ISLAMABAD - Pakistani security forces and intelligence agencies conducted a joint raid to hunt down three high valued Al-Qaeda militants from Quetta in what is seen as a 'fence mending exercise between the Pakistan and the US intelligence relationship. The joint operation that was reportedly conducted sometime during the late hours of Sunday and earlier hours of Monday, at the tribal belt of Quettas Zarghoon town, saw the arrests of senior Al-Qaeda terrorists, Younis Al Mauritani, Abdul Ghaffar Al Shami and Messara Al Shami. The Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) confirmed these arrests in a statement issued on Monday saying Younis Al Mauritani was mainly responsible for planning and conducting international operations. He was tasked personally by Osama Bin Laden to focus on hitting targets of economical importance in United States of America, Europe and Australia. He was planning to target United States economic interests including gas/oil pipelines, power generating dams and strike ships/oil tankers through explosive laden speedboats in international waters, says the ISPR. Talking to TheNation, Director General ISPR Major General Athar Abbas said, This is a deadly damage done to Al-Qaeda. The arrests of three Al-Qaeda leaders including a global terrorist would considerably reduce terrorist activities. According to military sources, Al Mauritani was Al-Qaeda chief in Quetta and head of Taliban Shura. He was directly funded by some foreign elements to carry out terrorist activities in Balochistan. Mauritani and his other two accomplices were reportedly detained without any resistance in a combined raid primarily led by the Pakistan Armys Frontier Corps and participated by the paramilitary forces including Frontier Constabulary and Levies force, assisted by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI), Pakistans two premier intelligence agencies. Reportedly, the security officials are investigating into Mauritanis possible connections with some Baloch nationalist groups, which are allegedly involved in creating unrest in Balochistan. The military sources say that the arrest of three Al-Qaeda operatives followed by ISPRs all-out praises for Pak-US intelligence cooperation is an expression of improved Pak-US intelligence ties that had hit rock-bottom earlier this year. This operation was planned and conducted with technical assistance of United State Intelligence Agencies with whom ISI has a strong, historic intelligence relationship. Both Pakistan and US intelligence agencies continue to work closely together to enhance security of their respective nations. The intimate cooperation between Pakistan and US intelligence agencies has resulted into prevention of number of high profile terrorist acts not only inside Pakistan/US but also elsewhere in the world, the ISPRs statement said. The arrest of CIA operative and double-murder accused Raymond Davis from Lahore on January 27 this year and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden in May 2 Abbottabad operation, which followed hostile statements coming from the US government and Congressmen had brought the Pakistans ISI and CIA at 'daggers drawn. Just four days after the OBL operation, the Pakistan Army had decided in the Corps Commanders conference held on May 6, to review the ISI-CIA intelligence relationship and to stop further cooperation after the US Defence Secretary and former CIA chief Leon Panetta had asked Pakistan to 'clarify its position on the OBL episode. On May 16, the US Senator John Kerry had 'threatened Pakistan of aid disruptions in the backdrop of OBL controversy. A day after, Pakistan had announced arresting Al-Qaedas Yemeni operative from Karachi identified as Muhammad Ali Qasim Yaqoob, alias Al Makki. Makkis arrest was seen as a pressure-defusing measure from Pakistans establishment. According to foreign media, Makki was not listed anywhere at the militants list of US Rewards for Justice programme. The international media reported last month that Al-Qaedas second-in-command, Atiyah Abdul Rahman, had been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to the terrorist Al-Qaeda. Since last year or so, the key terrorist leaders associated with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Al-Qaeda that have been either killed or arrested include the slain Molvi Faqir Muhammad, Qari Zafar, Maulana Fazlullahs nephew (name not known), Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Mullah Abdus Salam and the slain Muhammad Haqqani son of Jalal-ud-Din Haqqani from Haqqani Network.