ISLAMABAD - Islamabad again failed in normalising the countrys strained relations with the United States and in evolving a well-considered policy vis--vis Washington, which, according to reports, has secured a strategic deal with Kabul to retain some bases and troops in Afghanistan till 2024. This is largely because of the inept policies of the ruling PPP which accepted the US-led war against terrorism shortly after coming in power without redefining rules of engagement with Washington that led to major incidents including arrest of Raymond Davis and US raid at OBL compound on May 2 bringing the US-Pakistan relations to present impasse. Background discussions and interviews with diplomats as well as senior security officials of Pakistan reveals that Pakistan lost important opportunities in the course whereby it could have evolved durable working relations with the United Sates based on principles of non-interference, sovereignty and dignity to better serve the mutual objectives. Sources were of the view that one of the major factors Pakistan failed to capitalise in retaining its natural given advantage, and instead continued with Musharrafs era unwritten agreements with the United States leaving the country in a total chaos to bring to an end the unabated CIA operated drones rain over FATA. This, according to the sources, has been because of chiefly two reasons including indifference of PPP high command including the President Asif Ali Zardari as well as PPP-led coalition government. They blamed the political dispensation for accepting the US-led war without its implications on the country. The second major reason they cited in Pakistans losing diplomatic disadvantage was non-implementation of the parliamentary resolution that was adopted after rigorous parliamentary process. The resolution adopted by the parliament clearly laid down parameters for the government to sort out with the United States the challenging issue to help stop the US operated drone strikes. Since the government remained stuck with internal political wrangles to remain in power on the hinges of so-called national policy of reconciliation confronted major challenges in Pakistans relations with the United States such as Raymond Davis fiasco in which CIA was believed to be running a parallel intelligence network without the knowledge of countrys security agencies. These developments further complicated relations between the two countries after the US conducted unilateral raid on the so-called OBL compound in Abbottabad on May 2 in which the US openly breached Pakistans sovereignty and security. Critics of policies of the ruling coalition seemed less hopeful about any major breakthrough in revitalising relations between the two estranged strategic allies even during the crucial visit of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to the United Sates next month. In this backdrop, they suggested proactive steps by the ruling coalition to evolve a well-considered response to these major challenges relating to Pak-US relations by taking on board the political and military leadership of the country.