The Pak-USA relationship has always been unrealistic in all aspects. The diplomatic relations that was forged a few decades ago has been based on primarily providing economic and military assistance to Pakistan. Nevertheless, the history of these relationships can be visualized with the movement of a “roller coaster”. Things were entirely different pre 9/11 or dare I say they were rather much different before the 1998 atomic explosive tests. India’s decision to conduct nuclear tests and Pakistan’s decision to retaliate were the reasons, which set back the Pak-US relationship, and under the Glenn amendment, provisions of military and economical assistance were cancelled out.

Prior to september 11th attacks in 2001, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were key supporters of the Talibans and after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Pakistan under the supervision of Gen. Parvez Musharraf, was pressurised to join hands with the US as an ally on war against terror. Ever since the single-most important incident to alter the course of history, Pakistan has been under severe pressure from the United States and has been accused several times of supporting a war in India to gain benefits from it and that there are many who sympathise with the movement of these extremist groups. Recently, the Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has accused Pakistan that the paramilitary forces and the well-established Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are nurturing the Haqqani group which is responsible for the recent attacks on the US Embassy in Kabul. According to their spokesmen, Pakistani intelligence has clear links in supporting and breeding these Terrorist groups including the Haqqani group and these links must be diluted for Pakistan to remain an ally of the United States against war on terror.

Pakistan has been pressed to go after the heaven spots of the Haqqani group in the North Waziristan area but Pakistan has denied their presence and has confronted that neither are they willing to go after the said groups nor do they have the ability to wipe off the terror group out of their state. These remarks have left people of the community flabbergasted and is met with outright denial and a furious reaction from Pakistan which has clearly stated that such statements coming off from the US seniors will undoubtedly, force Pakistan to set back and the US will lose its ally on war on terror. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arranged an emergency meeting with her Pakistani counterpart, which lasted more than three hours in New York last week. A dire need was felt to soothe the rapidly rising tensions in the Pak-US relation.

The problem comes when the United States officials realise that if Pakistan backs off, they will be left in a chaotic situation with the extremist groups left untamed. So despite the bitter bickering, the US officials say that they look forward to resolve these differences through dialogues. The differences are there between the two nations and will continue to remain because they just can’t be mitigated, but the US still looks forward to try and minimise the effects through dialogues.