This refers to a news item that says the French government has vowed to develop strategic partnership with Pakistan. One might as well say God forbid to that. I say God forbid because we are already the victim of a so-called 'strategic partnership with the US which has given nothing but misery to us in the last 31 years. During the heydays of this strategic partnership, the US put in the leeches in our land that are braying for our blood today; Heroin, Klashnikov, Al-Qaeda and Taliban. During this strategic partnership, the US government has attacked our land and air space with marines, drone predators, missiles and rockets. No wonder the Pakistani nation does not want to have another 'strategic partner. French government is one of our best friends in Europe. France has helped us in building the capacity of our Navy in the past. France has also helped us in the fields of health, education, culture and civil nuclear capability. We dont want a 'strategic partnership with France because we have a bitter experience of it in Pak US relations. -BASHIR HUSSAIN AZAD, Chitral, via e-mail, May 23.