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Calling a Spade a Spade
A Non-Ally Relationship with Pakistan

President Trump’s eruptions against Pakistan acknowledge a longstanding historical reality: for all practical purposes, Pakistan and the United States are not allies.

Published on: January 12, 2018
Husain Haqqani, director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, was Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-11. His forthcoming book is Reimagining Pakistan.
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  • The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was never more than an ally of situational convenience, we never really trusted them, and they never really trusted us. It was more like we would pay them a certain amount of money in exchange for their cooperation for a number of years.

    Even ignoring the diverging interests of our two governments, it is difficult to support a nation with so few rights for women and minorities, or a government which still jails an innocent doctor for helping divulge the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden within its borders.

    What is more, 74% of Pakistanis already see the United States as an “enemy” rather than as an ally:

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  • D4x

    Husain Haqqani merits a better platform for his thoughtful assessment of US-Pakistan relations than The American Interest, which has driven most thoughtful readers away since the relaunch of October 18, 2017.

    I and look forward to HH’s analysis of Pakistan’s inability to adapt to India’s growing bilateral relationship with the USA, and Afghanistan…somewhere…

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