A US Congressman has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives which, if passed into law, would remove Pakistan from the major Non-Nato ally status that was given to it by former President Bush in return for its active role in the war on terror. Ted Poe, the Congressman, contends that since “too many of our own men and women have died because of Islamabad’s treachery” it no longer remains entitled for that privilege. Hence, the advantages that accrue to Pakistan on account of that status should be withdrawn. His focus particularly is on putting an end to the supply of modern military equipment on a priority basis that its removal as Non-Nato ally would do. Ted Poe adds, “It’s time to break ties with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process.”At best, it is a strikingly poor understanding of the situation in Afghanistan and of the contribution Pakistan has made in removing the top leadership of Al-Qaeda from the scene for which the US takes pride today. The reality of Afghan resistance, one demonstration of which is the more than 50 deaths of US and Nato troops at the hands of Afghan security, has not, somehow, sunk in the Congressman. In the proverbial Afghan spirit of independence that cannot stand a foreign force occupying the country, Pakistan cannot be accused of an act of “treachery”.As for Pakistan, it has captured no less than 100 key figures in the outfit’s hierarchyand handed them over to the US in disregard of the backlash at home for surrendering the right to try them in the country. This is apart from those who have been killed in the operations Pakistan Army undertook to get rid of the plague of militancy. In the process, Islamabad lost well over 40,000 of its citizens, including more than 5,000 security personnel. There have been deaths of a significant number of senior army officers as well. As a result of participation in the war on terror our socio-economic fabric lies in tatters and; in certain sensitive areas, the law and order situation has so deteriorated that the writ of the state does not seem to exist. If the army has not gone into North Waziristan, it is because it is already too thinly spread. For Congressman Ted Poe to overlook these glaring facts and talk of “treachery” to justify his demand for delisting Pakistan from the status begs the question.