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Pakistani Army's Assertion

The winner in the frayed relations between the United States and Pakistan is the Pakistani military.

State-to-state relations between the United States and Pakistan – allies in the so-called “war on terror” – have rapidly deteriorated over the past year. These dealings touched a new low last month following the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) bombing in Mohmand district in Pakistan close to the Afghanistan border and revelations of what is described in the Pakistani media as “memogate”.

The Pakistan government’s responses to the bombing – closure of supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan, an end to the US use of the Shamsi air base and a decision to boycott the Bonn conference on reaching a political solution to the Afghan conflict – will not affect NATO’s ability to wage war. But they do point to obvious strains emerging in a peculiar relationship between Pakistan and the US.

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