Pakistan Bristles at US Call to 'Do More'
Most would agree that Secretary Clinton's recent visit to Pakistan was less hostile and generally more promising than her last. Still, relations between the two nations remain complicated and not everyone is pleased with the outcome of Clinton's visit.
"Secretary Clinton's visit to spearhead the ongoing ‘strategic dialogue' with Pakistan and interact with the political and military leadership has received mixed response in Pakistan," says Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Fellow Hassan Abbas. "She reiterated the commitment that the U.S. seeks robust and cohesive ties with the country and even hinted at enhanced military aid for security sector improvements, besides continuation of economic and development support. However, she underlined the need for Pakistan to do more. The phrase ‘do more' is particularly not a popular one in Pakistan especially when it comes from the U.S. The U.S. concerns about the Haqqani group (operating from North Waziristan) have increased in recent months as the situation in Afghanistan is getting more complicated and challenging. The U.S.-Pakistan relationship, though more open and interactive than before, can become strained in coming months if mutual expectations are not met."