LAHORE US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Governor House here on Friday. According to an official handout, the United States has agreed to review the security screening procedure, recently introduced by it, for Pakistanis. President Zardari in meeting with the US envoy raised the issue of screening procedures recently introduced by the US government making him aware of the serious concern expressed by the people of Pakistan on such procedures, which were no doubt derogatory for the people of Pakistan. Holbrooke, who also had lunch with the President, was accompanied by US Ambassador in Islamabad Anne W Patterson and senior US officials in his delegation. Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Hammad, Secretary General to the President Salman Farooqui and Secretary Foreign Affairs Salman Bashir besides other senior officials were also present in the meeting. Bilateral matters including drone attacks and issues relating to fight against militants, rehabilitation of internally-displaced people (IDPs), Pakistans energy needs and strengthening of civil law-enforcing agencies were also discussed in the meeting. The President further said that Pakistan and the US were allies in the war against terror and were facing a common enemy. In such a situation introduction of the security measures ran contrary to the excellent relations being enjoyed by the two countries, the President told Holbrooke. The President also raised the issue of transfer of drone technology to Pakistan, enhanced progress on ROZs and transfer of funds for CSF (Coalition Support Fund) with the US diplomat. Holbrooke informed $349 million of CSF would be transferred to Pakistan shortly. He stated that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has approved $125 million for upgradation of Tarbela Hydro Electric Plant. He also agreed to accelerate the process of transfer of remaining $1.4 million of CSF. It was agreed that strategic partnership between the two countries would also be enhanced. The President impressed upon the US envoy the need for basing the partnership between the two countries on mutual respect, trust and interest. In this context, the new US screening regime also came under discussion. The President welcomed US affirmation of commitment to Pakistans stability, security and prosperity and said that it must be based on mutual respect and trust. He said that democratic stability in Pakistan was dependent upon advancement of countrys development agenda in which the US and other industrialised countries could play a great role. Presidents Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that the President also called for allowing greater market access to Pakistani goods in the US and European countries. Pakistan 's industrial growth and export potential had been severely restricted first because the region was a theatre of war against the rival ideology in the past and secondly due to rising militancy in the country as a consequence of the first, the President told the US envoy. Consequently, Zardari further said Pakistan became a security driven state neglecting social and human uplift. The President said that the international community now owed it to Pakistan and to itself to help rebuild the country. He said that if these factors had not hampered the countrys progress Pakistan today would not have been faced with the type of economic problems it is facing today. The President also impressed upon the American envoy the need for early adoption of legislation in the US on ROZs to give the needed relief to the tribal people in their search for economic well-being, and social and political stability to counter forces of extremism and militancy. The President said that the people of Pukhtoonkhwa and FATA were enterprising and if assisted the area and its people could be transformed into a bulwark against extremism. The President further said that Pakistan needed a Marshall Plan to overcome its economic problems compounded by the fight against militancy and urged the international community to come forward to help Pakistan. The President said that the Friends of Democratic Pakistan needed to translate into practice the pledges of economic and financial support to Pakistan. Halbrooke, in turn, said that the purpose of his visit was to refocus US policy publicly about the region and on the support to Pakistan. Appreciating US assistance to Pakistan, the President called for channelling assistance through the government in accordance with Pakistans priorities and programmes ensuring transparency, accountability and efficacy in terms of results. The President said that the economic cost of the war against terror amounting to $35 billion for the last eight years had almost paralysed Pakistan economy. The President also drew attention towards payments of over 1.3 billion dollars due to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund. Pakistan has been facing delays in payments of Coalition support Fund claims, the President said and urged for timely reimbursement of CSF. Referring to the new Afghan strategy of the US, the President said that Pakistan has legitimate interests in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and urged that US must remain sensitive to Pakistans core national interests and concerns. US actions should remain on the Afghan side of the border, he added. The President also pointed out that drone attacks on Pakistani territory undermined the national consensus against the war on militancy. He renewed Pakistans call for giving it the drone technology so that the militants could be targeted by Pakistans security forces rather than by foreign troops, which raised questions of sovereignty. The US envoy appreciated Pakistans role in the war against extremism and militancy and assured full support in taking this war to the logical end. Meanwhile, Zardari made it clear that PPP did not want to have any bargain with the PML-N over the issue of third term of the Prime Minister, saying that there was no room for any such bar in a democratic set up. 'The bar on third term of the Prime Minister was no issue with the PPP and it would be undone soon alongwith other unconstitutional amendments, said the President in his formal interaction with columnists, anchorpersons and senior journalists at Governors House here on Friday night. He said PPP believed in Parliamentary system in which all executive powers lie with the Prime Minister. The President was asked this question in the context of reports that PPP wanted the PML-N to re-join the Federal Cabinet in exchange for lifting of Constitutional ban on third term of the Prime Minister. Zardari said 17th Amendment and 58(2)b didnt exist in actual terms but some process had to be followed for their abolishment. The President said that PPP was eager to see Mian Nawaz Sharif in the Parliament and play his role in national politics. PPP MNAs, Farahnaz Ispahani, Fauzia Wahab, Adviser to President Qayyum Soomro, PPP ministers and other party leaders were present on the occasion. The President took the media persons into confidence over a host of issues including Pak-US relations, Constitutional issues, working relationship with PML-N leadership, water dispute with India and the war on terror. When asked why his reconciliation policy did not work in case of the PML-N, the President replied, 'we have to do our politics and they are to do theirs. Let both of us do our respective politics. 'May be they are seeing political benefits in not responding to our reconciliatory moves, he further elaborated his point. Zardari, however, said that he had full faith in Mian Nawaz Sharif. He was of the view that PPP and PML-N were two different parties having their own manifestoes and policies; and in this context, it would not be logical to expect from them to have similar views on all issues. He said PPP was a firm believer in politics of tolerance because country could not afford any confrontation at the moment. Replying to a question about re-opening of the Z.A Bhutto trial, the President said that after the inception of new government the PPP wanted the Parliament to pass a resolution condemning what he called judicial murder of Z.A Bhutto. 'In the beginning, I also discussed this issue with Mian Nawaz Sharif, but he perhaps failed to convince his party men in this regard, he said, adding, 'the Parliamentarians should be mature enough to condemn such acts. He said it would have been better had the Parliament passed the proposed resolution. When asked if he was satisfied with the performance of Punjab government, he said it was none of his business to act as a watchdog on provincial governments. Responding to another query, he said he did not want any resolution to be passed from the Punjab Assembly in his favour. He said he did not ask any Assembly to pass resolution in his favour but they did so on their own. Asked if he was satisfied with the performance of Army chief as supreme commander of the Armed Forces, Zardari replied in the affirmative. 'Why not, was the brief answer from him. Responding to another query about Shahbaz Sharif having said in an interview that he did not trust President Asif Ali Zardari who did not honour his pledges taken on Holy Quran, Zardari categorically denied having taken any oath on the Holy Quran. When asked to comment on some secret meetings between important figures, he said much had already been said about it and he had nothing to add to it. Talking about Pak-US relations, he said both countries had different positions over different issues and they keep on discussing all controversial matters. He said Pakistan wanted the US to share drone technology with it, but the US considered it as it special weapon not to be in the possession of any other country. About Afghan policy, he said, President Obama wrote a letter to him and took him into confidence over new Afghan policy. Zardari also acknowledged US role in transition from dictatorship to democracy. About water dispute with India, he said he had discussed this issue with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He said all contentious disputes including Kashmir and water could be resolved through dialogue. He expressed the hope that India would show maturity and resume the stalled process of dialogue with Pakistan.