ISLAMABAD-A marked shift in Pakistan's anti-militancy policy especially in Tribal Areas has raised many eyebrows in Washington and led to ever-increasing visits of US officials and lawmakers to Pakistan ostensibly to have a better understanding of the shift from 'battle field to the negotiation table'. Even on Sunday two US Senators, including Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Carl Levin and Senator Robert P. Casey, had meetings with the top government functionaries including President, Prime Minister, Chief of Army Staff and leadership of the main stream political parties with focus on the issue of the terrorism and the way Pakistani authorities were dealing with it. These US lawmakers wanted to know how this shift in policy toward the militants, out in the difficult terrain of Tribal Areas, would bear positive results and how the people engaged in fighting with Pakistan Army would sit down on negotiation table to settle their score. Right from President of Pakistan down to the political leadership of the mainstream political parties having main role in the coalition government apprised the US visitors about their plans wherein all options were kept open and assured them that those who would not lay down arms would be dealt with iron hand. It was further made crystal clear to the US visitors by the authorities that only those people would be pardoned and engaged in the negotiation process on assurance from their side that they would stop taking part in the disruptive activities and would also not extend any sort of support to the militants operating in these areas. In the backdrop of the uncertainty-marred coalition government in Pakistan facing host of problems including the judges issue, which had virtually brought the government functioning to a grinding halt, these visits from the top US officials and lawmakers were viewed with great suspicion by common citizens and the perception is growing that United States is trying to infringe upon the internal affairs of Pakistan. The point of disturbance for Americans was the shift of the present political dispensation from military solution to the negotiated settlement of the issue and these increased visits were part of their strategy to have better understanding about the way Pakistani authorities were going about to bring peace to the troubled areas. From the background interviews with the politicians including Asif Ali Zardari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Asfandyar Wali Khan, Maulana Fazlur Rehman and others with whom these visiting US lawmakers and officials were holding frequent meetings, it transpired that the main focus of the Americans was on the war on terror and they were not interested in the internal politics of the country and at the same time they have no favourites here. The US just wanted a political stability in Pakistan as any sort of disturbance in the country would benefit and support the militants operating in the areas bordering Afghanistan. According to the sources in the ruling coalition, the political leadership has assured the US visitors that the military option would not solve the problem and they could get far better results in the troubled areas by engaging them in dialogue and by bringing economic prosperity to their poverty riddled areas. It was due to the persuasion by the political leadership of the coalition government that Americans had agreed to provide more funds for the uplift of these areas, which were ravaged since the Soviet invasion to Afghanistan, which had forced millions of Afghans to cross over to Pakistani territory mostly the Tribal Areas.