WASHINGTON - Reiterating his firm denial about links between some members of the Inter-Services Intelligence and militants, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was quoted as saying Thursday that he would look into the allegations that the agency is compromised. In an interview with reporters and editors of The Washington Times before his departure for home after a three-day visit, he said U.S. concerns about collusion between members of I.S.I and terrorists are being taken seriously and "will be resolved." Asked whether he was confident that the ISI contained no pockets of Taliban sympathy, Gilani said, "I'm pretty sure about it." But he added, "We still have to look into [the accusations]. ... It will be resolved." The prime minister said intelligence sharing is key to solving the problems in the FATA. "We want to have more intelligence sharing with Afghanistan and NATO, so if there's credible, actionable intelligence, it will be passed to us," he said. Gilani said Pakistani security forces now could be trusted because "the army chief [Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani] is highly supportive of democracy and is not ambitious," unlike his predecessor, President Pervez Musharraf. The prime minister confirmed to the newspaper the visit in mid-July of CIA Deputy Director Stephen Kappes and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael G. Mullen. According to the New York Times, they confronted senior Pakistani officials with evidence showing members of I.S.I have deepened their ties with some militant groups responsible for a surge of violence in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey, acting commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East and South Asia, visited Pakistan's tribal areas on Monday, The New York Times said. Citing an unnamed U.S. official, The Washington Times said that "not enough is being done" by Pakistan to combat growing problems in the country's remote Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), including Taliban and al Qaeda sympathizers within government agencies. "In Pakistan, you have both real counterterror cooperation and real concerns about terrorism," said the official. "[The concerns] coexist." "Plainly there is a problem in the tribal areas, and that problem is not being addressed adequately at this point," the official said. "The tribal areas and the terror activities pose a threat to Pakistan, South Asia and regions beyond." In the interview with The Washington Times, Gilani said the best way to combat the Taliban and al Qaeda is through extensive education and economic aid. "The root cause of the problem in the tribal areas and Afghanistan is poverty," he said. "People are turning to those militants because they bribe them, give them money and protection. And they use them for their own benefit." Gilani spoke after meeting with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, Delaware Democrat, to discuss legislation approved by the committee to commit up to $15 billion in development assistance to Pakistan over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, Karl Inderfurth, a former assistant secretary of state for South Asian affairs, while describing Gilani as a soft-spoken politician who spent five years in prison for his political opposition to the Musharraf regime, said he is not considered a strong figure compared with prior Pakistani leaders. "Gilani has multiple problems," Inderfurth told The Washington Times. "There is no strong political leadership, and the government is divided from within. Gilani is not a particularly strong leader." Mr. Inderfurth said Mr. Gilani was also undermined by the fragility of the Pakistani economy. "This government is in a perfect storm right now" with 19 percent inflation," Mr. Inderfurth said. "What they really need is food aid."The Bush administration has promised Pakistan an emergency infusion of $115 million, primarily to compensate for rising food prices.