With the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden it appears that the rift between Pakistan and the US is growing wider. In this context it is important that US senator John Kerry tries to lower the temperature in the ongoing talks between his Pakistani counterparts ahead of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to Pakistan. First and foremost it is imperative that the US treat Pakistan as an equal partner in the war against terror if significant progress is to be achieved on multiple fronts. Pakistan has paid its dues in the ongoing offensive - billions have been lost to a faltering economy and over 35,000 citizens have died at the hands of terrorist forces as well as US-led drone attacks. If this is not appropriate collateral then what is? Recognising Pakistan's sovereignty is important for the US before it begins to eliminate targets by land, or by air, with impunity. The sharing of intelligence is also vital in order to forge a beneficial alliance. Trust must be the cornerstone of any friendship and while Washington has extracted every ounce of vital information from its counterparts, it chooses to renege on the deal to suit its convenience. Both countries have to respect each other's needs. A strategic partnership to overcome a common enemy has ensured that both partners have sacrificed a lot. In this context it would make no sense to see this relationship being fractured at this moment. Expectations must, however, be realistic. The US provides Pakistan with aid, in turn it gets vital logistical and military support to fight the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Therefore, this association should not be judged by the intelligence failure in the Bin Laden incident alone. That would be a myopic view to take at this crucial juncture. Pakistan, in turn, must comprehend that actions speak louder than words. Gulf News