The unending Pak-US soap opera

Islamabad’s statement may have been addressed to the US but the message was meant for internal consumption in Pakistan. US is increasingly portrayed in Pakistan as its arch enemy, whose sole aim is to gain control of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. General Kayani has been under pressure from the rank and file of his army after being perceived as a US-friendly General and this declaration is meant to ward off pressure from his own officers and soldiers. In this highly charged environment, it is extremely unlikely that Pakistan and US can have even limited military cooperation in the region, leave alone a strategic partnership.