Time to Reboot U.S.-Pakistan Ties
Haider Mullick, The Diplomat
The fallout from US drone strikes in Pakistan isn’t limited to the significant – but diminishing – collateral damage. The worst side effect isn’t increased terrorist recruitment, but the long-standing official information blackout about the drone programme. Most Pakistanis see drones as robbers of their national sovereignty. But instead of explaining the how and whys of the complex Washington-Islamabad counterterrorism partnership, Pakistani elected officials exercise hypocrisy: publicly censuring Washington while secretly fuelling drones and providing Pakistani spotters.