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US, Pakistan rebuild frayed ties

In what could mark a pivot in US-Pakistani relations, Pakistani forces have arrested a handful of al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA's request, and allowed the US access to the detainees, US and Pakistani officials said.

world Updated: Oct 09, 2011 02:43 IST

In what could mark a pivot in US-Pakistani relations, Pakistani forces have arrested a handful of al-Qaeda suspects at the CIA's request, and allowed the US access to the detainees, US and Pakistani officials said.


Pakistan has also stopped demanding the CIA suspend the covert drone strikes that have damaged al-Qaeda's militant ranks in Pakistan's tribal areas, officials on both sides say - though the Pakistanis say they have simply put this on the back burner for now.

US and Pakistani officials called the combined moves a trend in the right direction.

"They are doing things to cooperate and be helpful," director of National Intelligence James Clapper said on Friday.

He confirmed there has been some progress restoring the joint intelligence cooperation that used to be routine, prior to the covert US raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan in May.