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Mr. Nawaz said the U.S. and Pakistan appear to have different objectives while speaking about similar goals.

“While both are fighting terrorism and militancy, the U.S. is looking for a safe military exit out of a stabilized Afghanistan while ensuring that al Qaeda does not re-emerge,” he said. “Pakistan seeks to secure its own territory against an active homegrown insurgency while keeping a wary eye on India to its east.”

A U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity so as to freely discuss intelligence matters, described cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan as strong.

“The partnership is guided in many ways by shared interests, especially when it comes to the problem of terrorism,” the official said. “Both our countries are major targets.”

Mr. Nawaz noted that domestic politics in Pakistan, which has swung between military dictatorships and fragile civilian governments since achieving independence in 1947, remain in flux. Political brinkmanship, cronyism and corruption are still endemic in Pakistan, he said.