SECRETARY of State Clinton was less than candid when she said that the US policy towards Pakistan over the last 30 years has been "incoherent." To many Pakistanis it has been a well-thought out policy dictated by shortsighted self-interest. To defeat the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, the CIA worked hand in glove with Pakistani agencies to bring together militant extremists from all over the world to form an international brigade to operate from the tribal areas of Pakistan. No thought was given to the long-term implications of arming and training these elements that were to later turn their guns on their own creators. The fallout of the war unleashed by the US in Afghanistan turned out to be catastrophic for Pakistan. The country was flush with lethal weapons from Klashnikovs, rocket launchers and landmines to Ack-ack guns. The weapons were acquired by criminals and anti-state elements to the detriment of law and order in Pakistan. The US looked the other way as some militant groups resorted to producing heroin to raise funds. This caused tens of thousands of Pakistanis to turn into drug addicts. The international jihadi brigade trained thousands of others who are now challenging the writ of the state in Swat, Buner and Waziristan. The greatest crime the US committed was to turn its back on Pakistan once the Soviet army had withdrawn, leaving it to deal with thousands of local and foreign battle-hardened militants as it deemed fit. From 1977 onward, one US administration after another, both Democrat and Republican, blindly supported the military dictators in Pakistan who damaged political institutions to strengthen themselves. Despite lip service paid to human rights and democracy, the US continued to put up with violations of the Constitution, suppression of human rights and acts of political engineering by its military allies in Pakistan. Many would challenge the claim by Secretary Clinton that what President Obama is doing is qualitatively different from the past. Drone attacks continue to take toll of innocent lives, violating Pakistan's territorial sovereignty and weakening the elected government. The doubts being expressed about Pakistan's capacity to safeguard its nuclear assets and the unending propaganda against its nuclear programme are considered unfriendly gestures. To undo the negative after-effects of its selfish policies, the US needs to pay heed to Pakistan's genuine concerns. More help than a mere donation of $110 million is needed to help the IDPs. Unless the issue of Kashmir is resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiris, there is little hope of peace in South Asia. It is time the US uses its clout to get the core issue resolved.