ISLAMABAD (Agencies) - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton came face-to-face Friday with Pakistani anger over US aerial drone attacks in tribal areas along the Afghan border, a strategy that US officials say has succeeded in killing key terrorist leaders. In a series of public appearances on the final day of a three-day visit marked by blunt talk, Clinton refused to discuss the subject, which involves highly classified CIA operations. She would say only that there is a war going on, and the Obama administration is committed to helping Pakistan defeat the insurgents and terrorists who threaten the stability of a nuclear-armed nation. Clinton said she could not comment on any particular tactic or technology used in the war against extremist groups in the area. During an interview with several prominent female TV anchors, before a predominantly female audience of several hundred, one member of the audience said the Predator attacks amount to executions without trial for those killed. Another asked Clinton how she would define terrorism. Is it the killing of people in drone attacks? she asked. That woman then asked if Clinton considers drone attacks and bombings like the one that killed more than 100 civilians in the city of Peshawar earlier this week to both be acts of terrorism. No, I do not, Clinton replied. Earlier, US diplomat held open-air talks with representatives from the countrys northwest. One lawmaker alluded obliquely to the drone attacks, saying he had heard that in the United States, aircraft are not allowed to take off after 11 pm, to avoid irritating the population. That is the sort of peace we want for our people, he said through an interpreter. The lawmaker told Clinton that the Obama administration should rely more on wisdom and less on firepower to achieve its aims in Pakistan. One party leader in NWFP assembly assailed Clinton, saying US force was trapping the region in the Stone Age and advising the United States to negotiate an end to conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Your presence in the region is not good for peace because it stirs up frustration and irritation among the people, lawmaker Maulvi Kifiyat Ullah told Clinton, in remarks translated from Urdu. God has given you force, if wisdom can also be added, we can turn this world into a garden, get out of the Stone Age, start negotiations in Afghanistan, then in Pakistan, he added. Clinton welcomed the prospect of negotiations and defended the US-led operation in Afghanistan that ousted the Taliban regime after it refused to hand over Al-Qaeda leaders in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks. We agree on negotiations and wisdom, but we could not leave such a blatant attack unanswered after we had tried to resolve it peacefully. We look for a chance to do exactly what you propose, she said. During a live broadcast interview, a TV anchor told Clinton: It is not our war. It is your war. She drew a burst of applause when she added, You had one 9/11. We are having daily 9/11s in Pakistan. Capturing a feeling that Clinton heard expressed numerous times during her visit, one woman in the audience said, The whole world thinks we are terrorists. The woman said she was from the South Waziristan area where the Pakistani army is engaged in pitched battles with Taliban and affiliated extremist elements - and where US drones have struck with deadly effect many times. So many people in Pakistan think we are not helping at all and thats incredibly frustrating for us, she said in Islamabad, considered far more secure than the northwest. Were changing our aid approach because we need to do things that are highly visible in order to restore the awareness, she said. Clinton also was asked about her remark on Thursday that she found it hard to believe that Pakistani officials dont know where leaders of terrorist groups are hiding in Pakistan. On Friday, the US Secretary of State moved to temper her outburst. She hit out against Pakistans silence on the whereabouts of Al-Qaeda leaders, wrapping up a goodwill visit cautiously welcomed despite lingering distrust. Its in Pakistans best interest as well as our own that we try to capture and kill the leaders of Al-Qaeda because we believe this would be a very severe blow to terrorists everywhere, she told the women journalists. Lets work together to get that done, she added. I said 'I dont know if anyone knows. We in the US would very much like to see the end of the Al-Qaeda leadership and our best information is they are somewhere in Pakistan, she told the journalists. Clinton said Pakistans priority has to be focusing on those attacking you and said that Al-Qaeda was in league with those attacking the country. There was no immediate public response from Pakistan. A military statement released after her talks with Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani said only that they exchanged candid views on matters of mutual interest. Hillary defended her blunt talk on Pakistan in a series of morning television interviews aired in the US on Friday, saying it was important to have an open relationship between the countries even if it meant some tough words. I wanted to get that out on the table, because the Pakistanis have talked about a trust deficit and its a two-way street, Clinton said in an interview shown on NBCs Today Show. We have questions, they have questions. In an interview aired on ABCs Good Morning America, Clinton said the two countries needed to be more open with each other. I want to have the kind of relationship where we really are talking honestly about everything between us - because theres just too much at stake, she said. It will not be sufficient to achieve the level of security that Pakistanis deserve if we dont go after those who are still threatening not only Pakistan but Afghanistan and the rest of the world. In an interview with CNN, Clinton noted that she had been asking a question of Pakistan but did prejudge the answer. She also said the US applauded Pakistans resolve for going after Taliban extremists. But lets not forget, they (the Taliban fighters) are now part of a terrorist syndicate that, in sort of classic syndicate terms, would be headed by Al-Qaeda, she told CNN. Asked if she thought Pakistan was harbouring terrorists, Clinton replied, I dont think they are. ... But I think it would be a missed opportunity and a lack of recognition of the full extent of the threat, if they did not realise that any safe haven anywhere for terrorists threatens them, threatens us, and has to be addressed. Clinton said Pakistan would never escape terror without disposing of Al-Qaeda. We dont know where and I have no information that they know where but this is a big government. You know, its a government on many levels. Somebody, somewhere in Pakistan must know where these people are, she said. And wed like to know because we view them as really at the core of the terrorist threat that threatens Pakistan, threatens Afghanistan, threatens us, threatens people all over the world, Clinton told radio journalists. I think it is absolutely clear and I am convinced that you will never rid Pakistan of the threat of terrorism unless you rid it of Al-Qaeda. I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are and couldnt get them if they really wanted to, she had said. She sought to reach out to Pakistani students and media, which is frequently highly critical of the US, while also visiting religious sites and pledging shoulder-to-shoulder support.