WASHINGTON - After heavy criticism of Pakistans role in the war on terror coupled with demands for aid cut-off following the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, some voices of reason have begun to emerge in the media opposing the notion of sanctioning the country and emphasising that Washington very much needs Islamabads cooperation. While the US administration officials have been underscoring the importance of Pakistans strategic position and maintaining partnership with it, the Congressional leaders were vociferous in calling for withholding aid for what they call is the countrys duplicity in combating terrorism. On Saturday, the Los Angeles Times major asked the Congress to back off from moves like withholding 75 per cent of US security assistance for Pakistan as such threats jeopardize the strategically vital relationship, which is crucial to curbing militant threat in the region. In an editorial, the newspaper observed on Saturday that as the Obama administration tries to preserve a crucial relationship - in the wake of unilateral American raid on bin Ladens hideout in Abbottabad congressional interference is doing more harm than good. It turns out that killing bin Laden was the easy part. Dealing with the political fallout from the May 2 raid on the Al Qaeda leaders Pakistan compound is proving trickier. And Congress isnt helping. The newspaper refers to stance adopted by politicians from both parties, including Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Congressman Ron Paul (R-Texas) and Democratic Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) and Patrick Leahy (D-Va), who are questioning whether that assistance should be maintained. Talk turned into action Tuesday, when the House Appropriations Committee approved a defence spending bill that would authorise Congress to withhold 75 per cent of a $1.1 billion aid package for Pakistan. This provision richly deserves to be stripped from the final version. The editorial says President Obamas decision not to inform Pakistani leaders in advance of the Abbottabad raid, may look the right move from a military standpoint but was extraordinarily provocative diplomatically. With relations already seriously frayed because of civilian casualties from US drone strikes and the killing of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor in January, the raid was seen by the Pakistanis as a humiliating violation of national sovereignty. As a result, the countrys leaders are under crushing pressure to assert independence from an ally that the majority of the populace considers an enemy. In that context, the backlash from Islamabad isnt surprising. Pakistani officials have demanded a reduction in the US military presence and an end to drone attacks. In the American perspective, the newspaper refers to troubling questions about how al-Qaeda chief could have lived undetected in Abbottabad but also refers to Robert Gates declaration that theres no evidence the countrys top leaders were aware of that.