ISLAMABAD - Pakistans military Thursday asked the Nato/Isaf forces in Afghanistan to act against the cross-border attacks on Pakistani soil from Afghan areas while it has refused launching North Waziristan offensive citing operational constraints. The same day Pakistan and the US agreed to continue their dialogue process in a systematic way to find more common ground between them and remove the irritants in their bilateral relationship through joint action. The arrival of General John Allen and Marc Grossman in Pakistan on the same day might appear as a coincidence but it comes more as a pre-emptive strategy that envisages building pressure on Pakistan for taking on alleged terrorist sanctuaries in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA) using military pressure and political manoeuvres simultaneously. During his separate meetings with the US Special Representative on Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander General John Allen, Pakistan Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is reported to have asked the Nato/Isaf command to play their role in stemming the recent spate of terrorist acts from Afghanistans borderlands into Pakistan. This development saw the tense Pak-US relationship back to normalcy after weeks of hostility following the Haqqani network row. Most part of General Kayanis meetings with the American dignitaries reportedly concerned the operational matters. Unlike the recent past, the Nato command seems to have softened its visibly tough stance on Pakistan for NWA operation. In a conversation with this newspaper from Kabul, ISAF military spokesperson Brigadier General Carsten Jacobson said that the meeting between General Kayani and General Allen was held in a cordial environment and a host of security issues concerning Pak-Afghan security came under discussion. He termed the meeting as a fruitful discussion for result oriented mutual objectives for future. Grossman, who had categorically asked Pakistan Army to act decisively against Haqqanis during his stay in Kabul, seemed to have deviated from this line while being in Pakistan. Reportedly, he did not put forth any direct or 'strong demand during meeting with General Kayani but discussed in detail the operational aspects of possible NWA operation. Just days back, Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen had asked Pakistan to take on terrorist outfits at his borderlands with Afghanistan. 'No comments, was Brigadier General Jacobsons response when asked by this scribe if General Allen conveyed the Nato chiefs message to Gen Kayani during Thursdays meeting. Lately, Pakistan Army has reasoned its intense occupation in Chitral and Upper Dir as a core factor to justify its refusal for launching NWA operation. Reportedly, more than a thousand military troops have been moved to Chitral and Upper Dir from the rest of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after Afghan militants repeatedly targeted Pakistani paramilitary forces and civilian population. On the other hand, the US and Pakistan Thursday agreed to continue talks process forward to resolve their differences and enhance the bilateral cooperation. This transpired from the meetings of US special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman with Pakistani political and military leadership during his daylong visit to Pakistan. The visiting dignitary separately met President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar. In a joint press conference after their meeting at the Foreign Office, Foreign Minister Hina Khar and Marc Grossman vowed to strengthen the troubled alliance of the two states a day after Hillary Clinton said US 'cant abandon Pakistan, urging the South Asian nation to assist clear up Afghanistans troubles. Hina said Pak-US relationship is important not only bilaterally but also for regional as well as world peace and security. She said Pakistan being the frontline state in the war against terrorism was an important stakeholder in the region and its cooperation was imperative for peace and security in the region. She said that these relations are important for both the countries and are in their interests. Describing her meeting with the US special envoy as constructive and a meeting of minds, Hina said the dialogue between the two countries will help us understand each others point of view and find common ground for cooperation. Our effort is to build US-Pakistan relations and move forward in a constructive manner. Marc Grossman said: We tried to think about the future and way to keep our strategic dialogue going. We also talked about how can we continue in a systematic way to identify the interests that we share with Pakistan, and there are many, and then find ways to act on them jointly, he added. He said technical working groups, formed by the two countries which had been meeting in the past, would also hold meetings in future to further enhance cooperation in these fields. He said efforts are being made to identify the interests of the two countries in the bilateral relations and expressed the hope that both the countries will work together and coordinate with each other through strategic dialogue process. Grossman said they had been preparing for conferences on the future of Afghanistan, in Istanbul next month and in the German city of Bonn in December. These