ISLAMABAD Pakistan called upon the fiery US to 'give peace a chance as an extraordinarily high-powered American delegation engaged in talks with the top Pakistani civil and military leaders on Thursday night at the Prime Ministers House. The call came after Hillary issued a warning, the same day from Kabul before her arrival in the country, that Pakistan would face serious consequences if it continued to tolerate safe havens for extremist attacking Americans and Afghans. Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, who led the Pakistani team, told the American delegates being led by Hillary Clinton to respect the sentiments of the Pakistani nation as expressed in the recently passed All-Party Conference resolution, which called for seeking peaceful resolution to the unending conflict through initiating dialogue with the militants. On the occasion, the prime minister also reiterated the collective national view on the issue of peace in Afghanistan as articulated in the APC resolution. Disagreements between the coalition partners on the war on terror should not undermine the strategic relationship which is vital for the promotion of mutual interests of the two countries, said the prime minister. The discussion also focused on the bilateral relations between the two countries, especially in the fields of security, economy, energy and investment. Both the sides urged on the importance of the positive messaging in public diplomacy to promote an enabling environment between the two countries. PM Gilani said that both the countries should complement each other to counter terrorism, adding the relationship should also go beyond terrorism. The US Secretary of State said, I have too much respect for Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and for the country. The US Secretary of State recognised the importance of Pakistan in the context of peace and security in the region. She appreciated the resolution, which, she said, was a right message from Pakistan to the world. In the meeting, the Pakistans side was represented by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Army Chief General Asfhaq Pervaz Kayani, DG ISI Lt-Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, Foreign Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. Hillary Clinton was joined by General Patraeus, CIA Director Marc Grossman, US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempesy, and Lt-Gen Douglas Lute. Earlier, Senator Sughra Imam and Foreign Office high officials received the US Secretary of State, who arrived Thursday evening on a two-day visit, at the airport. Surprisingly, no leading civilian or military bigwig turned up to receive the delegation, apparently conveying the message that Pakistan was in no mood to entertain the US threats like those issued in Kabul. Hillary will also lead the US delegation to meet President Asif Ali Zardari. Agencies add: Before her arrival in Pakistan, Hillary set the stage for a high-level diplomatic showdown, by bluntly warning Pakistans leaders of 'serious consequences for keeping there policy on Afghanistan unchanged. Theres no place to go any longer, Mrs Clinton said in Kabul, referring to Pakistans leadership, in some of the Obama administrations most pointed language to date. The terrorists are on both sides of the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are killing both peoples, she said. No one should be in any way mistaken about allowing this to continue without paying a very big price, Hillary said. She warned the Taliban to be part of a peaceful future or face a continuing assault, but urged Islamabad to play a 'constructive role in bringing militants to negotiations aimed at ending the 10-year war in Afghanistan. And now its a question as to how much cooperation Pakistanis will provide in going after those safe havens We intend to push the Pakistanis very hard as to what they are willing and able to do with us... to remove the safe havens and the continuing threats across the border to Afghans. She warned militants that we are going to seek you in your safe havens on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border and confirmed a US operation against the Haqqani network it blames for some of the worst war attacks. There was a major military operation inside Afghanistan in recent days that has been rounding up and eliminating Haqqani operatives on this side of the border, she told reporters. Were going to be fighting, were going to be talking and were going to be building. And they can either be helping or hindering, but we are not going to stop our efforts. Reconciliation is still possible. Indeed, it represents the best hope for Afghanistan and the region. But success will take an inclusive national dialogue and sustained political (support), including from Afghanistans neighbours, she said. The top US diplomat also said there was an international effort to squeeze the Haqqani with their funding and other aspects of their operations. Hillary, appearing with Afghanistans president, Hamid Karzai, took a clearly combative tone, saying that Pakistan could either be helping or hindering efforts to find both a military and a political resolution to the war here. It is now, she said, a time for clarity. It is a time for people to declare themselves as to how we are going to work together, she said. Karzai on this occasion repeated his call for 'shifting the focus of the peace effort to Pakistan. We believe that the Taliban to a very, very great extent to a very, very great extent are controlled by establishments in Pakistan, stay in Pakistan, have their headquarters in Pakistan, launch attacks from Pakistan, he said. We will be delivering a very clear message to the government of Pakistan and to the people of Pakistan because they too have suffered, Hillary said before she left for Pakistan for what was expected to be a tense visit by an unusually powerful American delegation sent to demand greater Pakistani cooperation in fighting al-Qaeda and other extremists groups. Senior US administration officials have described the delegation as an effort by the administration to display a united front to a Pakistani government that appears increasingly suspicious toward if not openly hostile to American policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While those officials suggested that they hoped to persuade the Pakistanis to cooperate, Hillarys remarks in Afghan capital suggested the delegation would deliver a much sharper warning as well. Hillary Clintons visit to Pakistan comes a day after Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani told parliaments defence committee the US should focus on stabilising Afghanistan instead of pushing Pakistan to attack the Haqqanis in the border region. The problem lies in Afghanistan, not Pakistan, a committee member told Reuters Wednesday, quoting Kayani. The MP spoke on condition of anonymity.