President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the United States to revisit its drone attack policy in Pakistani tribal areas.
He termed drone attack as counterproductive that are causing great damage at popular level and stressed the need to find a way out.
The president said the sacrifices offered by Pakistan in the fight against militancy must be acknowledged and appreciated. He said Pakistan's armed forces were doing a heroic job despite odds but‚ stretched as they were in the tribal areas‚ they needed to be assisted with resources for long term and sustained counter terrorism operations.
About Pakistan-US relations‚ President Zardari said that bilateral ties between Pakistan and the US were multifaceted and it would not be proper to see them through one prism only‚ be that Afghanistan or any other.
Reiterating that Pakistan looked forward to increased trade through market access instead of aid the President said that Pakistan also wanted increased US investment in Pakistan in energy‚ agro and livestock sectors.
Referring to Pakistan-India relations‚ the President said that Pakistan had liberalized trade with India and wished to establish friendly‚ cooperative and good neighborly relations with it and peaceful resolution of all outstanding disputes.
Robert Menendez appreciated the role played by Pakistani and the sacrifices offered by its armed forces‚ security agencies and the people in the fight against militancy.
The President also hosted a lunch for the delegation.