ISLAMABAD In the wake of persistent economic fragility, President Asif Ali Zardari has once again called upon the international community to support Pakistan for strengthening of its economy by overcoming severe energy and water crises. The government had taken difficult and unpopular decisions for economic recovery, the President told Vice President World Bank Ms. Isabel Guerrero who called on him at the Presidency on Thursday. Yusupha B. Crookes, Country Director, Thomas Buckley, Senior Country Officer for Pakistan and Satu Kahkonen, lead Economist of the World Bank, were also present during the meeting. From the Pakistani side, Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, Economic Advisor, Malik Asif Hayat, Secretary to the President, Secretaries Finance and Economic Affair Division were also present. The President called upon the Bank to consider financing energy and water sector projects in Pakistan on a priority basis. He said that severe energy and water crises were adversely affecting the economy and urged the Vice President to highlight various economic measures of Pakistan Govt to the international financial institutions to help solicit greater economic support. The President said that the democratic Govt inherited a weak economy and its resources were drained as a result of the ongoing war against militancy. It was now the moral obligation of the international community to step forward and help Pakistan compensate its colossal loss in terms of financial as well as human resources, the President said. Isabel Guerrero briefed the President about various projects of the Bank and thematic areas of financing by the Bank in Pakistan.