ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday while asking for drone technology and halt to direct attacks on Pakistans soil pressed the US to play its due role in resolving the core issues of Kashmir and water between India and Pakistan for the sake of peace in the region. President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani demanded this in their separate meetings with Gen (Retd) James Jones, US National Security Advisor. In his meeting with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, General James Jones said that the US government would help in every possible way for the resumption of dialogue between Pakistan and India and for resolution of the core issues like Kashmir dispute and water distribution between the two countries. President Asif Ali Zardari in his separate meeting told the visiting US official that the US should give drones technology to help Pakistan boost its indigenous capacity to eliminate militants from its soil. While in his meeting, Prime Minister called upon the world in general and the United States in particular, to play role towards resolving core issue of Kashmir as well as the water dispute between Pakistan and India. Talking to James Jones, he said resolution of the core issues would help it focus on war against extremism and terrorism on its western border to ensure peace and stability in South Asia. In response to Pakistans demand, General (Retd) Jones reaffirmed President Obamas keen desire to have a long-term multifaceted and strategic cooperation with Pakistan under a new comprehensive regional strategy. US Ambassador Anne W Patterson and senior officers of the National Security Agency of the US were also present on the occasion. Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Defence Minister Ch Ahmad Mukhtar, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Senator Sughra Imam, Farahnaz Ispahani, MNA and senior officials were also present in the meeting. In a meeting with the US security advisor, President also thanked the US administration for its efforts in the adoption of the Kerry Lugar Bill to provide $1.5 billion of annual assistance to Pakistan over a period of five years. The President said that Pakistan needed much more assistance to rehabilitate the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and embark upon a massive socio-economic development programme of the area to banish poverty and, thereby, to the forces of militancy. He said that he was looking forward to the early completion of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) to help build the underdeveloped areas economically and to provide jobs to the people. He also asked for international assistance to Pakistan in meeting its energy challenges. The US National Security Advisor complimented the President for launching an effective operation against militants. He said that it was particularly helpful that war against militancy had broad-based public and political support. Earlier, Prime Minister, in his meeting with General Jones, underlined Pakistans strong anti-terrorist action and expressed his disappointment over the worlds response to help Pakistan defeat evil forces and provide relief to the dislocated people, had not been adequate. He urged the US to write off Pakistans debt to help overcome its immediate economic difficulties and make up for the economic losses it suffered as a frontline state in fight against terrorism. Prime Minister noted that while Pakistans anti-terror campaign in Malakand Division was nearing a successful conclusion, the promises of capacity building of its law-enforcement agencies still remained unfulfilled. He emphasised that once military action was over, these agencies would take over. It requires new recruitments, proper training and adequate equipment and should be provided a social safety net to cater for their families in case of casualties. Gilani said the dignified and honourable return of dislocated persons to their homes must be facilitated for winning the hearts and minds of people, for which the international community had to fulfil its responsibility. The Prime Minister also expressed his concern that there would be an influx of refugees from Afghanistan, in the aftermath of new deployment of NATO and US forces there. He called for stopping the drone attacks in order to ensure success of Pakistans strategy for isolating the militants from the tribes. The US National Security Advisor expressed his full agreement with the views of the Prime Minister and assured him that the US government would do every thing it could to help Pakistan. He lauded Pakistan Armys successful operation against terrorists and praised Prime Minister for his statesmanship in consensus building and taking the whole nation along on this issue. Monitoring Desk adds: US national security adviser Gen James Jones said Thursday that attacks like last years deadly siege in Mumbai must be prevented and vowed to help Pakistan and India improve their relations to combat the militant threat. We want to make sure that to the extent that we can be helpful, we will be helpful (to) both our friends in Pakistan and (in) India, Jones told a Pakistani private TV channel after the meetings with Pakistani leaders. We have to understand that the severity of the threats of extremism, of the possibility of another Mumbai-style attack cannot be allowed to happen. Jones commended Pakistans military as being one of the foremost and best professional armies in the world, adding that operation against militants was on the right track. Responding to a quesiton, Jones said that US was closely watching the performance of Pakistan army, its sensibility to help IDPs and all things are going tremendously well for the confidence-building measures in future. Jones said that United State would extend all its possible help to Pakistan to defeat the menace of terror. Obviously, James Jones said, financial assistance was one way while the course of military operation; mutual sharing of intelligence, and closer cooperation among various agencies and government would yield quite productive result. Jones said, our chance and strategy has a chance to success and it will not only bitter for Pakistan but also for entire region. Replying to a question pertaining to Pakistan-India dialogues, he said that United States would urge both Pakistan and India to look for its strategic solution for the peace in the region. He said that US would continue its every possible efforts to improve Pak-India relations. Jones said that US entire focus was on terrorism as it was the major hurdle in the way of progress and development at international level. He said that Pakistan played magnificent role in this connection. He said that war on terrorism has entered into decisive phase and US wished that Taliban from Afghanistan did not interfere and disturb the ongoing military operation against militants. He said that Afghan security forces and police will be given special training and be equipped with sophisticated weapons to stop Taliban infiltration into Pakistan from Afghanistan. While responding to a question, Jones said that Pakistan and US were important allies in war against terrorism and these relations are being strengthened. APP adds: The United States on Thursday vowed its continued backing for Pakistan-India dialogue to promote regional stability, with a senior American diplomat asserting that the two South Asian nuclear powers confront common challenges. We will also continue to support dialogue between Indian and Pakistani leaders. The timing, scope, and content of any such dialogue are strictly matters for Pakistani and Indian leaders to decide, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake said in Washington. In a testimony before a House of Representative panel on South Asia, the diplomat welcomed recent meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit in Russia on June 16. This marks the first meeting of the two leaders since the Mumbai terrorist attacks. Such high-level engagement in the aftermath of the attacks is encouraging. India and Pakistan face common challenges, and we will support continuing dialogue to find joint solutions to counter terrorism and to promote regional stability, Blake stated. The senior diplomats remarks came as Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani urged visiting US National Security Adviser James Jones in Islamabad on Washingtons role towards resolution of core Kashmir dispute and water issues between Pakistan and India. Islamabad says resolution of disputes with India will help it focus more comprehensively on fighting terrorism along its western border with Afghanistan and promoting stability in South Asia. During a recent visit to New Delhi, Blake reiterated the US position that a resolution of decades-old Kashmir dispute must take into account according to the wishes of Kashmiri people.