ISLAMABAD - Public backlash fuelling the already aggrieved anti-American sentiments may get the drone hits see a pause during the Eid days, a strategy that makes part of an informal Pak-US agreement on military cooperation recently arrived at. The month of October saw nearly a dozen drone hits in North and South Waziristan that killed several militants (number unspecified). This latest spate of drones is largely assumed as being the product of the aforesaid unwritten agreement unearthed by this newspaper on October 22. The agreement came into being when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan with a brigade of top military and intelligence officials. In sequel to this agreement embeds a contextual understanding that envisages a halt in drone strikes, for the time being though, during Eid days. Surgical strikes and resultant causalities in Eid days would amount to strong public resentment against the US and embarrassment for Pakistan's establishment for its inability to get these attacks stopped, according to intelligence sources. This newspaper, from Monday to Saturday night, managed to contact three responsible Nato and Isaf officials in Kabul, including the Nato Air Operations Spokesperson Christopher DeWitt, the Deputy Spokesperson Christopher Chambers as well as Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Military Spokesperson Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson. All the three officials refused to comment on drone-hits in Waziristan saying it was outside the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) mandate to officially comment on drone-hits in Pakistan. The Nato Afghanistan asked The Nation to contact Nato headquarters in Brussels. The Chief Spokesperson at the headquarters Oana Lenguscue, when called, gave her version in a text message that read, "It has been clarified a number of times in the past that Nato does not comment on issues beyond its legal and official mandate in Afghanistan or elsewhere. We have nothing to do with drone attacks in Pakistan that does not, therefore, makes us at all liable to give a policy/official statement." On the other hand, Nato-based sources indicated at the possibility of a pause in Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)-sponsored drones campaign in Pakistan for the next few days. "Activity to this effect would be lean," they said. The Western military alliance-led operations in Afghanistan's Kunar, Nuristan, Paktia, Khost and Paktika provinces would continue in Eid days, the officials said. Secretary Law and Order in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Captain (Retd) Tariq Hayat Khan said, "Drone hits not only challenge the US credibility here but they also place us in embarrassing position because people of tribal areas want us to act against the breach of territorial sovereignty. If kept repeated during Eid, this practice would have disastrous and reactionary implications." He spoke with this scribe from Fata Secretariat Peshawar a couple of days. Meanwhile, Pakistani security and government officials said that military offensive in Khyber Agency's town of Bara as well as search and surveillance operations in certain areas would continue considering the expected militant attacks. Around 2000 displaced families from Bara to Jalozai Camp in Nowshera were to be repatriated but the decision was cancelled following the other day's militant attack in Mohmand Agency that resultantly killed several security officials. "The plan is cancelled," the sources commented, saying the repatriation would now be carried out after Eid. Captain (Retd) Tariq Hayat Khan said that security forces and paramilitary troops under the command of Pakistan Army were carrying search and surveillance operations in Upper and Lower Dir, Malakand Division, Dir, Chitral, Mohmand, Kurram, Khyber, and North and South Waziristan agencies to avert possible backlash of militants during Eid days. "Hopefully Eid would get past hopefully." Political Agent South Waziristan Javaid Khan Marwat said that volunteers of tribal militia (peace lashkar) were deployed alongside the regular military troops in SWA and Pak-Afghan border at NWA to check border movement. On drones he said, "I don't think they would launch drone-hits during Eid. They are seeking Pakistan's cooperation. Any insensitivity on their part could disrupt this cooperation." The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, the US spy agency (CIA) has quietly tightened its rules on drone strikes in Pakistan over concerns about their impact on tense relations with Islamabad.