FOREIGN Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshis statement that now it was Islamabads turn to ask the US to do more, has certainly raised the hope that the government is finally beginning to realise that it is time its relationship with the US was redefined. However, if the past is any guide, it is certain that our Foreign Minister would most probably not be able to muster up the courage to speak freely and directly to the Obama Administration. So it remains to be seen if his assertion that gone are the days when the US used to press Pakistan to do more will prove to be true. Secondly, a high level meeting in Aiwan-e-Sadr, where President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, Foreign Minister Qureshi and General Kayani discussed together the agenda for the upcoming strategic dialogue with the US on March 24 in Washington also shows their concern that something was going amiss in the relationship. It was decided that among other things, the energy issue, security situation, communications, and the development of the war-torn areas of FATA would be taken up with the US. However, it all boils down to the fact whether the US is willing to treat us with respect or not and whether the Pakistani camp has the spine to challenge its authority. Given the general behaviour of the Zardari set-up so far, the answer seems to be in the negative. Foreign Minister Qureshis assertion that Islamabad would no more toe the US line, therefore, appears to be nothing more than an attempt to get some applause in order to counter the bad press he had been getting for kowtowing to the Obama Administration. So, the do more mantra he is bragging about really sounds strange. The most important thing is whether the US is asked in no uncertain terms to respect our sovereignty and stop the drone attacks that have immensely harmed the countrys stability and security. Also, why cant Pakistan be given the technology so that the collateral damage caused by the US missile attacks is stopped. Besides, it also remains to be seen if Islamabad can tell Washington plainly that no more will it receive the dictation and orders to open up more and more fronts. One also wonders why the US is holding back the aid package? Without doubt, this sorry state of affairs owes itself to the dispensations servile attitude towards America. At present, while the US is leaving the region utterly humiliated and shocked by the resilience of the Afghan nation, it wants Pakistan to do its dirty work in the hope that it would get bogged down in the mess it is leaving behind. The US has always stabbed us in the back and this is what it is doing exactly at the moment: leaving us in the lurch while invariably strengthening our foes.