ISLAMABAD The US administration as well as the Congress strongly desires continuation and strengthening of democracy in Pakistan and believes that its relationship with Pakistan is based on civilian and pro-constitution set-up. US Congressman Jim Marshall expressed these views during his meeting with Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in his chamber at the Parliament on Friday. Some four Congressmen were also accompanying him during the meeting. The visiting US Congressmen informed the Prime Minister that during their meeting with the Chief of the Army Staff earlier in the day, they had highlighted the same US sentiments. The Congress delegation appreciated the role of Pakistans armed forces in the relief and rescue operation in the flood-hit areas and in war against terror. They assured the Prime Minister of US support for establishing civilian institutions and building their capacity for disaster management and relief activities so that they can play a proactive role in any such eventuality. The Prime Minister appreciated President Obama, his administration and US Congress support for standing by the government and people of Pakistan in coping with the massive challenges posed by the floods, war against terror and efforts to strengthen democratic institutions in the country. The Prime Minister while acknowledging the US government and armed forces valuable support to his governments efforts for rescuing the precious lives of people stranded in flooded areas, hoped that the US would continue to assist Pakistan in the rehabilitation and reconstruction phases. He apprised the US delegation of the colossal devastation caused by this natural calamity and stated that his government was in the process of establishing an oversight council to ensure complete transparency in utilization of assistance generated locally as well as from abroad. He said that the meeting of the Council of Common Interest (CCI) was scheduled in the beginning of the next week to bring all the stakeholders on board to devise a national plan for rehabilitation and reconstruction which would further establish confidence of the people in the whole exercise. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan and the US already had close strategic relations and desired to further enhance the bilateral ties in multi-faceted fields. He reiterated his governments resolve to keep pursuing the war against terror for the safety of Pakistan as well as the world at large. The Prime Minister also said that his government despite the difficult economic situation would continue its economic reform programme, would broaden the tax base, accelerate the process of privatisation and take the required difficult decisions to provide indigenous strength to the national economy. However, Pakistan alone nonetheless cannot cope with the magnitude and scale of efforts required for reconstruction and rehabilitation of flood affected areas and hoped that important countries like US would play their due role in generating the sources in this regard. The leader of the US Congressional delegation Jim Marshall termed the devastation caused by the flood as overwhelming and mind boggling which he said required huge mobilization of resources for reconstruction efforts. The delegation lauded the Prime Minister and his governments commitment to the IMF programme and the required economic reform and assured him that they would try their utmost for enhancing US Congress full support to Pakistan in this time of need. While appreciating Pakistans role in war against terror said that the Pak-US relations will go beyond the war against terror. The delegation members included Representatives Jane Harman, Peter Welech, Charies Dent and Cythia Lummis. Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Minister for Water & Power Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Senator Syeda Sughra Imam, Defence and Foreign Affairs Secretaries and senior officers were also present in the meeting.