The United States first established diplomatic relations with Pakistan on October 20, 1947.
The relationship since then has been based primarily on US economic and military assistance to Pakistan, which Pakistan never seems to get enough of.
Pakistan is a major non-Nato ally of the United States, even though, for some odd reason, it keeps pretending that it is one of the biggest anti-US powers in the world.
In 1955 Pakistan became a member of the US-run Central Treaty Organisation (also known as Central Free Treats Organisation).
The promise of economic aid from the US was instrumental in creating the agreement.
Getting the secret Coca-Cola formula was also a motivation.
During the Indo-Pakistan War of 1965, the US did not provide Pakistan with military support as pledged. This generated a widespread feeling in Pakistan that the United States was no longer a reliable ally.
According to the US, it cut off weapons supplies because Pakistan military had started the war with India by using its soldiers disguised as Kashmiri mujahideen.
However, the Americans did consider nominating these Pakistani soldiers for the Oscars in the Best Character Actor category. They lost due to the obvious Judeo-Christian bias in Hollywood.
Just why Pakistanis kept testing their friendship with the US by starting hopeless wars with India is anybody’s guess, but some experts believe Pakistanis found bullets and bombs better tasting than the Betty Crocker chocolate-chip cookies the US sent for the Pakistani war effort.
The Pakistan government, then under the benevolent dictatorship of General Ziaul Ghaznavi, retaliated by banning the sale of Betty Crocker chocolate-chip cookies, and publically flogging over 200 young men just for the heck of it.
However, since God moves in mysterious ways and (according to the Pakistan Ideology) is more akin to listen to the prayers of pious military generals and fat pious men, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan forced the US to rethink its Pakistan policy.
The Russian invasion of Afghanistan (inspired more by smuggled John Wayne movies dubbed in Russian than Karl Marx), highlighted the common interests of Pakistan and the United States in opposing the evil Darth Soviet. In 1981, Pakistan and the United States agreed on a $3.2 billion military and economic assistance program aimed at helping Pakistan deal with the heightened threat to security in the region and its economic development needs. The deal was codenamed ‘LOL!’
Pakistan with US, Saudi and/or divine assistance armed and supplied anti-Soviet fighters in Afghanistan, eventually defeating the Soviets, who withdrew in 1988 but left behind a number of bored Arab, Afghan, Chechen, Uzbek, Pakistani, Klingon and Romulan fighters.
These fighters wanted to recreate Afghanistan not like what it was just before the Soviet invasion but what Afghanistan was like on the eve of the first Bronze Age.
Post- Cold War
Prior to the September 11 attacks in 2001, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia were key supporters of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
The Taliban were a large group of herdsmen who were convinced that goats were more valuable than women, and sheep had more feelings than human beings.
By 1996 they were ruling Afghanistan.
The Pakistan-Saudi support to these handsome herdsmen was an integral part of the Pakistan military’s “strategic depth” objective vis-a-vis India, Iran, Russia and the Vatican City.