conferences reflect our common goal of peace and stability in the region, adding that a stable and secure Afghanistan is in the interest of the whole region and the world. Hina said that Islamabad has assured of its full participation in the upcoming moots to make these successful. Grossman said he also visited Central Asian States, Kabul, China and India before coming to Pakistan and brought a message of hope and support from the regional countries for peace and security in the region. But as the diplomats resolved to continue the strategic dialogue process to sort out all the issues and better understand each others perspectives, US drone strikes killed 10 militants, reportedly including a commander of the Haqqani network that has proved to be the latest bone of contention between the two terror war allies. The US has alleged Pakistani intelligence of supporting Haqqanis, who have recently carried out some of the most daring attacks on the Nato and Isaf forces in Afghanistan. Islamabad has strongly rejected the claims, terming it part of a face-saving attempt by the US to hide its failures in Afghanistan. Marc Grossman who arrived here Thursday morning on a day-long visit, also held meetings with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. He said these meetings remained very useful and constructive to promote interaction with Pakistan to ensure peace and security in region. Grossman also led a US team to the Aiwan-e-Sadr to meet President Asif Ali Zardari. Briefing the media about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that matters relating to Pak-US bilateral relations, regional security situation, emerging situation in Afghanistan and the fight against militancy were discussed during the meeting. The president said that Pakistan supports all efforts for regional peace, prosperity and connectivity, based on existing realities of the region. He said that the relations between the two countries must not be transactional but based on long-term partnership and resting on the foundations of mutual respect and shared interests. In this context he said any public messaging that tended to undermine this bedrock of relationship shrank political space for the democratic government, and emphasised the need to develop a cooperative and a joint roadmap to overcome the trust deficit. He stressed on following the clearly defined, well-documented and mutually agreed terms of engagement between the two countries, which, the president said was necessary to avoid operational irritants that hamper the relationship. He no country has made greater contributions and sacrifices in fighting terrorism than Pakistan and added that the international community owed it to Pakistan and the region to acknowledge it and support Pakistan in its efforts. The president said that Pakistan was committed to pursue fight against militants till its logical conclusion. He also emphasised socio-economic development and imparting education to the youth of the militancy-hit areas to permanently change the militant mindset and sought international communitys support and cooperation in this regard. Grossman thanked the president for meeting and appreciated Pakistans struggle against militancy. He also assured US governments continued support for peace and stability in the region. The meeting was also attended by US Ambassador in Islamabad Cameron P Munter, Rear Admiral Philip Davidson, Senior military advisor to ambassador Grossman and other senior officials of the US embassy. The officials present from the Pakistani-side included Defence Minister Ch Ahmad Mukhtar, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Secretary General to the President Salman Farooqui and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir. Grossman also called on Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at General Headquarters on Thursday and remained with him for some time, and discussed measures for Pak-US cooperative framework for peace in the region, said the to ISPR. Prime Minister Gilani during his meeting with Grossman emphasised that the relationship between Pakistan and United States must go beyond coordination on counterterrorism. He expressed the resolve of the government and the people of Pakistan to fight out extremism and terrorism in their totality. Both the sides agreed to pursue bilateral cooperation in the field of trade, water and power and infrastructure. US officials openly acknowledge that the relationship with Pakistan is complicated, but say it is important to persevere no less because Pakistan is a key stakeholder in any eventual political settlement in Afghanistan. On Tuesday, acknowledging for the first time that the US is waging a war in Pakistan, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta described Washingtons relationship with Islamabad as 'complicated. And admittedly, there are a lot of reasons for that. We are fighting a war in their country, Panetta said. He said the two countries sharply disagreed over 'relations they maintain with some of the militant groups in that country, a reference to Washingtons demand that Islamabad crack down on the Haqqani network. A covert CIA drone campaign that the US government declines to discuss publicly has seen around 30 missile attacks in Pakistan since American troops killed Osama bin Laden near the capital Islamabad on May 2.