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Pakistan: Our Best Enemy

Officially, Pakistan is a major ally in the War on Terrorism and strategic partner of the West. But it’s been repeatedly accused of encouraging and providing a safe haven for terrorists. So what game is it really playing? Is there any coherency or strategy in its actions and who is pulling the strings? This film recounts how Pakistan has managed to become the West’s best friend and its worst enemy at the very same time. 

We tell the story of Pakistan through the prism of its relationship with Europe and America, showing how what happens in Pakistan has direct consequences in the West. Since 1947, Pakistan has mastered the art of playing a double game with its Western allies, using them for its own national interests while pulling the wool over their eyes with limited collaboration. This discrepancy has become even more obvious since 9/11. During the last 20 years, Pakistan has managed to build a nuclear arsenal despite all international treaties, to restore Taliban power in neighbouring Afghanistan, to create a myriad of terrorists groups whilst pretending to participate in the counter-terrorism effort and to pocket billions of dollars US and EU funding.

But have we ourselves been better allies? During this time, and particularly since the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the West has distanced itself from Pakistan and grown closer to their deadly enemy. India now tops the list of the French and US arms exports in South Asia. How is our own turnaround perceived on the Pakistani side? What could the consequences be if ‘The Land of the Pure’ becomes even more isolated from the West?

READY NOVEMBER 2022

PRODUCTION INFO

  • Year: 2022
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: SlugNews
  • Director: Jean-Pierre Canet & Jean-Baptiste Renaud
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA
  • Country of production: France