ISLAMABAD - Pakistan on Wednesday asked Britain to help stop the US missile strikes on its restive tribal areas and warned that the drone attacks, if continued, would bring irreparable harm to the ongoing war against terrorism. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who reached here Tuesday on a two-day official visit, held formal talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on different important issues of mutual interest with focus on war against terrorism and Pakistan's role in this regard. The trip was Miliband's second visit to Pakistan since the new Pakistani government took power after February elections. British Foreign Secretary also had separate meetings with Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and PML-N leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. During his meeting with Miliband, Foreign Minister Qureshi conveyed growing concern of Pakistani government as well as of the public over attacks from across the border into Pakistan's territory, according to officials privy to the talks. An official desiring not to be named said that the vital issue of the US missile strikes in Pakistani territory came up for discussion during all the meetings of British Foreign Secretary here in Pakistani capital. He said that the Pakistani leadership asked for Britain help in bringing halt to the drone attacks that, they believed, were harming the war on terror and also adding to the prevailing anti-US sentiments in Pakistan. According to an official statement, the British Foreign Minister also discussed matters relating to the European Union, the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Forum, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan's relations with India. Foreign Secretary Miliband called for greater coordination with Pakistan on security issues and the fight against terrorism. "Greater world attention is now on Pakistan as an important player not just in the fight against terrorism but also in the regional economic and security context," the statement quoted him as saying. Foreign Minister Qureshi told Miliband there was greater coordination and trust between the Pakistani and Afghan governments and a number of meetings and events had taken place. The British Foreign Secretary, who came to Islamabad from Afghanistan, also briefed the Foreign Minister on his visit. The Foreign Minister briefed his counterpart on the government's internal priorities and the concrete measures taken to meet the various challenges facing the country, including the government's multi-pronged strategy in the fight against terrorism, which was effective, showing results and had political and public ownership. The Foreign Minister briefed Miliband on the Composite Dialogue process with India and Pakistan's endeavours to improve relations all around. He also underlined that the important issue of water sharing must be resolved quickly under the Indus Basin Water Treaty. The British Foreign Minister stated that the UK was desirous and would encourage closer interaction between the two countries. The Foreign Minister underlined the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with the EU and the need for the EU to give greater market access to Pakistani goods, to which the British Foreign Minister agreed. After their meeting, the two Foreign Ministers had a brief chat with media. British Foreign Secretary praised Pakistan's increased dialogue with Afghanistan and India. He said the new "zeal" in Islamabad's foreign policy was vital as the region struggled with an intensifying insurgency. He said the reformation zeal and instinct of the government was coming to the fore in a positive way and gaining confidence of the international community. He said, "That is obviously true on the economic front." "It is also very significant for the policy dialogue that is being pursued with Afghanistan and India. I think that is very important in turning Pakistan outwards and making clear that it sees itself as a cooperative force for stability in the region," Miliband said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in his meeting with David Miliband appreciated UK's support in Friends of Democratic Pakistan Forum and expressed the hope that the forum would pave the way for substantive cooperation with Pakistan in the present security and economic fields. He said the three-tier Forum would meet regularly to help synergize activities of cooperation with Pakistan on different platforms with Forum's constituent members. The Prime Minister told the British Foreign Secretary on his government's priority to restore law and order situation through its campaign against terror and measures for shoring up the economy. He highlighted his government's emphasis on agriculture sector, on providing relief to the poorest of poor through Benazir Income Support Programme and negotiations with IMF. The Prime Minister called for UK's assistance in the EU for enhanced market access through GSP+ arrangement and FTA. He said Pakistan was looking forward to having UK's support to government of Pakistan's Roadmap presented at the New York Ministerial Troika Meeting for comprehensively upgrading relations with the EU as enhanced market access to Pakistan would not only help Pakistan's economy to flourish but would also help in our mutual efforts to counter-terrorism, the Prime Minister added. David Miliband said that Britain had important linkages with Pakistan in fighting terrorism and narcotics control and he said UK would continue its support to Pakistan in that regard. He said terrorism was a matter of global concern as it was for Pakistan. He said Pakistan had faced a lot of difficulties due to its frontline role in the war on terror and was still passing through a difficult phase. He also appreciated the government of Pakistan's new strategy to address the issue of terrorism. He said the British government agreed on the need to incorporate political and economic means besides security measures to confront the challenges of terrorism in Afghanistan. He expressed the desire to further enhance bilateral cooperation in the fields of education and against illegal migration. He asked the government of Pakistan to come up with comprehensive proposals in the fields of education for consideration at Ministerial meeting of Donors to Pakistan to be held on December 16, in New York. The Prime Minister apprised him that provision of universal primary education was one of the major priorities of his government and Pakistan would present concrete proposals to seek international assistance on that account. UK High Commissioner in Islamabad Robert Brinkley was also present during the meeting. APP adds: President Asif Ali Zardari said the multi-pronged strategy adopted by the new democratic government in the fight against terrorism had started showing results, however the unilateral strikes from across the border were not helping the situation. He was talking to British Foreign Minister, David Miliband, who is on a daylong visit to Pakistan and called on President Asif Ali Zardari here at the President House. He said the issue of terrorism was being dealt with on the political, economic and military fronts simultaneously and was aimed at bringing peace and stability to the region. The President said the effective strategy adopted by the government had full political and public ownership. The President conveyed to the British Foreign Secretary the growing concern of the government and the people of Pakistan over attacks from across the border into its territory. President Zardari also discussed with the British Foreign Secretary bilateral relations of Pakistan and the United Kingdom and the need for a more meaningful economic and trade partnership between the two countries. He was also appreciative of the lead role Britain was playing at the Friends of Pakistan Forum and the assistance the group had pledged for Pakistan's development, institution building, energy, stability and border areas. The President also sought support of United Kingdom for helping Pakistan gain greater market access in to the European Union. Foreign Minister Miliband said his country greatly valued its relations with Pakistan and assured full cooperation in all areas. He also appreciated the role of the around one million Pakistani-British who were working hard for the progress and prosperity of Great Britain.