Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani urged the United States Friday to write off its debt to help his cash-strapped nation grapple with insurgency, humanitarian crisis and global recession. Gilani made the appeal during talks in Islamabad with visiting US special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, said a statement from the prime minister's office. Gilani made the request to help "overcome the present economic difficulties accentuated by the war on terror, growing crisis of IDPs (those displaced by an offensive) and the negative impact of the global recession," it said. The prime minister also urged the US administration to increase aid substantially and fast track "much-needed military supplies for Pakistan's campaign against terrorism," the statement said. His request came two days after Holbrooke said the US administration was seeking more than 300 million dollars in emergency relief for the two million people displaced by Pakistan's latest military offensive against the Taliban.