Pakistan got stuck with the sour end of the deal no matter what angle you look at the tale from. One year on, things don't look any better.
At the time, the world openly questioned many things.
Pakistani sovereignty (since apparently US SEALs can just stroll in and murder people), Pakistani integrity (after years of denial Osama found a few hours away from the Capital and a few minutes away from a massive military Academy) and Pakistani naivety that let it believe it was in an equal partnership with the Americans.
As an alliance both the US and Pakistan have had a rough year.
Like a lover who just discovered that her partner was cheating on her, Pakistan lashed out at the US for figuratively stabbing it in the back.
Pakistan was not informed about the raid, and did not know of it until it was over. Drone attacks killed hundreds of Pakistanis and several dozen Pakistani soldiers. Now that Osama was dead, US aid was beginning to contain more and more conditions. At home, opposition politicians like Imran Khan were gaining ground thanks to their anti-American stance. Pakistan's government found itself stuck between a populace that essentially hated the US alliance, a political situation that made leaving the alliance impractical and an on-the-ground situation that proved, repeatedly, that the US would continue to do whatever it wanted.
Although things have improved slightly for Pakistan, one year later they still find themselves mired in an increasingly complicated and costly game.
On the other hand, the Taliban in North finally seem to be under some semblance of control and the number of suicide bombings has come down.
Normalcy is returning. Very, very slowly.
Image: Pakistani students protest against the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden and US drone attacks, in Lahore on May 13, 2011.