ISLAMABAD     -  The relationship between Pakistan and the United States is on a positive track amid high-level visits from Pakistan and healthy r e - sponse from Washington. Meetings by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with the US leaders on the sidelines of the recent United Nations General Assembly session set the stage for revival of the mutual confidence. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s visit has further improved to partnership. The warmth in the Pak-US ties has come as millions of Pakistanis reel from the worst floods in living memory. The crisis seems to have provided the Joe Biden administration with the necessary justification for a diplomatic recommitment to the strategically situated, nuclear-armed country. This marks a departure from a year ago, following the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan. Pakistan’s leaders saw the US exit as poorly executed, and senior US officials voiced their frustration at Pakistan for not having brought more weight to bear on the Afghan Taliban to reach a negotiated peace settlement with the former Ashraf Ghani-led government. Subsequent suggestions by US officials that the relationship with Pakistan could be downgraded were viewed in Islamabad as petty punishment: partly for not having done more to help America in Afghanistan and partly for former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ill-timed visit to Russia on the eve of its invasion of Ukraine. But when Khan began to accuse the United States of trying to engineer regime change in Pakistan, prompting a fullblown political crisis in Islamabad, Washington’s decision to hold off on further engagement became diplomatically prudent rather than vengeful. Khan has not shied away from cleaving his country’s relationship with the United States and the West more generally. After a no-confidence vote by Pakistan’s opposition parties, the ousted prime minister started staging mega rallies across Pakistan’s cities. Despite the country’s worst monsoon in decades, he has continued to foment popular unrest, demonizing the new coalition government that replaced him. For Washington’s part, in addition to the resumption of the IMF program, there are other signs of a willingness to revive ties. Devastating floods have been accompanied by a flurry of high-profile official visits from Washington: first by State Department counselor Derek Chollet, who announced a 10-day humanitarian air bridge to Pakistan and a $30 million relief package, and then a strategically timed visit by US Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power, who took the time to field questions at a press conference in Islamabad to Pakistani journalists. Even though the pretext for the two visits was largely humanitarian in nature, both the officials spoke about the significance of 75 years of bilateral relations between the two countries as well as the importance of deepening ties. Almost simultaneously, the State Department announced the approval of the potential sale of F-16 aircraft sustainment and related equipment to Pakistan in a deal valued at up to $450 million, with the objective of servicing joint counterterrorism objectives. Yesterday, Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa called on US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin, National Security Adviser Jacob Sullivan, and Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman during his visit to the United States. “Matters of mutual interest, regional security situation, and bilateral cooperation in different fields were discussed during the meetings,” said a military statement