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Saturday, May 14, 2016, Jaistha 1, 1423 BS, Shaban 6, 1437 Hijri


Islamabad admits ties with US under ?stress?
?Pak a duplicitous, dangerous partner for US? : NYT
Published :Saturday, 14 May, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 27
WASHINGTON, May 13 : Underlining that Pakistan's "double game" has long frustrated US officials, a leading American daily today said the country remains a "duplicitous and dangerous" partner for the US and it was time to "put the squeeze" on it.
"Pakistan's double game has long frustrated American officials, and it has grown worse. There are now efforts in Washington to exert more pressure on the Pakistan Army," The New York Times said in a lead editorial today.
In the editorial 'Time to Put the Squeeze on Pakistan', the New York Times Editorial Board said nearly 15 years after 9/11, the war in Afghanistan is raging and Pakistan "deserves much of the blame". "It remains a duplicitous and dangerous partner for the United States and Afghanistan, despite USD 33 billion in American aid and repeated attempts to reset relations on a more constructive course," the editorial board wrote, questioning the Pakistan policy of the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that relations with the United States have been under stress for the past three months because of conditions attached by Washington to the funding of F-16s' sale.
According to Dawn newspaper, the adviser admitted this while winding up a debate in the Senate on an adjournment motion on the US decision to withdraw proposed subsidy on the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Aziz said that Pakistan-US relations had come to a standstill in 2011 because of incidents of WikiLeaks, Raymond Davis, Abbottabad operation, Datta Khel and Salala. Since 2013, he said Pakistan's relations with the US had witnessed an "upward trajectory".    ?PTI, ANI









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