WASHINGTON - The United States appears to have begun retaliatory steps in a bid to secure the release of a jailed American accused of murder when it postponed a scheduled high-level meeting among US, Afghan and Pakistani officials this month. The step is being viewed against the backdrop of the diplomatic rift over the case of Raymond Davis, a US consular employee who shot dead two Pakistanis last month in what he claimed was an attempted robbery. But the State Department spokesman PJ Crowley cited Pakistans cabinet reshuffle as one of the reasons for putting off the meeting. He said the decision to scrap the February 23-24 meeting had been taken in light of political changes in Pakistan and after discussions with Afghan and Pakistani officials in Washington. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday dropped Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cabinet shake-up. We remain committed to a robust engagement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States as we share many issues of mutual concern and benefit from being at the same table, Crowley said in a statement, adding the United States hoped to reschedule the meeting at the earliest opportunity. Maqbool Malik from Islamabad adds: Breaking its weeks-long silence over the Raymond Davis row, the Foreign Office Saturday made it clear that no US pressure would be accepted to release the American national held for killing two Pakistanis. The US efforts to pressurise Islamabad will be counterproductive, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir warned while talking to a group diplomatic correspondents. He said, Had I been in Davis situation, ethically I would not have sought immunity. Bashir had agreed to deliver a speech on revival of composite dialogue between Pakistan and India arranged by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Pakistan. He categorically rebuffed some media reports that the presidency and the foreign office were trying to verify diplomatic status of Raymond Davis from back to establish that he had criminal diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention. On the question of diplomatic immunity, there is history of diplomatic immunity spanning over centuries. When asked whether or not Raymond Davis had diplomatic immunity, Bashir declined to comment saying the matter was sub judice. In response to a question, he said trilateral meeting of the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan had been deferred. We are all set to attend the conference whenever it takes place , he said while referring to the US move to defer it because of the standoff over Raymond Davis between Pakistan and the US. He was of the view that the US and Pakistan had a long history and said it was unthinkable that one incident should strain the crucial bilateral ties. On Pak-India peace talks, he said that Pakistan has gained major progress by resuming talks with India after foreign secretary-level meeting at the sidelines of the 33rd Session of SAARC Council of Ministers meeting at Thimphu, Bhutan. He said in his meeting with Nirupama Rao at Thimphu was positive in which they chalked out agenda of foreign minister-level meeting between the two countries to hold dialogues on settlement of disputes. Pakistans foreign minister will visit India in July to hold talks with his counterpart to review progress on the dialogue process, he said. Asked what pushed Pakistan to agree to put the issue of terrorism on the proposed agenda list, he said it was in the interest of Pakistan, India and Afghanistan to evolve a coordinated counterterrorism strategy. On the core issue of Kashmir, he said it has to be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmiri brothers and sisters, he concluded. Our Monitoring Desk adds: Incidents like these cant dent relations build over decades, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir told a press conference here. Complaining that the media is blowing the issue out of proportion, the foreign secretary said there is no truth in reports like the US is threatening to snap bilateral ties or Islamabad is under pressure to devise a way to let Davis go scot-free. Asked about cancellation of trilateral talks and Presidents visit to the US, Salman said: Trilateral talks have not been cancelled, rather they have been rescheduled. And as far as Mr Zardaris visit is concerned, a date for his visit is yet to be finalised. Promising to play the role of a game changer, Salman described as a positive sign the decision to resume the dialogue process with India but advocated lots of patience in dealing with difficult and complex issues confronting the two countries. The decision to resume the Indo-Pak dialogue is a positive sign, he said, adding: We are dealing with difficult and complex issues... Lots of patience and determination is required, he said. We will play the role of a game-changer, Bashir said. Salman said Pakistan wants a thaw in deadlock between Pakistan and India and that it is the wish of both the nations to have peace and stability in the region. Pakistan and India will hold talks on all the outstanding issues, he said, adding that foreign secretaries of the two countries would meet after June to engage in dialogue while the foreign ministers will have a meeting in July.