ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has welcomed US President Obamas initiative to form a joint task force for assisting Pakistan in overcoming the present energy crisis in the country. He called on the US government and private sector to support specific projects and mobilise investment towards Pakistans energy sector. The Prime Minister was talking to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who called on him at the PM House on Monday afternoon. Premier Gilani urged the US to provide drone technology to Pakistan enabling its Armed Forces to take action against terrorists, as the drone attacks by the Americans inside Pakistani territory remained a matter of public concern in Pakistan. At the same time, these attacks were counterproductive to governments efforts for isolating the terrorists, as the consequent collateral damage of these attacks was exploited by the extremists for fuelling anti-Americanism in the country, he added. While dilating on government of Pakistans strong and successful counterterrorism offensive in Swat and Malakand, the Prime Minister highlighted the fact that it had the complete support of Parliament, security institutions, political and religious leadership, civil society and media. He apprised Holbrooke about his governments relentless efforts to promote good governance, transparency and accountability in the country. He stated that it was the first time in Pakistans parliamentary history that the leader of the opposition had been appointed as the chairman of public accounts committee of the National Assembly. He added that the judiciary and media were completely independent then and hence the process of accountability to check the wrong doings in any government department has become institutionalised. Holbrooke stated that he was most impressed with the very successful Swat operation. He paid glowing plaudits to the government and Pakistan Army for determinedly taking on the militants and terrorists, providing relief to the dislocated persons and undertaking steps for their rehabilitation. He said the US would fully back government of Pakistan in its reconstruction efforts in Swat and Malakand and the US assistance pledged in the FoDP Tokyo meeting would soon be disbursed towards that end. He also assured the Prime Minister of his governments full support for overcoming the energy crisis, which he termed as the foremost problem in Pakistan. He informed the Prime Minister that the US Economic Advisor David Lipton and specialist Mary Beth Goodman would be visiting Pakistan by the end of this month to hold discussions with the joint task force being constituted to find ways and means for overcoming the energy crisis. PPI adds: The United States knows that Pakistans Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud is dead because he has not appeared in public to prove that he is alive, US envoy to Pakistan & Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke told CNN on Monday. He said Pakistani Taliban have not confirmed the death of Baitullah Mehsud because of an ongoing power struggle over his successor. The reason its clear he is dead is that if he werent dead, hed be giving TV and radio interviews to prove he is not dead, Holbrooke told CNNs Cal Perry. He said Mehsuds death has sparked a succession crisis among the Pakistani Taliban. The chaos benefits us but it doesnt mean that this thing is over.