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theenergynet on 2010-06-28"The United States should consider a criteria-based nuclear deal for Pakistan as part of a comprehensive strategy to secure the key South Asian country’s anti-militancy cooperation over the long-term, a new study by American scholars said Monday. In a critical appraisal of Islamabad’s fight against terrorist threat since 2001 in the context of US-Pakistan cooperation as well as Pakistani policies, the Rand Corporation study notes the vitality of “politically valuable initiatives” that Washington should take towards ensuring Pakistan’s sustained cooperation in the high-stakes struggle.
These initiatives should also include a free trade agreement between the two allies, the study entitled “Counterinsurgency in Pakistan” says.
The nuclear deal for Pakistan “could be based on an exclusive relationship with the United States, rather than seeking broad accommodation with the Nuclear Supplier’s group and other regimes thatlimit the proliferation of nuclear technology and access to materials for nuclear programs, “ authors Christine Fair of Georgetown University and Seth Jones of Rand Corporation suggest."