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The Steady Drone

The contenders concur on Pakistan; its people examine the nuances

The Steady Drone
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The Steady Drone
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The pride of position Af-Pak occupies in American foreign policy was underscored once again during the final presidential debate—that dwelt on foreign policy—between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney: Pakistan was raised no less than 25 times.

The contenders’ keen interest on a country thousands of miles away was equally matched the day after in Pakistan’s newspaper headlines, some of which ran: ‘Romney soft, Obama tough on Pakistan’; ‘One thing Obama, Romney agree on—Pakistan’; and ‘Obama, Romney sing the same tune on drones’.

It was clear from the tough-talking debaters that the US policy on Pakistan is characterised by an attitude of wariness and deficit of trust, and that notwithstanding the final outcome of the presidential elections, there is unlikely to be any major change of stance towards Islamabad. Some Pakistanis blamed the way the country featured in the debate on diplomatic failure. But everyone agreed that relations between the two countries won’t be in a...

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