ISLAMABAD - Top US officials held talks with Pakistani leaders in a push to repair ties further strained by the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
The US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman discussed US-Pakistan relations with President Asif Ali Zardari, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI Chief General Ahmed Shuja Pasha in Islamabad on Thursday.
US Ambassador in Islamabad Cameron P Munter was also present during the meeting besides Minister for Finance Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Hina Rabbani Khar and Hussain Haqqani.
The meeting between Zardari and Grossman was a follow-up of US Senator John Kerrys meeting with the president on May 16, presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said.
At that meeting, the two sides had agreed to put relations back on track.
They also decided that the relations should go forward on the basis of mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual interest.
In a brief statement, the military said Grossman and Kayani discussed the future of Pakistan-US engagement concerning the reconciliation process in Afghanistan.
It did not give details.
However, sources said military leadership had a clear-cut stance that Abbottabad operation was the bone of contention between strained Pak-US relations.
They said that US had to take gigantic steps to revive the relations following OBL killing.
They opined that it was the need of the hour that both Pakistan and the Unites States must make concerted efforts to improve defence and military relations between the two countries.
Sources said US envoy made no apology with the Pakistani military leadership regarding the Abbottabad operation.
In an interview with a private TV channel, Grossman refused to assure that it would not repeat Abbottabad-like unilateral operation in Pakistan.
He said no Pakistan authority had ever demanded to ink a formal agreement with the US on war on terror.
Refusing to give any solid assurance on not repeating Abbottabad-style unilateral raid in Pakistan, Grossman said the US was broadening the network of cooperation with Pakistan so that there is minimum possibility of a unilateral action in future.
He said it would not be possible to make a joint decision on the transfer of drone technology or raids.
Grossman said not all insurgent factions in Afghanistan will agree to enter the peace process, meaning that force will be necessary to subdue the holdouts.
Will everybody be reconciled? No, Im afraid not, Grossman said.
There are going to be people who will never be reconciled, and unfortunately, they will have to be defeated militarily, and defeated by the police and defeated by anti-terror forces.
Still, he said, There are going to be, I hope, many thousands of people who are prepared to reconcile.
Grossman said the US recognized the sacrifices made by the military and people of Pakistan in the war on terror added that the Obama administration is taking a step-by-step approach with Pakistan over issues.
He said the war on terror will go on till Al-Qaeda no longer has the capacity to target people worldwide.
Meanwhile, CIAs Deputy Director Michael Morell also met ISI chief.
The officials said while they considered it a positive sign that a high-ranking US intelligence official was making the trip, they expected little concrete to come out of the meeting.
CIA would not comment on the reported trip.
However, the US officials said the talks are meant to ease tensions and lay the groundwork for an upcoming visit to Pakistan by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 20-May-2011 here.