The love-hate relationship between Pakistan and the United States entered a new phase recently after hundreds of workers from several opposition parties blocked the NATO supply line in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province while the government kept silent in the face of expected mass reprisal.
This move came in the wake of rising rage across the country, generated by the continued U.S. drone attacks and the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the banned militant Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in a drone attack last month. Just hours before he was killed, a government delegation was to meet him for negotiating peace in the country and bringing an end to suicide attacks and ambushes on military convoys and installations in the decade long insurgency.
Hakimullah was not the first TTP chief the U.S. assassinated by drones right on the eve of peace negotiations with Islamabad. Many of his predecessors were killed in the same fashion over the last seven years, just when they were about to discuss peace with Islamabad. The killings of TTP heads became a sore point among the Pakistani nation whose majority believes Washington was against the restoration of peace in Pakistan and was using drone attacks to generate more suicide bombers that could attack the Pakistani army and civilians.
Washington initially countered the blockade move by announcing that it had given up supplies through Pakistan itself and would continue NATO supplies to Afghanistan through alternative cheaper routes than Pakistan. But later on, several Washington officials began issuing muffled and open threats to Islamabad regarding halting military and financial aid to Pakistan.
The U.S., as the sole super power of the world, must take it upon itself to share the biggest responsibility for global peaceMansoor Jafar