Throughout the Cold War, Pakistan has been an instrumental US ally in south and central Asia. And the close relationship has continued in the years after. Pakistan has been key to the US efforts in Afghanistan since 2001, as the only reliable staging post in a region squeezed between Iran and China.
A buffer for Iranian influence
Pakistan no longer feels itself beholden to American desires. And the US does not care enough to flex its muscle and get its way.Azeem Ibrahim