A few days back President Asif Zardari awarded US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher with the Hilal-i-Quaid-e-Azam for the services he rendered towards strengthening Pak-US relations. That this is the highest award in the country and has been conferred on someone whose role at best remains to be questioned, raises many an eyebrow. One wonders what Mr Boucher had done that entitled him to the award? During the last six months, drone attacks have more than quadrupled. The number of non-combatants killed in the name of collateral damage now ranges in the hundreds, threatening a violent backlash that could seriously destabilize the country. The people therefore have a right to question why he was shown so much reverence. Besides, egged on by the US, Kabul and New Delhi would rarely miss an opportunity in holding Pakistan accountable for sponsoring terror. What is more. US Vice-President-elect Joe Biden, who arrived in the country on Friday, was also conferred the prestigious award of Hilal-i-Pakistan for his support for democracy in Pakistan. In his case also, the question remains to be answered. The government must understand that US administrations make their decisions in accordance with their interests. It should be clear that their policymaking is not affected by acts of the sort. Therefore if it is hoped that by awarding US leaders the government would succeed in influencing US foreign policy, it is living in fool's paradise.