Washington: The United States needs
Pakistan more than the latter needs America, a former
Ambassador to India has said.
"We tend to need Pakistan more than Pakistan needs us.
That`s the current dilemma, because in many ways the United
States is utterly dependent on Pakistan for logistical access
to Afghanistan," former US Ambassador to India, Thomas
Pickering, told the National Bureau of Asian Research, a
Washington-based think tank in an interview.
"In some respects this situation is paradoxical,
because in my own view the United States is in Afghanistan
more to avoid destabilising Pakistan than for almost any other
"It is utterly strange that at the same time that we
are in Afghanistan trying to help Pakistan, the Pakistanis see
our struggle against the Afghan Taliban as a struggle against
erstwhile allies," Pickering said.
On the one hand, India is flattered, or was in the
past, by the notion that the United States sees it as the
largest and most significant power in South Asia, while
Pakistan finds that view utterly reprehensible, he said.
"Pakistanis would like American aspirations and
interests in the region to afford them a position of full
equality. To some extent, that went the way of the past with
"Now with Afghanistan, the trappings of the
US-Pakistan relationship are causing some degree of
heartburn in India," he said in response to a question.