NEW YORK Awami National Party leader Asfandyar Wali Khan said on Saturday said that those serving the government should give up their party offices in the best interest of democracy in Pakistan. Speaking to Pakistani reporters at a function organised by the Pakistan League of America, he called for the separation of government and party offices. In this regard, Asfandyar said that the ANP had set an example: Those of its members who joined the government had resigned from their party offices. The ANP leader also said that intense efforts of the Pakistani political forces and the armys operations have broken the back of insurgency in the country, but acts of terrorism still pose a grave challenge. The defeat of insurgency is great success, the ANP leader told the Pakistani community members invited to the leagues function before he talked to the press. Pakistans image abroad will not improve unless terrorism in all its forms and manifestation was eliminated, he said, while lamenting the fact that the terrorists were killing their own countrymen. Asfandyar is here to address a conference being held in Brooklyn, a borough of New York City, honouring his grandfather, Ghaffar Khan. He pointed that terrorist activity was going on in FATA, not in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The ANP leader said his party was determined to help in the efforts to wipe out terrorism, but if they failed to turn the situation around, it will give up power. Asfandyar said that a peaceful Afghanistan was a must for Pakistans own stability and prosperity. If the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan was sought, Pakistan would also have to eject foreign militants like the Arabs, Uzbeks and Tajiks from its territory for establishing peace in the region. He said Pakhtuns in Karachi were in no danger, neither they have problem with anyone in that mega city. The Pakhtuns had given their blood in the development of Karachi and this must be recognised, he said, adding that a stable Pakistan needs stable Karachi. Replying to a reporters question about relations with India, Asfandyar Wali Khan, who is also the chairman of National Assemblys Foreign Affairs Committee, said there was trust-deficit between the two neighbouring countries. Unless steps were taken to improve the atmosphere, the relations between India and Pakistan wont improve. Earlier, Pakistans Consul-General in New York Babar Hashmi administered the oath of office to the new-elected office-bearers of the Pakistan League of America, a non-political body which was established in 1971. Shafqat Tanveer, who was elected chairman of the league, while welcoming Asfandyar Wali Khan, enumerated the aims and objects of the organisation.