Pakistan wants a N-Deal with U.S similar to that with India

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Washington, March 24 (ANI): While the United States has stated that it is committed to conduct a 'strategic dialogue' with Pakistan and not a nuclear deal, Pakistan is pursuing demand for a 'non-discriminatory nuclear deal', obviously hinting the US-Indian nuclear agreement.

This was clear in the opening remarks of the Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi here today.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said: "We hope non-discriminatory access to energy resources."

During his speech Qureshi reminded the United States' Secretary of State Hilary Clinton how Pakistan have always been there for the U.S. on different occasions, especially after 9/11 attacks and played an important role towards the cause of 'world peace'.

"Regionally, Pakistan is committed to the world community towards its efforts for peace," said Qureshi.

He also said: "Thousands of our people became victims of foreign sponsored sabotage."

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of States Hillary Clinton said the a stable Pakistan is important for the United States and both the countries need to work together to defeat terrorism.

Terming the Pakistan Army's role in fighting terror as "commendable" and underlining how U.S and Pak have always come together during critical times, Hillary said: "But the U.S. and Pak need to work together to defeat terrorism."

She also mentioned about the prevailing mistrust and misconceptions on both sides of the U.S.-Pak relationship.

But she said that "Stability in Pakistan is very important for us."

On a personal note, said Hillary, "Pakistan is close to my heart.

Pakistan is also home to many friends of mine."

Meanwhile, media reports stated that a hopeful Pak has sent 56-page list of demands to the U.S. he U.S. assured to pay heed to Pakistan's request of not just military help but also for nuclear civilian assistance.

U.S. has promised strategic dialogue but not the N-Deal, said media reports on Times Now. arlier, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who represented his country during today's talks, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other members of the Pakistani delegation held a series of meeting with US officials.

"Our talks were frank and candid. We conveyed Pakistan's plans and priorities and expressed our hope that the strategic dialogue will lead to a qualitative difference in the relationship between Pakistan and the US," Qureshi told reporters after holding a long meeting with influential Senator John Kerry, Congressman Howard Berman and members of their committees that deal with foreign affairs.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan submitted a wish list to Washington ahead of strategic talks, asking for pilot-less drones and helicopter gunships as well as economic and other aid, US and Pakistani officials said on Tuesday.

The 56-page document - set to be discussed during the talks in Washington - includes requests for more help in dealing with water and energy crises, greater cooperation between the ISI and S intelligence outfits, more helicopter gunships and other military hardware. Pakistan also wants a civilian nuclear energy cooperation deal with the US, and a role in any future peace alks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. (ANI)

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