ISTANBUL (APP) - President Asif Ali Zardari has said Pakistan has suffered a great loss in the fight against terrorism. We have lost over 36,000 innocent men, women and children and suffered direct economic loss over $70 billion in the war, the president said in an interview published in leading Turkish newspaper Hurriyet. Zardari, who is here to attend trilateral summit on Afghanistan said, No country has made greater contributions and sacrifices in fighting terrorism than Pakistan. He said, We have lost our great leader Benazir Bhutto at the hands of terrorists. No one should question our commitment in fighting the war. Replying to a question, the president said, The Osama bin Laden issue is a history and Pakistan is looking to a new chapter of relations with the US. He said the source of the greatest evil of the new millennium met his eventual fate. We should look to future and ensure that the militant mindset is defeated and the sooner we stop public criticism and finger-pointing at each other and coordinate our resources, the better it will serve the cause of peace and stability and in the fight against extremism and militancy, he said. The president said, Our relations should be based on respect for sovereignty and mutual trust. Replying to another question, the president said, Lets talk about peace and not war. Democracy always favours dialogue over confrontation. Peace with everyone. Decades ago the international community got together in an unprecedented unity to defeat a rival ideology (communism). Together they created militants (in Afghanistan). After the defeat of Russia in Afghanistan, the international community abandoned the region leaving us at the mercy of so-called jihadis. Today, our innocent citizens are killed mercilessly by terrorists. This is a historical fact. Zardari said Pakistan is grateful to the Turkish nation for their deep compassion and sublime generosity towards the millions Pakistanis affected by the 2010 and 2011 floods as well as in the October 2005 earthquake. He said the people and the Pakistan government mourn with their Turkish brethren in the wake of the natural calamity in Van. Zardari said, We have dispatched relief goods to Turkey as a gesture of solidarity. The president said, We supported each other in our wars of independence; we supported each other in natural disasters and calamities also. We are one nation living in two states. Zardari said under the present arrangement, visa is not required for holders of diplomatic and official passports and the eventual goal is a visa free regime for all citizens and also working towards the currency swap agreement to enhance the bilateral trade. Meanwhile, President Zardari and his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul Monday agreed to finalise the currency swap agreement between the two countries this week. The two presidents met on the sidelines of trilateral summit on Afghanistan and discussed steps to cement bilateral ties including progress on the implementation of the ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA), Gul Train, the High-level Cooperation Council and the establishment of Techno Parks in Pakistan in collaboration with Turkish universities. Presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said that the currency swap agreement would enable the traders and businessmen of the two countries to trade in their respective currencies without drawing from their dollar-based foreign exchange reserves. This will reduce the pressure on the foreign exchange reserves of the two countries and give a quantum jump to the bilateral trade between the two states, he said. During the talks, President Zardari said that the level of bilateral trade and investment between the two countries remained far below the real potential and there was a need to increase bilateral trade. The existing bilateral trade of $1 billion should be doubled to $2 billion by next year, the president said, stressing the need for removing trade barriers and easing visa restrictions. He said it was an encouraging sign that private sectors were collaborating in the energy, construction, food processing and rubber industry. We want further joint ventures and investment in key sectors such as infrastructure, engineering, energy, agriculture, telecommunications and mining. Pakistan will welcome Turkish investment in hydro-power generation, alternate energy and rental thermal plants, he said. The president laid stress on opening of more Turkish bank branches in Pakistan and vice versa. He called for working together by all ECO countries to implement ECO Trade Agreement (ECOTA) and said that Pakistan was ready to work with Turkey. He thanked President Gul for his personal interest in the Gul Train project which would revolutionise cargo and transit facilities between the two countries and called for taking all the necessary steps to speed up the implementation of this key initiative. He said the Pakistan Railways would provide all-out support to the newly-established private company TOBB Logistics Inc for operating and marketing trains in an efficient manner. Referring to cooperation in education, he said Pakistani universities were ready to establish Techno Parks in Pakistan in collaboration with the Turkish universities. President Zardari said he was greatly encouraged by the successful outcome of the inaugural session of the HLCC and called for an effective follow-up for timely implementation of the decisions taken at its first session. He lauded Turkeys efforts to host the Istanbul regional conference. He thanked Turkey for its support to Pakistans candidature to win the seat for UN Security Council as well as for Turkeys assistance for flood affected people in the country. President Zardari expressed grief over the loss of precious lives and destruction of property in the recent quake in Turkey. He extended invitation to the Turkish president to visit Pakistan. He was accompanied by Secretary General to President M Salman Faruqui and Pakistani Ambassador to Turkey Muhammad Haroon Shaukat while Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan M Babur Hizlan assisted President Gul.