ISLAMABAD - Terming the recent US propaganda blitz against Pakistan as unfortunate and counterproductive, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has, once again, emphasised the need for deeper engagement with the United States in the ongoing war on terror but on the basis of mutual respect and devoid of mutual recrimination. Giving his policy statement while briefing ambassadors, heads of diplomatic mission and representatives of international organisations on flood situation here at on Saturday, the Prime Minister termed the national interests as benchmark for the countrys policies and made it loud and clear that national interests were supreme and asked United States to stop blame game as it would be self-defeating, counterproductive and only benefit enemies of peace. Rejecting the assertions of complicity with Haqqani network or of proxy war, Prime Minister Gilani said that Pakistans credentials in the war on terror were impeccable. Once again reiterating the countrys stance that prosperous, stable and peaceful Afghanistan was in the interests of Pakistan, Premier Gilani stressed the need for deeper engagement between Pakistan, Afghanistan and United States for curbing terrorism and for reconciliation and peace in war-torn Afghanistan. The Prime Minister said that unfounded and baseless US allegations were in negation of the matchless sacrifices rendered by the people of Pakistan as over 35,000 Pakistanis fell victim to the acts of terrorism and many more had been injured for serving as frontline state in the war against terror. The Premier further said, We have taken resolute action against terrorists and militants. We have done so in our national interest. The United States knows very well the full account of large number of al-Qaida operatives that were interdicted, captured and killed by our security forces. Terrorists are targeting innocent civilians, bombing our markets and places of worship and carrying out targeted assassinations against security and law enforcement personnel. The allegations betray a confusion and policy disarray within the US establishment on the way forward in Afghanistan. Clearly, there is concern over the deterioration of the security situation in Afghanistan. Recent attacks in Kabul including on the US Embassy were disquieting. We condemn these attacks. I was in Kabul recently to convey our condolences and express solidarity with people and leadership of Afghanistan on the tragic assassination of Professor Rabbani, he added. The Prime Minister stressed the need for close policy coordination between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US. We need to develop a clear and coherent strategy together. A clear roadmap so that all three i.e. Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US are on the same page and work together for achieving the stated goal of reconciliation and peace. It is with this in view that we have established Trilateral Core Group, which has met four times, he elaborated. Clarity and strategic coherence would lead to the necessary operational policy coordination. Realities and the dynamics of the situation on the ground also need to be objectively factored. It is with this in view that we consistently signalled closer and deeper engagement with the US and Afghanistan. Blame game is self-defeating. We strongly reject assertions of complicity with the Haqqanis or of proxy war. It will only benefit the enemies of peace. Only terrorists and militants will gain from any fissures and divisions. Pakistans credentials and sacrifices in the counterterrorism campaign are impeccable and unquestionable. Several countries have maintained direct contacts with the Haqqanis. Singling out Pakistan is not fair. Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the security of US NATO/ISAF forces in Afghanistan. While there have been terrorist attacks in Kabul and Wardak, there have also been numerous attacks on Pakistan launched from sanctuaries and safe havens in Nooristan and Kunar in Afghanistan. It is as much the responsibility of the Afghan National Army, NATO and ISAF not to allow such cross-border militancy. Joint operations and coordination are essential. Lets be objective and not get carried away by emotions. Earlier while addressing the gathering of ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organisations Prime Minister Gilani called upon the national and international relief agencies as well as media to portray its severity to the world. The scale of devastation this year is not less than what this nation experienced last year..... Since the spread of the floods is all across the Sindh province, the national and international relief agencies, and the media, must portray its severity to the world, Gilani said while speaking at a briefing on flood situation in Pakistan for ambassadors, heads of diplomatic missions and representatives of international organisations here. The Prime Minister said the calamity, besides taking a terrible toll in terms of human sufferings, livestock and infrastructure, has also resulted in huge economic loss as standing crops were destroyed and hundreds of thousands of homes were washed away or damaged. Alive to this, I appeared on television to make a passionate appeal to the nation at large and the international community to come forward and lend a helping hand to the affectees. I called upon them to repeat their exemplary gesture of 2010, when both the calamity and the support from home and abroad were unprecedented, he added. Prime Minister Gilani noted with immense satisfaction that the response to his appeal has been overwhelming and international organisations, partner nations, NGOs, INGOs and civil society have come forward in a big way to help their brethren in need. Such an exemplary display of generosity reinforces our faith in universal brotherhood. Prime Minister Gilani on this occasion also expressed his gratitude for UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and the UN system for responding promptly to Pakistans appeal for international assistance. He said the gigantic task of rescue, relief and rehabilitation has pre-occupied the government, adding, We have mobilised all our national resources to provide immediate relief to the affected people. Floodwaters have not yet receded. Millions of people require shelter, food, healthcare and sanitation. I am pleased to note that the Prime Ministers Relief fund 2011 is receiving positive response despite the relatively less time span since we realised the enormity of the crisis. Where we express gratitude to the international community, I must call upon organisations, both public and private, the corporate sector, the civil society and media to harness their potential to the full and continue to play their role in extending relief to those hit by this huge disaster, he added. He said the role of the public representatives in a crisis situation is of utmost importance, adding, they have a responsibility to reach out to their people and extend every possible support. The parliamentarians need to be in thick of the action and become the eyes and ears of relief agencies, Gilani said, adding, realising the importance of the role of public representatives, he has formalised their involvement by constituting a parliamentary committee under the leadership of Senator Syed Nayyar Hussain Bokhari, Leader of House in the Senate. The committee shall act as a monitor and a link between the people and the relief workers; aiding and assisting in identifying needs and guiding the relief providers, he added. The Prime Minister said wherever he had gone to monitor floods relief efforts his message has been loud and clear: we will under no circumstances abandon our brothers and sisters in this moment of crisis. We belong to the people, we are what we are because of the people and amongst then you will find us. President Asif Ali Zardari has led from the front in energising the relief teams, encouraging the disaster management authorities and in wiping the tears of the affectees, he added. The Prime Minister said he cancelled a crucial trip to New York to be in the floodwaters himself and supervise relief operations. Let me say that natural calamities and man-made disasters are not new to this nation. For two consecutive years, we have seen the devastation caused by the floods, affecting millions of people. Each disaster brings us closer as people and tests our resilience in the face of crisis. For relief agencies and experts like yourself, each calamity seems to make you stronger and wiser, leaving you with experience and knowledge in preventing and managing future challenges should they arise, he added. The Prime Minister said, Our people and the relief agencies have risen on each occasion and such disasters have brought out the best in them. He said the important role of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and its provincial chapter PDMA who are doing their best with the support and in collaboration with the provincial government to provide relief and rehabilitation services in an efficient and coordinated manner. The Prime Minister lauded the countrys Armed Forces including Army, Air Force and Navy for the rescue and relief activities in the rain and flood-affected areas of Sindh. He also commended the outstanding services provided by Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal in reaching out to the families who have lost their livelihoods and belongings to the merciless waters. The overall role of the Cabinet Division, its Emergency Relief Cell and the National Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Network has been instrumental in saving lives threatened by the spread of disease and epidemics that floods bring in their fold, he added. The Prime Minister said the health response had been appropriate and timely which saved thousands of precious lives. To the heads of diplomatic missions and ambassadors I must express my profound gratitude. I also want you to convey my personal thanks to your respective governments for responding to Pakistans appeal for assistance. Such overwhelming support for the last two years strengthens our bonds of friendship and reflects the love of your people for the people of Pakistan. Let us work together in rebuilding the lives of those who have no one but us to look up to, he added.