If the US were to run its spy network in Pakistan in disregard of its sensitivities and violate its territorial sovereignty, not sparing even the lives of its innocent civilians, it should be shown neither favour nor cooperation in any field whatsoever. The Reuters report, confirming what some circles have been suspecting, that the Pak-US joint intelligence operation has been on hold since the Raymond Davis incident and the CIA-conducted drone attack cavalierly butchered more than 40 ordinary tribesmen, also puts across the resentment and anger of not only the senior Pakistani intelligence official, whom the news-agency had approached for comments, but also the man in the street. There can be no more convincing example of the US taking Pakistan for granted than the manner in which it has been operating in the context of the war on terror. Browbeating Islamabad into jumping on the anti-terrorism bandwagon soon after 9/11, it has progressively been exercising greater pressure on its leadership to cede ground on issues the decision over which are unquestionably the sole prerogative of an independent nation. If commando Musharraf did not have the guts to stand the threats emanating from Colin Powell and other top US officials, the later rulers did not lag behind and showed the worst form of obsequiousness in giving the Americans a free hand to do whatever they wanted to do to prosecute their ill thought-out military campaign. All this has been happening when Washington is conscious of the indispensable need of Islamabad's cooperation to fight terrorism and secure an honourable exit of its troops from Afghanistan, but, strangely, the leadership has failed to exploit this weakness of the US to Pakistans advantage. Time had long come for the powers that be to put their foot down and strive to reverse this trend. And both political analysts and the media have been urging the government to stand ground against the US ominous inroads. But, it seems, Pakistan needed a Raymond Davis to wake up out of the slumber. We should not be cowed down by the threats of cut in aid, as some US Congressmen are reportedly demanding of the administration to do. Our present posture spelled out in the intelligence officials observation, It is our land. We know how to tackle things. We will set the rules of the game. It is not Afghanistan, would carry weight with those who are keen to pull out their troops from Afghanistan and see its political situation stabilised enough to prevent the resurgence of militancy. To rid the country of foreign saboteurs we must ensure that any outside spy network is completely wound up. The US would realise, we need to work more transparently to successfully complete the mission; for the stakes are too high, as the Pakistani official maintained.