Washington: Inspite of having pumped
billions of dollars into Pakistan as assistance, US officials
have said they see little change in Pakistani`s perception
The trust deficit remains despite several steps taken and
aid and assistance given through the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill
signed into law last year, US officials said in a testimony
before a Congressional committee.
"They (Pakistanis) feel it as a very self-interested
relationship," said Daniel Feldman, Deputy to the Special US
Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"The perception of Americans is not a positive one" the
official told the lawmakers and continued to attribute this to
what they called waxing and waning of American interest based
primarily on security and military interest".
"They don`t believe that we are interested in a
longer-term relationship and that`s why so much of our work
has been to emphasise that this is a long-term relationship,
that it is based on a civilian relationship as well as a
security one", the official said in his testimony.
Feldman told the Congress members that to bridge the
trust deficit had been the theme of the Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton`s trip last fall where she talked about
turning the page in building this relationship.