The US carried out one more drone attack in Kurram Agency resulting in the killing of two people. The attack suggests that the US is not going to change its hawkish policy towards Pakistan. The attack will deteriorate the already all-time low bilateral relations between the two countries. Pakistan has issued one more warning to the US government that the strikes can hamper the PAK-US partnership. While the foreign office is justified in reacting sharply to the attack and its possible negative consequences, however, it is also true that Islamabad has never been consistent against drone strikes.

Pakistan needs to be consistent with the message it has given to the US government. Despite the boastful claims of Air Chief, several drone attacks have been conducted on Pakistani soil or around Af-Pak border; no proper statement was issued by the foreign office let alone any appropriate action to the US aggression.

The lackluster protests of Islamabad in the past have never stopped the US from violating Pakistan’s sovereignty. If Pakistan wants to put a stop to unmanned strikes on its territories, it needs to remain consistent with its recent stance. However, just verbal condemnations will not force the US to change its policy of drone strikes.

Islamabad needs to come up with an elaborate plan that can convince the US to stop the practice of drone strikes. There is ample evidence that suggests that drone strikes are proving counterproductive in curbing terrorism. Instead, such attacks make recruitment process easy for terror outfits.

Pakistani officials need to make the issue of drone attacks the most important one on its priority list while engaging in any dialogue with the US officials. This way, America can be realized how unfavorable their attacks are and how these attacks are cracking the bilateral partnership between the two countries.

The latest drone strike is a negation of all post Trump tweet telephonic communications and US officials’ visits to Islamabad that suggested that Pakistan was a crucial partner in the war on terror. A parasitic relationship cannot sustain the partnership. Pakistan is suffering from the spillover effects of the American invasion of Afghanistan. The government is already the target of a considerable segment of the population who do not see US-Pak partnership of any benefit for Pakistan at all. Such strikes give credence to their line of argument. The sooner America realizes not to push Pakistan, through drone attacks, to a breaking point the better for taking the war on terror, at least in Afghanistan, to a logical conclusion.