WASHINGTON: - Stating that building a school helps more than a missile fire in defeating terrorists in the long terrm, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani Sunday called for a concerted anti-terrorism strategy to root out terrorism. "What we need now is go to the drawing board, come up with a strategy in which NATO, Afghanistan and Pakistan work together rather than indulge in finger pointing," Ambassador Haqqani said in a television interview, while stressing the need tio end the blame game. "The people of Afghanistan and the people of FATA all deserve a better life. Americans must under understand that in helping build their better life, they are actually undermining terrorists, because more than a missile a school helps fight terrorists, because people start developing hope whereas the terrorists are negation of their hope." Haqqani proposed a combination of anti-terrorism efforts with a much greater emphasis on socio-economic uplift of the people, while reaffirming the elected government's determination to do "all it can" to curb extremism in areas along the Pak-Afghan border. "Prime Minister (Yousaf Raza) Gilani and his government will do that." Responding to American callers on the show, the Pakistani ambassador drew attention to the fact that "Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism as much as Afghanistan" and expressed Islamabad's opposition to anyone using the Pakistani territory for extremism. Commenting on Afghan President Hamid Karzai's statements, he expressed the hope that the two countries would be able to resolve the problems by working together. "We want to work it out in a way in which both the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan can be rid of the Taliban and al-Qaeda." "President Karzai is not blaming our country, he understands that 160 million Pakistanis are friends of Afganisan, he also recognizes that the people who have been elected to office in February 18 election are people who want good relations with Afghanistan " President Karazai and many other Afghans were our guests for many many years," he said. Pakistan, he stressed, is also concerned at extremist elements in the two countries being responsible for acts of terrorism in Afghanistan because Pakistan itself has been a victim of terrorism. Haqqani described Presiddent Karzai as an ally, brother, neighbor and friend and at the same time also hinted at his political compulsions like those of leaders elsewhere. Referring to the problems inside Afghanistan, he pointed to inadequate governance, spiraling opium production, linkage between drug profits and terrorism, lack of capacity, lighter military footprint etc., and said Afghanistan needs a lot more international attention. He also cited failures in the war on terrorism and shifting of focus and resources away from Afghanistan to Iraq conflict. "Afghanistan deserves a lot more attention"for example the opium production in Afghanistan is up, the narcotics and its profits feed terrorism in the region- so it is a bit like a Central Asian Columbia. We don't really need that. "Think about it from Pakistan's point of view to have a country neighboring it, from where there are as many as two million refugees --- and we can't stop them from going back and forth into their own country. But then that means there is a lot of traffic along that border-  it is a porous border, 2000 miles long mountainous border, it can't be totally patrolled or sealed " and so it creates problems on both sides of the border because of the fact enough investment has not been made in protecting it." On the safety of Pakistan's nuclear assets, he said the country has a strong and responsible command and control system and ruled out the possibility of their falling into hands of extremists. "Pakistan has no intention of passing on nuclear technology to other nations, whatever happened in the past has been fully investigated and those responsible have been put out of action," he replied to question. Asked to comment on allegations about some elements of Pakistani intelligence service being involved in the bombing of Indian embassy in Kabul last month, the ambassador said there is no will among Pakistanis to so that.  He added it makes no sense that an intelligence service will do it on its own "because it would be the most obvious group that would have a finger pointed at it." On allegations leveled against the Pakistani intelligence service, he stated if there is "any substantive and substantiated" allegation, the government would be willing to have a look at it. Answering another question, he said Pakistan's forces would chase any high-level al-Qaeda leaders including Osama bin Laden as getting them is in the country's interests. "Pakistan has contributed immensely to war against terror, we have lost many lives." Regarding the coalition government's move to impeach President Pervez Musharraf, he said, "whatever will happen, will happen constitutionally and in a democratic manner ... what we will see will be a democratic outcome."