ISLAMABAD - US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke ran out of patience on Friday when he flew into a rage over the 'attitude of Pakistani politicians who, he thought, always disliked American politicians. Breaking all diplomatic norms, the American envoy, during a breakfast meeting with some top Pakistani politicians in Islamabad, got infuriated over the continued criticism of the US for a number of reasons. The Pakistan politicians who broke bread with Holbrooke were Asfandyar Wali, Ishaq Dar, Salim Saifullah, Jahangir Tareen, Aftab Sherpao, Faisal Karim Kundi, Tehmina Daultana, Fauzia Wahab, Khurram Dastagir, Dr Farooq Sattar and Haji Adeel. Maulana Fazlur Rehman despite a formal invitation did not attend the meeting. According to a private TV channel, Fauzia Wahab later confirmed that Holbrooke had shown his annoyance over the attitude of the Pakistani politicians. Holbrooke was of the view that Pakistani circles hardly mention the positive steps taken by the US for the development of this country. Tahmina Daultana said Holbrooke became angry when politicians started criticising America during the meeting. Fauzia Wahab said Holbrooke was upset for lack of appreciation of positive measures taken by the US. Talking to The Nation, MNA Khurram Dastagir said that Holbrooke had also told them that Obama administration was seriously thinking to reduce drone strikes in Pakistan. The issue of drone attacks is serious and sensitive matter but the government of Pakistan reacts over it on special occasions, the US envoy added. Khurram divulged that when Holbrooke was asked that the US must have free trade agreement with Pakistan, the US envoy replied that his country wanted long-term relations with Islamabad, however the US Congress did not agree on free trade pact. Even Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina who is considered a staunch supporter of Pakistan on various issues but he did not favour free trade with Islamabad, Holbrooke said. He said the US faced a number of difficulties for having trade relations with Pakistan. Holbrooke told the MPs that the US had offered bilateral trade to Pakistan but the latter had not replied. However, he showed optimism that if bilateral trade agreement between the two countries was signed in 2010, it would open ways for free trade agreement. According to Holbrooke, the US had signed such agreement with Mexico and Canada in 1990. When asked about Dr Aafia, Holbrooke said that her matter was in court. Online adds: One of the members of the Parliament who was present in the meeting told Online that Holbrooke had expressed his concerns over anti-US sentiments of Pakistanis despite millions-of-dollars aid to Pakistan. The parliamentarians urged the US to immediately halt drone attacks as these were creating a bad image on the people of Pakistan. They also urged Holbrooke to amend new law of screening. They told him that the US must release Dr Aafia who was not guilty at all. Holbrooke told the parliamentarians that US always respected the sentiments of the people of Pakistan. We will not leave Pakistan in the lurch, he pointed out. Pakistan is our ally in the war against terror and we want to strengthen our relations with it, he stressed. He further added that democratic government could play a gigantic role to solve the lingering problems of the masses. He said Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was present in Pak-Afghan border areas. Pakistans armed forces have conducted successful military operations against the terrorists, arresting and killing several of them, he added. The reconstruction work in the terror-affected areas is a huge challenge and all efforts would be made to meet that challenge successfully, he maintained.