The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington and the ensuing US-led war on terrorism have given Pakistan an opportunity to improve the relationship between Washington and Islamabad. That relationship had experienced a steep decline in the 1990s at the end of the Cold War when the common struggle against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan was over and so did the perception of shared strategic interests between the two countries. Rejecting cooperation with Washington would have provoked American wrath and placed at risk Pakistan's strategic and economic interests in South Asia but the consequences of joining the War on Terror were to prove even more costly as Pakistan itself became a victim of terrorism. The instable security condition in Pakistan has had the worst impact on its foreign policy. The innumerable drone attacks launched on our soil and the counter insurgency operations within the country have virtually sapped all strength out of the economy. In the last few years, the foreign direct investment has dwindled to a trickle as Pakistan became famous worldwide for human rights violations. In such critical conditions, Pakistan required support of the international community. Although the US did recently offer an aid package to Pakistan but the terms and conditions associated with the package (Kerry-Lugar Bill) were not acceptable to Pakistan as they indirectly impinged upon sovereignty of the state. Beside the international community, another option was going to the regional organizations (like SAARC) of which Pakistan has been contributing as a member state. These organizations should provide military, economic and moral support to Pakistan so that we could fight against these terrorists that are threatening our sovereignty. Pakistan should now enhance cooperation with them in the area of counter-terrorism. -ANEELA ZAFEER, Rawalpindi, December 7.