Hamid Alvi Pakistanis were astounded by the American statements to bomb Pakistan if there is a repeat of the Time Square episode, especially if it is successful and happens to be originating from Pakistan. The element of surprise is certainly aroused by the fact that how could a military overnight turn into a hostile force and cause the blood to flow in the streets of Islamabad, Lahore and other cities of Pakistan. But despite all that it could happen. Evidence to this is provided by the press reports appearing on May 30, 2010, which disclosed that the US was rehearsing strikes inside Pakistan and has already completed dry exercise for unilateral action. However, the reports added that the US administration cancelled the exercise after US Military Chief Admiral Mike Mullen spoke to General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and received an assurance that Pakistan would do its best to prevent extremists from using Pakistani territory. A detailed report on the US plan for unilateral action against Pakistan first appeared in the Washington Post on May 29. The report indicated that the US plan was provoked by three factors such as alleged support of Al-Qaeda by some elements of Pakistani establishment; to pressurise Pakistan to launch attack against Taliban in North Waziristan; and compel Pakistan to share more intelligence with the US. Thus, Pakistanis are generally annoyed with the US policy statement threatening to strike Pakistan. The Pakistani citizens feel that they have been let down by the US. They are at a loss to understand how an ally could attack its partner. Pakistan has sacrificed thousands of its citizens to fulfil the desire of the US; they, however, expected something better than blood bath at the end game. Moreover, the opponents of the war in FATA, and in other tribal areas, find their stand vindicated, which was not to trust the US recalling its conduct in the eighties following the Afghan war. Nevertheless, the threatening statements were followed by the visits of high-ranking US officials to Islamabad. The US high-ranking officials included Admiral Mullen, General James Jones, and CIA Chief Leon Panetta. In their talks with President Zardari, General Kayani and others they linked, according to press reports, the Shahzad affair with the militants and put maximum pressure on Pakistan to launch an operation in North Waziristan. FATA, according to them, was the fertile area to produce the likes of Shahzad and was therefore necessary to be eliminated. The key ally status which Mr Bush had bestowed on Pakistan, is in the process of degradation due to Americas hostile attitude towards Pakistan. Throughout the cold war years Pakistan was target of Indian nitpicking. It was more so when the Soviet Union was fighting the Afghan in the eighties. At one point, in 1984, the Indians almost went to war with Pakistan on the behest of Soviet Union. In short, Pakistan was being punished by the Indians and all because Pakistan was taking the side of the US. Regrettably for Pakistan, after the cold war the US has dumped an old friend and picked up India as its strategic partner. Over the years, the Indo-US partnership has grown from strength to strength. The fast moving ties were symbolised on June 4, 2010, when President Barack Obama putting aside all protocol, participated in a reception held by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the honour of the visiting Indian Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna. Speaking on the occasion, Oba-ma underlined the advancement of good relation between the two countries. He said: India is on the map, but because of what we share and where we can go together. India is indispensable to the future that we seek. He further declared: India is a leader in Asia and around the world. It is an irony that Pakistan, whose men are dying serving primarily the American cause, is threatened with unilateral military strike for no reason, while India is supported to acquire the leadership of Asia and a seat in the United Nations Security Council. The writer is a freelance columnist. Email: Hamidalvipk@yahoo.com