By Hamid Waheed
An unclassified white house report “Report on Afghanistan and Pakistan”’ pub in Mar, 2011 surfaced on White house website which describes how differently the collation partners think on different subjects relating to War on Terror(WOT). It is equally important for the common Pakistani and American to know the common perception on both sides. The main quotes of the report and Pakistan’s media perceptions will give an insight to the problem. First extract from the report says
The quoted paragraph clearly talks of ‘holding ourselves accountable’ but when the reader has gone through 38 pages of the report it mostly criticizes the other two partners Pakistan and to some extent Afghanistan. The report speaks of gray areas but fails to fix responsibility and show a way forward.
Second extract says:
Pakistan perceives its national interests are neither understood nor given any importance. At times it is Pentagon and at other either U.S government or the CIA which became instrumental to incidents like handling of Raymond Davis issue , U.S India nuclear deal, drone attacks and policy shifts like US Afghan policy directly hitting Pakistan’s national interests. The conflicting US policies by Pentagon, CIA, and White House have failed to come up with any solution for the ongoing war in Afghanistan for last nine years. America has adopted aheavy-handed approach towards Pakistan which has weakened the partnership . The CIA , ISI relationship for an average observer also remained a mystery with Pakistan hiding truth to save relationship and US finding some means to leak information and embarrass Pakistan and ISI after each drone attack and US contractors force actions which is widely believed to be an act of mutual understanding. The drone attack on the next day of Raymond’s release received a rare condemnation by the Pakistan army chief Kiyani. Washington’s lukewarm reaction to his concern and Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry’s statement that the fundamentals of our relations need to be revisited and Pakistan should not be taken for granted nor treated as a client state is a sign of how troubled the strategically vital relationship between the two countries has become. Solution lies in looking inwards and not in blame games, more accommodation and understanding of others national interests. WOT in Afghanistan needs a systematic transition towards political solution mistrust amongst stakeholders at this crucial stage may lead the region to disaster.
The third Extract says: