NEW YORK - The United States is now turning to the same Pakistani intelligence agency - ISI - it has been maligning for help in brokering a peace deal in Afghanistan with the Haqqani network whom Washington accuses of mounting attacks on Americans, The New York Times reported Monday. The Obama administrations virtual U-turn has been described by the newspaper as revamped approach. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called the approach Fight, Talk, Build during a high-level United States delegations visit to Kabul and Islamabad this month. It combines continued American air and ground strikes against the Haqqani network and the Taliban with an insistence that Pakistans ISI get them to the negotiating table. But, the Times, which identified no source, said some elements of the ISI see little advantage in forcing those negotiations, because they see the insurgents as perhaps their best bet for maintaining influence in Afghanistan as the United States reduces its presence there. The strategy is emerging amid an increase in the pace of attacks against Americans in Kabul, including a suicide attack on Saturday that killed as many as 10 Americans and in which the Haqqanis are suspected. It is the latest effort at brokering a deal with militants before the last of 33,000 American 'surge troops prepare to pull out of Afghanistan by September, and comes as early hopes in the White House about having the outlines of a deal in time for a multinational conference Dec 5 in Bonn, Germany, have been all but abandoned, the dispatch said. But even inside the Obama administration, the new initiative has been met with deep scepticism, in part because the Pakistani government has developed its own strategy, one at odds with Mrs Clintons on several key points, it said. One senior American official was cited as summarising the Pakistani position as Cease-fire, Talk, Wait for the Americans to Leave. In short, the Times said the United States is in the position of having to rely heavily on the ISI to help broker a deal with the same group of militants that leaders in Washington claim the spy agency is financing and supporting. The Pakistanis see the contradictions in the American approach, Shamila N Chaudhary, a former top Obama White House aide on Pakistan and Afghanistan, was quoted as saying. The big question for the administration is, what can the Pakistanis actually deliver? Pakistan is holding its cards very closely. On Sunday, the US intelligence officials deepened an investigation into what role, if any, the Haqqani network played in the bombing in Kabul on Saturday. Several current and former American officials say the United States has tried this bomb-them-to-the-bargaining-table approach before. In the 1990s, it helped drive Serbian leaders to peace talks in Dayton, Ohio, but it has resulted in little so far with the Afghan Taliban, the paper said. I dont think anyone expects Secretary Clintons visit to produce reconciliation, Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and the author of Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America, and the Future of the Global Jihad was quoted as saying. Riedel, who advocates a policy of containment in Pakistan, added, The deterioration of US-Pakistan relations is likely to continue. Senior Pakistani officials, according to the Times, say they are confused by a lack of clarity in the administrations long-term goals in Afghanistan, and are working with American officials to hammer out specific plans after Mrs Clintons visit. As an incentive, the US has offered Pakistan a prominent role in reconciliation talks. But American officials have warned that they will take unilateral action if negotiations fail. Several administration officials said they considered Mrs Clintons trip to Kabul and Islamabad, from Oct 19 to 21, a success largely because it had happened at all. In the months after the killing of Osama bin Laden on Pakistani soil, talks were frozen, American intelligence officers were denied visas, and the administration accused the ISI of turning a blind eye to attacks on Americans launched from the countrys tribal areas. When Admiral Mike Mullen, just days before his retirement last month as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that the Haqqani network was a veritable arm of the Pakistani spy service, President Barack Obama and his aides were outraged, administration officials said not because they thought Admiral Mullen was wrong, but because his remarks further inflamed the Pakistanis, according to the paper. Mrs Clintons trip was intended to both re-establish ties and reiterate a strong message. She warned Pakistan that the United States would act on its own if necessary to attack extremist groups that use the country as a haven while they kill Americans.