Notwithstanding the Americans keen desire for the Pakistan army to launch an immediate operation in North Waziristan on pain of a tough reaction from Washington, our decision makers must, under no circumstance, give in to these pressure tactics and stick to their policy of consolidating gains in the areas which have been cleared of militants before thinking of embarking upon any other venture. The country has to bear the backlash of its actions and it cannot afford to please an outside power, or even an ally, at the cost of its own peace. The press report that points to the revised US strategy of a greater stress on the need for military action in North Waziristan also contains reference to Washington adopting a carrot-and-stick policy for its treatment with Islamabad in the future to make sure that we comply with its wishes. But, this should hardly sound alarming to an America watcher; that has been its standard policy for dealing with such instances, and Pakistan is not new to it. The US felt the need to review its policy following a strong protest from Pakistan to its drone attacks at Datta Khel on March 17 that killed 42 peaceful tribesmen and demanded an apology for the ruthless action. Thus, Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman has come forward with a carrot: offered regrets at civilian deaths, adding: the purpose of the relationship is to make Pakistan more secure, Americans and Europeans more secure, and to make Pakistanis more prosperous, thats something we are after. Secretary Clinton has also chipped in with acknowledging Islamabads role in fighting militancy and cooperation in the release of Raymond Davis, though by terming the US-Pak relations challenging she was pointing to the strains that are not hidden even to a casual observer of the current international political scene. Basically, it is the US policy of having its way whatever the cost to an ally that provokes resentment and causes strains in ties. The endless flight of drones leaving thousands of deaths in its trail results in the tribesmen training their guns at Pakistanis and their security forces. This could not possibly elicit cheers from the public here Their feelings would ultimately get reflected in official attitude. And then the covert operations within the country, no longer in doubt since CIA-contractor Davis was caught red-handed, have converted even the diehard supporters of the US into its critics. For the US policymakers, meeting this challenge is simple: dont disregard Pakistans interests; rather actively help promote them. The drones, having proven to be counterproductive to Pakistans as well as their own interest of eliminating terrorism, must be grounded. The spy network within Pakistan should be wound up, and the foreign abetters of unrest in Balochistan restrained. The amateurish threats of blocking aid, while expecting Pakistan to help the US find an 'honourable exit from Afghanistan should be evaluated at the touchstone of realism. And last, not the least, the US must use its influence with India to bring it round to solving Kashmir and other contentious issues with Pakistan on the basis of justice and fair play. The US would need nothing more to do to get the fullest cooperation of Pakistan and see the cycle of universal hatred in the country reversed.