LAHORE – PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has asked the Obama administration to shift the focus of its relationship with Pakistan from aid to one based on trade, investment and greater people-to-people contacts.The former premier said this while talking to US Senator Robert Menendez, the newly elected chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations who called on him in Raiwind on Friday.During the course of their warm and friendly meeting, the two sides comprehensively exchanged views on a number of issues of mutual interest of the two countries.The PML-N head congratulated Senator Menendez on his election to this important office and recalled the vital role his predecessor, Senator John Kerry, recently appointed as the new secretary of state, in promoting the US-Pakistan relations. Nawaz said he was confident that under his guidance, the US policy towards Pakistan would be framed on the principles of mutual trust and interest. He said Pakistan was an important country in a sensitive region, whose services to counter terrorism and promote peace and security in South Asia must be recognised and appreciated. He stated given the complexity of the situation in the region, Pakistan and the United States must work closely in an atmosphere of trust and understanding.Senator Menendez thanked the former prime minister for the meeting and remarked that the US had great respect for him and lauded his contribution to strengthening of democracy in Pakistan. He added the US was closely following developments leading to the forthcoming elections in Pakistan. This would be an important event as it would mark the first peaceful transition from one elected government to another elected one, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, the senator added. He also praised the mass transit system introduced recently in Lahore. The meeting was attended by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Ch Nisar Ali Khan while the senator was accompanied by US Ambassador Richard Olson.