U.S. Embassy in Pakistan Attacked (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
"Pakistani Troops Took Five Hours to Aid Embattled Embassy"
By: Barry Shlachter
Date: November 22, 1979
Source: The Associated Press
About the Author: In November 1979, Barry Shlachter was a writer for the Associated Press. As of 2005, Shlachter is a columnist for the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth, Texas.
The United States and Pakistan first established official diplomatic relations in 1947. At that time, the United States agreed to provide the country with military and economic assistance. However, beginning in 1965, the United States removed military aid to Pakistan and neighboring India at the beginning of the Indo-Pakistan war.
The United States later resumed military aid but stopped economic programs (except for food aid) as a result of anxiety over Pakistan' growing nuclear arms program. Thus, over the years, relations between the governments of the United States and Pakistan have been tense and has including several violent incidents against U.S. officials and employees in Pakistan.
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