qaeda elements inside Pakistan that also cause significant collateral damage. The role of American military contractors and the unilateral U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s haven inside Pakistan are especially debatable. The U.S. is annoyed by Pakistan’s ties to the Taliban, whether Osama bin Laden was harbored by elements in the Pakistani government or security service or both, charges of prevalent corruption in the government, and difficulties coordinating U.S. military policies with Pakistan’s army.
Pakistan’s public opinion of the U.S. has deteriorated significantly over the past few years. For instance, a recent survey reports that pro-America sentiment in Pakistan was at 17% in 2010. The reason cited for this dip is a combination of U.S. policies and public misunderstandings about U.S. actions .The U.S. strategy must be based on understanding Pakistan’s objectives as well as those of the United States in order to be successful .If the U.S.wishes to maintain cordial relations with Pakistan, then it must understand Pakistan’s most important strategic objectives and problems, whether or not it desires to accommodate them. A well equipped economy is the most important factor for long term stability, including investment in critical infrastructure. Pakistan’s economy and logistical infrastructure has taken a beating by the 2010 flooding of the Indus River and its tributaries. Arriving at a mutually beneficial strategy requires identifying areas of common interests and negotiating issues that are sensitive and intense in nature to both parties. The U.S. policy will be more effective if it is based on an understanding of Pakistani interests. Nonetheless, it doesn’t mean that Pakistan should be accommodated at the expense of U.S. national security interests. All this should be worked out in a manner without jeopardizing U.S national security interests. If the US does not change its policies and take measures to guarantee Pakistan’s sovereign and security, the alliance will inevitably come to an end.Back home ,in the U.S., there is a growing feeling that the United States must completely review its ties with Pakistan and consider cuts or new restrictions to military and economic aid .Veteran U.S. Politicians feel the need to re-evaluate a decade-long strategic relationship that has fallen through this year. The United States has been incredibly patient with Pakistan and it has remained so despite certain undeniable and deeply disturbing facts. All options regarding US security and economic assistance to Pakistan must be put across the table, including substantial reductions and stricter standards for performance. At this point of time it looks as if the civil relationships between U.S and Pakistan will continue ,at least on the official level.

USA- PAKISTAN- End of Road  of co operation


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