WASHINGTON - The United States is likely to replace the two recently destroyed P3C Orion maritime surveillance aircraft it supplied to Pakistan as the two countries work out a new framework of cooperation that would end Washingtons 'domineering role in their relationship, according to diplomatic sources and an American author. The two highly sophisticated aircraft were blown up in a terror attack on PNS Mehran on May 22 in which 10 military personnel were also killed during a 17-hour siege of the key naval air base. David Ignatius, who has extensive contacts and experience in analysing national and international security matters, wrote in an opinion piece in The Washington Post that going forward, the US will also keep supplying F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan as the two countries cooperate in the fight against al Qaeda in a new post-Osama bin Laden raid era. 'These two countries have been bitterly disappointed in their relationship with each seemingly incapable of understanding what upsets the other but they have overriding common interests, too, Ignatius observes. 'There are points of friction, but there is no breakdown, Hussain Haqqani, Pakistans Ambassador to the United States, was quoted as saying. Ignatius noted that Ambassador Haqqani has worked hard to avert a crackup in the ties and that most senior US policymakers would agree with his assessment. The author proposed a cooling-off period, and then the relationship between the two countries will be different-'with a greater show of respect for the Pakistani independence. 'Thats a good thing, even from the stand-point of US interests. The old embrace had become suffocating, he stated. In his balanced column, Ignatius notes that its not surprising that the Pakistanis arrested people suspected as CIA informants on the Osama bin Laden raid and other operations. Working with a foreign intelligence service (even a 'friendly one with good motives) is a no-no in any country, he said. In this respect, he cites the example of Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel and is still in a US prison more than two decades later. Going forward, the author says the recent idea of a 'joint counter-terrorism task force is intended to satisfy Pakistani demands that the United States curb its unilateral intelligence actions. The writer expects an end to the use of Shamsi airbase by the United States but not the drone attacks from Afghanistan. 'Meanwhile, the United States will keep supplying F-16s and may replace two P3C Orion surveillance planes destroyed in a terrorist attack in Karachi last month, he added. It is also expected the Pakistanis will take over a joint training mission for the Frontier Corps, he said. The United States will be expected to consult Pakistan as it seeks a political settlement in Afghanistan, he added. A team working for Marc Grossman, the US special representative overseeing those negotiations, recently visited Islamabad to brief officials there. 'These arrangements arent ideal from the US standpoint, but they should allow continued cooperation against a terrorist adversary that threatens both countries. And over the long run, this new framework is better than a domineering US approach that has the effect of blowing up Pakistan, Ignatius concludes. It may be pointed out that the P3C Orion aircraft, which is designed for surface and underwater reconnaissance and anti-submarine and anti-surface vessel operations, is rated as the fastest turbo-prop long-range maritime patrol (LRMP) platform used worldwide, and is also called the airborne destroyer. The distinguishing features of the aircraft, which is 116 feet long and has a maximum speed of 410 knots, are long endurance, multiple role capability, variety of integrated sensors, and above all, the capacity to carry a wide array of anti-surface and subsurface weapons.