Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pakistan-US relations!

The recently circulated 'National Security Strategy' document by the White House indeed radiates good omens for Pakistan, and there are prospects of long-term constructive engagement between the two countries. However, almost simultaneously The Washington Post has carried a story that the US military is studying options for a 'unilateral strike' in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to Pakistan's tribal areas. Presumably, the story was a deliberate leak by the US administration to pressurise Pakistan into taking an immediate military action in North Waziristan. One is not sure whether this media gambit would achieve the desired result in the context of North Waziristan, but certainly it torpedoed a chance for earning public goodwill, which a good National Security Strategy could have accrued to the US.


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