Ikram Ullah According to the New York Times, Pakistan's Army Chief is fighting to save his position in the face of 'seething anger in the army establishment over the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden. In another report published in The Telegraph, a senior American officer said: Pakistan is blocking food and water from reaching a remote base used by the US for its secret drones programmes, severely hampering the counterterrorism strategy. Thus, USA and Pakistan are now talking rather aggressively against each other, as disagreement between the two countries grows more severe. Reportedly, the US has acknowledged challenges in relations with Pakistan after its security agencies arrested CIA informants, who had helped the American spy agency to find bin Laden. However, an editorial published in a local English daily declared that such and action is absolutely justified and legitimate. Indeed, there is nothing new about USAs love-hate relationship with Pakistan, which has been repeated many times during the second half of the last century. At one moment, Pakistan is the most allied ally of the US, while at the other it is exactly the opposite. After 9/11, Washington assured Islamabad that the new relationship in which the Pakistani military played a key role in fighting the global war on terror, the relationship would last as a long-term strategic alliance. Therefore, lets have a closer look at the record to get an insight into the true position about how successive US administrations have viewed Pakistan. In December 2000, CIA released a report of global trends up to the year 2015, which stated: Pakistan will be more fractious, isolated and dependent on international financial assistance.Pakistan will not recover easily from decades of political and economic mismanagement, divisive politics, lawlessness, corruption and ethnic friction.In a climate of continuing domestic turmoil, the central governments control, probably, will be reduced to the Punjabi heartland and the economic hub of Karachi. In December 2007, Asia Times Online revealed the US plan to rid Pakistan of Musharraf, suggesting a new strategy aimed at toppling Pakistans military. As part of this, a media campaign was launched by the US aimed at demonising Pakistans military establishment. It also quoted: At this time, Benazir Bhutto was criticising the ISI, suggesting they needed a dramatic restructuring, and at the same time, reports were appearing in the US media blaming the ISI for funding and providing assistance to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban.Both Democratic and Republican politicians were making statements that Pakistan represented a greater threat than Iran, and then Senator Joseph Biden suggested that the US needed to put soldiers on the ground in Pakistan in cooperation with the international community. In January 2009, a Pentagon report analysing geopolitical trends of significance to the US military over the next 25 years, reported that Pakistan could face a rapid and sudden collapse. It stated: Some forms of collapse in Pakistan would carry with it the likelihood of a sustained violent and bloody civil and sectarian war, an even bigger haven for violent extremists, and the question of what would happen to its nuclear weapons.That 'perfect storm of uncertainty alone might require the engagement of US and coalition forces into a situation of immense complexity and danger. But the question is: Isnt all this documentation enough to suggest a turn-around against a long-time ally? Several Pakistani political and defence analysts are concerned about the present US/West outbursts against the nations military top brass. Perhaps, this is because the civil and military leadership has made an effort to clamp CIAs activities in the country after the Raymond Davis-bin Laden episodes. Besides this, they are committed to continue their efforts against terrorism; the nation stands firmly behind its armed forces to defend the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Pakistan. More so, it has been made clear that our nuclear assets are in safe hands and no foreign boots shall be allowed to set foot on its soil. n The writer is the President of the Pakistan National Forum.