Perhaps, the single most important outcome of the talks held between Pakistan and the US military chief and intelligence agencies heads at Islamabad on Thursday and Friday was the Americans assurance that their forces would not cross the border into Pakistan. That has set to rest, for now, fears that NATO forces could attack North Waziristan if Pakistan did not take on Haqqani groups militants which, the US believed, were located there. When the American top military leadership, including Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and army chief Admiral Mike Mullen, lashed out at the ISI accusing it of joining hands with the Haqqani militant network to launch attacks on US and ISAF interests in Afghanistan, threatening Pakistan with invasion, Islamabad had strongly reacted that it would not tolerate the violation of its sovereignty. Since then acute tension has persisted between the two countries. Washington later distanced itself from the claims with the statement that it had no proof of the ISIs involvement. Strangely, while there was no-border-crossing assurance, Secretary Clinton warned Pakistan it had days and weeks to launch operation (against Haqqanis). She acknowledged, though, the truth of COAS General Kayanis riposte to her threat that Pakistan would have to pay a very big price if it did not send its troops into NWA. General Kayani had said that Pakistan was neither Iraq nor Afghanistan, and the US would have to think 10 times before attacking it. However, as both sides agreed on making surgical strikes at militant hideouts, they seemed to be closing the gap between their differences. The crackdown on militants in Khyber Agency by Pakistan, and across the border in Khost, Paktia, Kunar and Nuristan by the combined forces of the US, NATO and Afghanistan killing or arresting dozens of militants are also proof of a patch-up. A Pak-US agreement that would also alarm the entire nation was 'enhanced drone attacks on NWA through intelligence cooperation. Yet, the drone strikes, operation in Khyber and surgical strikes clearly defy the decision of the recent all parties conference of giving peace a chance. It is quite evident that our political and military leadership has not thought through the consequences of accepting US pressure and keeping the option of armed action alive. The government should take heed of the counsel of its allies who suggest that we should built relations with China and Russia in view of the US designs in the region and the changes that are occurring in the global power balance. As we claim to be a democratically governed country, we must listen to the peoples call unanimously and clearly voiced through the APC, which reflected the various political points of view prevailing in the country. Decisions should not be taken in compliance with the wishes of a foreign power whose motives towards us and the region as a whole are doubtful; they ought to be 'Made in Pakistan.