October 17, 2010

US-Pakistan Relations

Marcia Franklin talks with the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani. Haqqani will share his views on his country's stability and offer an update on flood relief. He will also provide insight into Pakistan's complex relationship with the United States.

Hardly a day goes by without dire news out of Pakistan, a critical U.S. ally which some worry is reaching the status of a failed state. Not only has it been struck by disastrous flooding, which has left millions homeless and has killed more than 1,600 people, but it also continues to battle militants, who train there and then commit acts of terrorism both in Pakistan and abroad. Experts have long thought that Osama Bin Laden is being harbored in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

Pakistan has quietly allowed unmanned American drones to attack suspected militants. But they have killed civilians as well, causing anti-American sentiment. In retaliation, gunmen have destroyed more than 100 NATO trucks trying to bring supplies into Afghanistan through Pakistan, and Pakistan has closed a critical border crossing for the vehicles. A recent US report strongly criticized Pakistan for not doing enough to neutralize the Taliban and other terrorists within its borders.

Franklin and Haqqani will talk about the tension between the two countries, which coincides with American aid for the flood victims. He will discuss where he sees the relationship with the two countries headed.

Husain Haqqani was a close adviser to former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before accepting his current position as ambassador from Pakistan. He also teaches at Johns Hopkins University and Boston University.

Haqqani's syndicated column runs in newspapers in southern Asia and the Middle East. He edits a journal, Current Trends in Islamist Thought, and in 2005 he authored Pakistan Between Mosque and Military. Haqqani holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of Karachi.