Time to move away from bilateralisation of US-Pak ties: Munter
Former US Envoy Cameron Munter has said that while he always disagreed with Former Pakistan envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani's remarks about a 'divorce' between US and Pakistan, he said there was a need to move away from the bilateralisation of US-Pak ties.
"We can have a relationship based on agreed principles, not as defined by labels," The Express Tribune quoted Munter, as saying.
He added that they should deal in areas which both countries had in common.
In response, Haqqani said that the US made an error by having solely military to military and intelligence-to-intelligence relationship with Pakistan. Those close links, Haqqani said, have led to skewed decision making in Pakistan.
"We need to continue military and intelligence relationship, but not make it the centrepiece of the relationship," he added.
Commenting on unilateral drone strikes, Haqqani said that drones as an element of policy was understandable, and they have been effective. However, if they are to be the only policy, then they would not be successful, he added.