When Al­lies Fall Apart

Pak­istan is shell-shocked to­day at US fury. Ex­cept for the brief ZAB in­ter­reg­num, it was al­ways proud of be­ing Amer­ica’s most al­lied ally.

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An at­tach­ment of a small or weak to­ward a great and pow­er­ful na­tion dooms the for­mer to be the satel­lite of the lat­ter. It is folly in one na­tion to look for dis­in­ter­ested fa­vors from an­other...it must pay with a por­tion of its in­de­pen­dence for what­ever it may ac­cept un­der that

By S.G. Ji­la­nee char­ac­ter,” said Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton in his farewell ad­dress.

There can be no truer as­sess­ment. But how many among Pak­istani in­tel­lec­tu­als, diplo­mats, politi­cians and gen­er­als ever heard of it or thought on these lines? Had they ,then Ayub Khan should not have whined, “Friends not Masters” while at the same time jump­ing on to the SEATO and CENTO band­wag­ons and al­low­ing the US to use Pak­istani ter­ri­tory to fly sur­veil­lance mis­sions into the Soviet Union.

Amer­ica never treated Pak­istan as a friend. There can be no friend­ship be­tween a beg­gar and an alms-giver;

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