The uproar created by USAs unilateral raid that killed Al-Qaeda Chief Osama bin Laden yet continues. The wave of anger against its closest ally - Pakistan - in the war on terror engulfed not only the Obama administration, but also the US media that launched a campaign against the government and people of Pakistan. For the first time in the 16-year relationship between the GHQ and Pentagon, Pakistans military, especially the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), were accused of playing a double game. The White House, State Department and CIA Chief, who has now assumed the high office of Secretary Defence, too, made no secret of the trust deficit in their relationship with Pakistan, which is passing through a difficult stage. While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton cancelled her visit to Islamabad in view of the strained relationship. Earlier, despite the track record of the Pak-US relations, Islamabad embarked on a new strategic relationship with Washington after 9/11. Since 2001, Pakistan has done more and suffered more than all other allies in the Afghan war. Its military has captured and killed more Al-Qaeda leaders than anyone else, and thus broken the back of the network. But what is the reward? Pakistan is asked to do more. Simultaneously, spies like Raymond Davis roam around freely without clearance from its Foreign Office or the ISI. Would Washington indulge in such practices in any other country? It seems that Washingtons strategy did not work. Pakistans civil and military leadership were on the same page, even when they were told that America had worked out alternative supply routes to the war zone in Afghanistan and could successfully manage the already announced withdrawal strategy. To this, COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayanis response was that Pakistan had resolved to fight the war with its own resources. Yet, both sides realise that they have a common goal, which neither can achieve alone without the support of the other. As time passes and the new bosses in Pentagon and CIA settle down, better sense may prevail. The change of environment at the CIA headquarters during DG ISI General Shuja Pashas visit is a case in point. The credit goes to both sides for showing the courage to rise to the occasion in the interest of South Asia. The meeting between the CIA and ISI Chiefs at Washington helped to clear some mistrust and misunderstandings. Also, the US after the Abbottabad incident has shown its willingness to share more information about its future operations with Pakistan. According to reliable sources, an understanding has been reached between the Chiefs that a repeat of a bin Laden type operation would be avoided by Washington if Islamabad shared intelligence about the militants. Reciprocating it, the ISI has agreed to grant 87 visas for CIA operatives to resume their normal operations under the Pakistani intelligence agencies. Both sides agreed to work on a code of conduct and honour it in letter and in spirit. Credit must be given to the leadership of both countries for making a forward movement in the difficult task of damage repairing under the present tense situation. Undoubtedly, the leadership of both countries will have to face a lot of internal pressures, besides external pressures from friendly countries. Perhaps, Secretary Clintons statement in New Delhi talking of Indias leadership of South Asia may be quoted as an example. Anyway, despite Clintons statement, a top US Congress panel, on Thursday, rejected the proposal to cut-off aid to Pakistan due to alleged concerns over ISIs relationship with the militants. The rejection of the proposal by Congressmen represents the true feelings of the Americans towards the people of Pakistan. Indeed, the Congress represents the sentiments of the American people towards Pakistan that, in all fairness, must be appreciated. The writer is President of the Pakistan National Forum.