U.S.-Pakistan Relation At All-Time Low

U.S.-Pakistan Relation At All-Time Low

Washington : DC : USA | Jun 10, 2012 at 12:20 PM PDT
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Pakistan-United States relation hit all-time low when this week the U.S. defense secretary flaunted in front of an Indian audience as to how they managed to keep Pakistani military and government in the dark about the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden.

Leon Panetta revealed that the main idea of the hidden operation on Pakistan’s soil was to keep the OBL-hosting country away from participating in the operation. He hinted that there exist certain people in the Pakistani military that are not happy with Osama Bin laden’s killing.

"They didn't know about our operation. That was the whole idea," Leon Panetta said in a speech in New Delhi, as reported by the Huffington Post. His words were followed by a good laugh from the crowd.

Political analysts believe that for a good mutual relationship between Pakistan and the United States at this crucial time, U.S. State Department officials must carefully choose their words.

Pakistan military officials have earlier impressed that the unilateral operation from the U.S. troops proved that they wanted to act alone. Ever since the Osama raid, the two countries have not been on good terms.

"It has taken on attributes and characteristics now of a near adversarial relationship, even though neither side wants it to be that way," said Maleeha Lodhi, former Pakistan’s ambassador to U.S.

Pakistan has also blocked the NATO supply routes through Pakistan in an attempt to halt the United States incursions. The recent assertions by Panetta will cause more problems for both the countries, who are trying to amend the trust deficit.

A senior U.S. official stated the relationship as "the worst it has ever been."

"This is from Washington's point of view and from Pakistan's point of view, and even among the real well-wishers on both sides who are appalled and befuddled that we can't get past all of this and move beyond," said the official.

In reply to Panetta’s assertions, a senior Pakistani official said that Pakistani people have been giving sacrifices for the United States’ war for more than a decade now, but in return the United States government has only rewarded them with unconvincing allegations.

For the U.S.-Pakistan relation to improve, both sides will have to be a little realistic. They should both take care of each other’s national interests. In this war against terror, everyone must contribute as much as they can. Strained relations among allies will only strengthen the enemies more.

Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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