According to Loss Ageless Times report the undeclared halt in CIA attacks is aimed at reversing a sharp erosion of trust between the two countries.
The pause in the missile strikes comes amid an intensifying debate in the administration of President Barack Obama over the future of the CIA’s covert drone war in Pakistan, the paper said.
The CIA has killed dozens of Al-Qaida operatives and hundreds of low ranking fighters there since the first Predator strike in 2004, but the program has infuriated many Pakistanis, the report noted.
The paper said that some officials in the State Department and the National Security Council say many of the air strikes are counterproductive.
They argue that rank-and-file militants are easy to replace, and that Pakistani claims of civilian casualties, which the United States dispute, have destabilised the government of President Asif Ali Zardari.
Some US intelligence officials are urging the CIA to cut back the paramilitary role it has assumed since the September 11, 2001, attacks to refocus on espionage, the paper pointed out.
It is pertinent to mention here that US-Pakistani relations deteriorated last month after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistan soldiers near the border with Afghanistan.
A joint US-NATO investigation concluded that a disastrous spate of errors and botched communications led to the deaths but Pakistan has rejected the findings.