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Pakistan And US – A Balancing Act

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

There are some fundamental truths that both Pakistanis and Americans need to understand about our mutual relationship especially in Afghanistan :

1.  Pakistan and US are natural allies.  I know the fashionable in India and the US like to talk of a “natural alliance” between their two countries but both India and the US must realize that theirs can be at best a mercantile relationship.   Natural alliances are not necessarily based on  hollow idealism and grandiose but ridiculous propositions like the “arcs of democracy”. If this was true,  Pakistan and Russia would be natural allies but they are not.   Natural alliances are based on convergence of geo-strategic objectives and in the case of Pakistan the long term interests of Pakistan and US will always coincide in this region.     Continue reading

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