WASHINGTON - Ahead of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's three-day visit to this capital city, two American foreign policy experts have called for broad-based relationship with Pakistan designed to ensure that U.S. support would address the country's most pressing concerns. "The inconsistent, one-dimensional, military-dominated relationship between the United States and Pakistan needs to be more expansive, mutually reinforcing and include realistic agreements. Assistance should focus on three challenges that matter to Pakistan's people," Rick Barton and Karin von Hippel of the Center for Strategic and International Studies wrote in The Washington Post on Saturday. "Now, more than ever before, America needs to ensure that its support addresses the country's most pressing concerns, in full partnership with the people of Pakistan," they said in an op-ed piece. The two experts noted that the return of democratic rule has given rise to strong aspirations for success among the Pakistani people despite multiple challenges.   "The Pakistanis desperately want their newly elected civilian government to fulfill their country's promise---the United States should fully encourage the democratic opening during this critical period." The two experts, who recently visited Pakistan, endorsed a strategic approach, one that requires dramatic changes. In this respect, they called for encouraging fundamental rule of law reforms, a regional approach to curbing extremism and realization of U.S. aid benefits for the Pakistani people. The Pakistanis, for example, have received well Senator Joseph Biden's proposal on tripling economic assistance.   Proposing a regional approach to confront violent extremism, they said,  "Pakistan's neighbours -- notably Afghanistan, India and China -- are also interested in "draining the swamp" of extremist militants from the region. The proposed Pakistan-Afghanistan Jirga could be fully endorsed by international partners, so as to develop new means of guarding porous borders, de-radicalizing some militants, restoring traditional systems of justice, and capturing those who have already committed crimes. "At the same time, both India and Pakistan are finally experiencing 'Kashmir fatigue.' U.S. attention could help broker a lasting deal over the disputed territory". Meanwhile, an article in The Christian Science Monitor highlighted that "many Pakistanis want to see a stronger U.S. commitment to their country's democratic forces and development." South Asian expert Daniel Markey, who earlier this month called for an "adjusted, long-term commitment" to Pakistan and its tribal areas in a comprehensive report, told the paper about the importance of building institutional capacity and development efforts as a way to uproot extremism and ensure security.  "We need to transform the pillars of the partnership, but that's going to be tough," said Markey, a former State Department specialist, who is now working at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prime Minister Gilani's visit, the Monitor assessment noted, comes at a moment of heightened tensions on Pakistan-Afghanistan border and refers to the loss of Pakistani security personnel in a air strike on a Mohmand agency border post. It also refers to increase in deaths of American forces on the Afghan side of the border, particularly in a border post attack by militants this month.   Lisa Curtis, a former State Department adviser on South Asian affairs, told the paper that President George Bush should use Gilani's visit to ease these tensions. One way to do that, she argued, is to express total support for Pakistan's democratic transition. "This is the moment for the Bush administration and the US more generally to show support for a democratically elected government in Pakistan," she underscored.