WASHINGTON - Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has reaffirmed that Pakistan itself will deal with violent extremists on its soil, saying the fight against terrorism is not America's fight alone but that of Pakistan's as well. "We will not allow foreign troops on our territory. We will deal with the problem ourselves," he told a gathering of former American diplomats, experts and academia at Washington's Brookings Institute on Friday.             Qureshi, who earlier met Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, also held out assurance on Pakistan's continued cooperation to anti-terror partners in enforcing security on the Afghan border and reiterated Islamabad's position that it would not negotiate with terrorists. At the same time, he made it clear that terrorism cannot be fought through military force alone, which should be combined with political engagement and social reforms that alone can lead to the winning of hearts and minds. Pakistan, he said, will not feel shy of using force where and when required. The challenge of terrorism, he stressed, is not a single-country challenge, but a global one, which needs a global response. Qureshi said Pakistan desires a more balanced, broader and longer-term relationship with the United States. "For too long our bilateral relationship has hinged heavily on cooperation in security areas, but luckily there is a clear realisation from both sides that we need to broaden and deepen the relationship, to expand our cooperation across a broad spectrum from agriculture to trade, to energy and education," he added. He said the relationship should move away from the 'cyclical' pattern of the past.  "We want a more stable approach. We have been too focused on military-to-military cooperation," he stated. He also called on Washington to sign a free trade agreement with Pakistan, something the US has been reluctant to do for domestic reasons. Qureshi called on India to adopt an 'out-of-the-box' approach in dealing with bilateral problems, especially Kashmir, which had remained unresolved. India, he said, should move from merely trying to manage conflicts to resolving them. They must not be permitted to linger on, as they had been. He told the gathering of his fruitful visit to New Delhi and expressed appreciation for the helpful role the United States had played in promoting good relations between New Delhi and Islamabad. He said the India-Pakistan dialogue must become "result-oriented," and 'innovative' ways should be found to resolve problems. The people of both countries are full of hope, he said. "Let us deliver on that hope," he added. Asked about the bombing of the Indian embassy in Kabul, Qureshi said that he was not into "blame game scenarios." Pakistan desires positive engagement with India and wishes both sides to move on to establish closer trade ties and people-to-people relations. "Please start trusting us," he appealed to India. Questioned about Afghanistan, Qureshi pointed out that the violence in that country is not of Pakistan's making. It is internal in nature. He cited the recent Paris conference on Afghanistan that he attended where various countries identified problems that dog Afghanistan, such as misgovernance, lack of capacity, the drug trade and warlordism. "It is easy to pass the buck," he added, an indirect reference to the frequent denunciatory statements against Pakistan's "interference" that continue to emanate from Kabul. He said in the past, Pakistan's concerns were centred on the East - meaning India - but today they are centred on the West - meaning Afghanistan. Meanwhile, in a CNN appearance, the foreign minister also made a pitch for forging a stable and wide-ranging relationship between the two nations. "The US Congress has to have a long-term, broad-based, stable relationship with Pakistan. We have to have an understanding in which we build institutions, we build democracy, we build values that we both ascribe to. We have a shared interest, and we need to support each other on that common approach, and we have to join our resources to fight that common enemy," he told the network's Situation Room news show. Pakistan, he said, is firm in its determination to combat terrorism through a multifaceted approach and said the country's security forces are not withdrawing from tribal areas bordering Afghanistan. "No, we are not stepping aside. We are not withdrawing. The forces will be there. We have-we are pursuing a policy of political engagement, but that does not mean that we will capitulate in front of terrorists. We will not negotiate. We will not talk to the terrorists. And if required, we will use force and we have used force in operations."