Obama's special envoy, Richard Holbrooke, is initiating dialogue between the United States and religious parties previous administrations had largely shunned, both sides said.
"The purpose is to broaden the base of American relations in Pakistan beyond the relatively narrow circle of leaders Washington has previously dealt with,' explained Vali Nasr, senior adviser to Holbrooke.
John Bolton, US ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush presidency, questioned Holbrooke's timing for trying to engage Taliban sympathizers on the eve of elections in neighboring Afghanistan, where US forces are battling the hard-line Islamic group.
The people of tribal areas have expressed reservation over the US role in the region. According to them, the US can rightly be held responsible for the killing of thousands of people. Now the lives of millions of people are in danger due to the dirty role of both the US and Pakistani rulers.