Through decades US-PAK relationships grew and resulted in to strong alliance and partnership for bringing peace and prosperity. Pakistan always supported US for its military and peace building operations. US always supported Pakistan in financial crisis, education standards improvement, health, security and better stability.
Islamic Republic of Pakistan and United State of America have old historical, cultural and international relationships. The first step was taken back in 1947 on October 20th by America through establishing relationships with newly born Pakistan. Since then USA has provided extensive economic, scientific military support to Pakistan. Pakistan had been the strongest ally of US through every thick and thin. The relationships deepened over the decades and currently Pakistan is knows as Major non-NATO ally of United Sates of America.
On other hand America is second largest supplier of military equipment and biggest aid contributor to Pakistan. Numerous projects in past and currently are working in Pakistan to bring better quality of education, health, relief, good governance, gender free ideology and peace building activities.
US also helped Pakistan in space technology for peaceful purposes in 1960. Sonmiani terminal was constructed in 1961 along with an air field and launch pad. In 1962 first solid fuel rocket called Rehbar-I was built by the Space Research Commission with close interaction with NASA. This Launching made Pakistan first South Asian country and 10th country in world for setting rocket in space. For the next ten years from 1962 to 1972 around 200 rockets were fired from Sonmiani terminal. This was the great contribution in prosperity of Pakistan.
Pakistan played vital role in building relationships between US and China in July 1971. Pakistan arranged the visit of President of United States of America Mr. Richard Nixon to Peoples Republic of China. This opened a new horizon of country to country mutual trust and bridged long term relationship.
In 1981, US and Pakistan signed a deal of US $3.2 billion for economic assistance in the region to meet the development needs. During the tenure of US President Mr. Reagan, American and Pakistani officials visited each other regularly and built stronger and deeper relationships.
In the new millennium, Pakistan became key ally with United States. George W. Bush, the president of US admired role of Pakistan against terrorism. In 2003, US officially decreased $ 1 billion debt for Pakistan as reward for joining war on terror. US Ambassador Nancy Powell said, “Today’s signing represents a promise kept and another milestone in our expanding partnership, the forgiveness of $1 billion in bilateral debt is just one piece of a multifaceted, multibillion dollar assistance package. The new relationship between the United States and Pakistan is not just about September 11, it is about the rebirth of a long-term partnership between our two countries.”
Pakistan has lost more than 40,000 lives since its alliance with US on war against terror. Though Pakistan cannot support US financially or technically as US is already most advanced country in the world, but Pakistan has given its citizens, soldiers, lands and full dedicated support to US to bring peace in region. Pakistan has most important geopolitical significance in region for India, China, Iran and Afghanistan. Three out of four are nuclear powers and Pakistan is key player in American efforts for improving situation in Afghanistan.
US congress passed a bill called Kerry-Lugar Bill to provide $7.5 billion to Pakistan for social causes. In February 2010, US President Barack Obama helped Pakistan to promote economic and political stability in strategically important regions where US has special security interests and provided US $ 3.1 billion.
US President Mr. Obama said encouraging words for Pakistan, “In the past, we too often defined our relationship with Pakistan narrowly. Those days are over…. The Pakistani people must know America will remain a strong supporter of Pakistan’s security and prosperity long after the guns have fallen silent, so that the great potential of its people can be unleashed. We are committed to a partnership with Pakistan that is built on a foundation of mutual interests, mutual respect and mutual trust”
US-Pak relations have seen significant improvement under Obama. No Government on earth has received more high-level attention. Mr Obama focused on “greater Pak-U.S. cooperation”
American culture has penetrated heavily in Pakistan. We are watching US style pizzas, drive-thru, motorways, fast food chains, home deliveries, social rescue services, clothes and movies.
Pakistani representation in America also played important role in every field of life. Our brilliant brains are serving America for decades. We will keep on building such long lasting relationships and promise to stand by each other in any case. The peace in region and prosperity of both countries is absolute on bridge of mutual trust.
Other world calls US-Pak relationships as ‘strategic relations’, we believe, relations purely based on trust and faith.