WASHINGTON: Populace at large is seized with highly unfavorable views about US government and policy.

This memo was sent by a high official of US embassy in Pakistan to Washington DC.

The sources in Washington said that in this memo the US official has focused on a range of issues including democracy in Pakistan, perception gap about US between general public and ruling elite, social divide among the elite class and common citizen, deep rooted hypocrisy, plight of common man in Pakistan.

The sources said that the US official said that both the lower and upper class are poles apart in their sentiments and views about US as populace at large is seized with highly unfavorable views about US government and policy.

Most of them are of the view that US influence in Pakistan far exceeds to our real capabilities. From the highest office down to mid-level functionaries, perception becomes reality, when it comes to viewing US as the kingmaker. The dilemma for our policy is incongruence between our objectives and the popular sentiment of the people in Pakistan.

On broadening social divide in Pakistan he said that in Pakistan however it takes unparalleled heights. His first private party at a key minister's residence, the opulent lifestyle was in full contrast to the plight of those serving us.

White gloved waiters were standing with ashtrays so that the corpulent minister and guests could smoke their Cuban cigars at will, and with utmost disdain flicker the ash at random intervals to be caught by the gloved waiter with unsurpassed skill.

Alcohol, which is, otherwise not in public display in this Islamic country was flowing from an open bar. Our hosts were shocked that most of the American guests did not drink. I was taken aback at the presence of so many blond Pakistani women, on inquiring was told by our bemused social secretary about the miracle of peroxide and modern hair coloring which seems to be the fashion statement of the day for well groomed (sic) modern Pakistani women.

Service is legitimate but this smacked of servitude, opprobrium reminiscent of attitudes of European aristocracy and our own experience with slavery.

Terming hypocrisy in a new dimension he said “I was stunned to hear from a very senior political functionary about US interference in the internal affairs of the country." When pointed out that this interference could be curtailed if the Government of Pakistan would refuse to take Billions of Dollars in US aid annually, his response was that monies were for services rendered in the fighting terrorism. Pilfering developmental funds to support the prodigious lifestyle of the ruling elite seems to be the normative. This can be only rationalized as a self-entitled narcissism of a collective of people with a rapacious appetite to loot the country.

About a common man plight he said that the common man was mired in abject poverty and in the maelstrom of illiteracy they display a dignity and authenticity that is in stark contrast to the capriciousness of the pseudo westernized elites. The common everyday people of Pakistan display great ingenuity to survive against formidable odds.

Regarding democracy in Pakistan he said the elected representatives come almost exclusively for the elite and privileged class. Rather than representing the populace they are more like local regional ‘viceroys’ representing the federal government and their own vested interests in the regions. Most are in politics not with a sense of public service but more to maximize the opportunity to make money, which they do with total disdain. The mainstream political parties are controlled by the founding patriarchs or their heirs.

He said the Military though a disciplined and well led, is a egalitarian body with much of its leadership and rank coming from middle, lower middle and poor classes. Their support of any move to perpetuate the rule of the elite will be at their own peril. The current military leadership is unlikely to prop the existing structure if such a conflict was to occur and possibly may even be catalytic toward such change. This is in stark departure from the past.

He held “We need to take a long view and it may be worthwhile to cut our losses, uncouple from the ruling elite and align our self with popular grassroots sentiment in the country. This would change our perception in the short term and when change does come we, for a change, will be on the right side."