Talks on the proposed agreement will begin soon with an exchange of high-level visits, an official said.
Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam will travel to Washington soon to discuss and identify areas of cooperation in the intelligence field.
This will be Islam’s first trip to the US since he took charge of the ISI in March. He was scheduled to travel to the US in May but had to delay his due to the lingering stalemate between the two countries.
“Now that the standoff is over, the DG ISI will soon visit the US,” a security official said.Another Pakistani official familiar with the development told the daily that the US was initially reluctant to negotiate such an accord since existing “vague” arrangements served its purpose.
However, Pakistan managed to convince the US on the issue during intense discussions aimed at breaking the blockade of the NATO supply lines, the official said.
Pakistan shut the supply lines after a cross-border NATO air strike killed 24 of its soldiers in November. The routes were reopened after the US apologised for the attack.