WASHINGTON  - Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman has said Pakistan-US relationship is back to a new sober but stable level while upward trajectory and the level of confidence is also returning. Speaking at the Harvard University on “Pakistan and the United States: The Road to 2014 and Beyond”, Sherry Rehman said Pakistan hoped to be a valuable friend and partner of the United States even after the drawdown of forces in 2014. “A level of confidence is returning as we, the GLOCS and AIRLOCS, become the main artery for the Nato supplies and drawdown,” the ambassador observed. She said Pakistan wanted to help the US manage a smooth and responsible transition in Afghanistan and would like the US to lay the foundations for Afghanistan’s future political and economic stability. “This is in Pakistan’s self-interest because peace in Pakistan is difficult without peace in Afghanistan,” he held.She said Pakistan today was at a crossroads of history, struggling each day to move from a challenging past into a future at peace within itself and at peace with the world.“If Pakistan and the US are to move forward in lockstep to stabilise the region, they will have to understand each other better," the ambassador opined. Sherry Rehman said the present generation of Pakistanis had a quite different perception of the United States. “They see Muslim discontent in the Middle East, drone attacks on 40 television channels, every time there is such an attack, and this is how they see America projecting power abroad. They also hate the terrorists that rip through our schools and hospitals and ask our government and parliament why Pakistan is often asked to ‘do more’, why there is every time an IED attack in Afghanistan or why 46,000 of our citizens and soldiers who have been killed don’t count enough?,” she said. She said contrary to the headlines in US newspapers, most Pakistanis are not extremists. She said if the US played its part and worked through the endgame of a long war, it would only bring stability and prosperity to the region.“Pakistan and the US should have learnt two important lessons from the first war in Afghanistan: Terrorism must be unambiguously defeated everywhere and the application of military force is never enough in a theatre such as Afghanistan,” she remarked. She said Pakistan had certainly learnt one lesson that no one could broker a sustainable peace in Afghanistan except the Afghans themselves, so Pakistan fully supported an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation and peace. “Today it is our considered, coordinated inter-agency policy that Afghans have to lead the process for peace in their country,” she held. “Pakistan will support all roadmaps for a negotiated settlement of the Afghan war. It will not support any groups or play any favourites. The government and state of Pakistan do not see Afghanistan as our strategic backyard. We hope that the important gains made by US Nato forces can be protected, especially in terms of fundamental freedoms for women and access to social services,” she said.“The US decision to conclude the war in Afghanistan, the longest in its history, in 2014 looms large over policy and public debates today. There is deep concern over whether the US will be able to leave a reasonably stable Afghanistan behind or if the blood and treasure invested over the course of a decade will have yielded no tangible results,” she said.“Pakistan cannot afford a repeat of the 1990s when the Soviet withdrawal led to the same by the US and Afghanistan sank into a devastating internecine conflict,” Sherry Rehman said. She said to prevent a repeat of history after 2014, the US and Pakistan must trust each other, understand each other’s challenges, recognise that the problems in Afghanistan were multi dimensional and required the same complex solutions. The US should not expect from Pakistan to deliver stability in Afghanistan where 40 countries and billions of dollars could not do so, she concluded.