Islamabad has been reactionary, rather than anticipatory, and the last-minute backing out from the ongoing Kuala Lumpur summit could further isolate the country when it needs committed friends the most.
The decision to resume Islamabad's participation in the International Military Education and Training Program underscores warming relations that have followed meetings this year between US President Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Khan.
The exchange for one American and one Australian imprisoned by the militant group was announced by the Afghan government on November 12 but was delayed when the commanders did not land in Qatar earlier.
Asked whether Pakistan would release a jailed doctor whose fake immunisation drive helped the US track and kill bin Laden, Prime Minister Imran Khan says, "this is a very emotive issue, because Shakeel Afridi in Pakistan is considered a spy."
Former Pakistan intelligence head General Ehsanul Haq and former deputy chief of Indian Air Force Kapil Kak say US defence missiles are no match to tested Russian defence system. Washington has warned Turkey and India against buying S-400s.
The Pakistan Army is making a concerted effort to relieve itself of its dependency on the US, and it might be working.
No sooner were officers spared the agony of having to defuse the mines of the 1980s US-Soviet war than they found themselves in the eye of a bitter, bomb-infested storm between the Taliban, the US and their country.
The International Court of Justice has started proceedings on the case of a former Indian navy commander sentenced to death in Pakistan over charges of being a spy.
Some argue that Afghanistan isn't ready for a US withdrawal but the move allows the country greater independence to forge its own path forward - something it desperately needs.
If the US genuinely wants to 'reset' relations with Pakistan, it would actively engage with Pakistan's civilian leaders, which is not happening.
Pakistan's prime minister has said his country is not someone's 'hired gun', following US demands for Islamabad to do more in the battle against militancy.
The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani is not operationally significant, but the man's life contains within it the story of the last three decades of war in Afghanistan.
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