Pakistan has decided to launch an offensive military attack in North Waziristan, the main sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban on the border with Afghanistan, a local newspaper reported on Monday.

The U.S. long back demanded Pakistan to launch military operation in North Waziristan to search the Haqqani network. Haqqani is one of the dangerous Afghan militant group fighting American troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan, under the intense U.S. pressure attacked militancy after it was discovered that Osama bin Laden had been living there.

Before the ground operations were launched, Pakistani air force planes would lessen up militant targets under the targeted military offensive, the News newspaper reported.

During the surprise visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Pakistan, an understanding had been accomplished over the offensive, the newspaper reported.

Pakistan has sustained that its troops were already too stretched out fighting Pakistani Taliban insurgents to tackle North Waziristan.

Analysts say that Pakistan sees the Haqqani network as a benefit to oppose the growing influence of rival India in Afghanistan.