ISLAMABAD - US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Saturday and exchanged views on Raymond Davis case and Pakistan-US bilateral relations, sources said. Although the two liner official handout issued by the Presidency said that only the Pakistan-US bilateral issues were discussed. The sources informed The Nation that Raymond Davis case was discussed at length in the meeting that lasted for almost one hour. The sources said that Munter insisted on immediate release of Davis under the cover of diplomatic immunity and sought President Zardaris intervention in this connection. However, President Zardari requested Munter to wait for the court decision and there was no need for the United States to get so impatient. The President was of the view that Pakistan and the United States should better look beyond the Davis episode and focus on strengthening their strategic ties. The President also emphasised that US should not hurt feelings of Pakistanis as it would further promote anti-US sentiments, adding apart from legal implications Davis issue also had political ramifications. The President also made it clear that suspension of US aid under Kerry-Lugar Berman Act would be counterproductive and it would undermine the US strategic interests in the region. The sources said that upcoming visit of President Zardari to the United Sates also came under discussion. In a related development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs has sent its replies to the Ministry of Law for further submission to the Lahore High Court with regard to different petitions filed by the lawyers about Raymond Davis. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not yet addressed the question regarding certification of Davis diplomatic status. There is legal process and when courts will ask us we will do so, sources in the Foreign Office told The Nation requesting anonymity. Legal experts on issues such as diplomatic immunity are of the view that Vienna Conventions do not provide diplomatic immunity on matters of grave criminal nature. Online adds: President Asif Ali Zardari has said that if Pakistan and the United States want to win the war against terrorism, they would have to overlook minor political issues. In an article for a US newspaper, Washington Post, the president wrote that sentiments of Pakistani people should not be hurt because it breeds anti-US feelings in the country. Stopping the aid, pledged under the Kerry-Lugar Bill, due to Raymonds trial in Pakistan would be unwise and will undermine US strategic interests in South and Central Asia. In an incendiary environment, hot rhetoric and dysfunctional warnings can start fires that will be difficult to extinguish. He said that extremists in Pakistan went after democratic system whenever they got the chance of politicising issues, similar to the case of Raymond. The president urged the international powers to be patient and trust Pakistani governments strategy of uprooting militancy. It is finding a solution to this internal debate within Islam - about democracy, about human rights, about the role of women in society, about respect for other religions and cultures, about technology and modernity - that shall shape future relations between Islam and the West, he wrote. The president wrote our nation is pressed by overlapping threats. We have lost more soldiers in the war against terrorism than all of NATOs combined. We have lost 10 times the number of civilians who died on Sept 11, 2001. Two thousand police officers have been killed. Our economic growth was stifled by the priorities of past dictatorial regimes that unfortunately were supported by the West. The worst floods in our history put millions out of their homes. The religious fanaticism behind our assassinations is a tinderbox poised to explode across Pakistan. The embers are fanned by the opportunism of those who seek advantages in domestic politics by violently polarising society. We in Pakistan know our challenges and seek the trust and confidence of our international allies, who sometimes lose patience and pile pressure on those of us who are already on the frontline of what is undeniably a long war. Instead of understanding the perilous situation in which we find ourselves, some well-meaning critics tend to forget the distinction between courage and foolhardiness. We are fighting terrorists for the soul of Pakistan and have paid a heavy price. Our desire to confront and deal with the menace in a manner that is effective in our context should not become the basis for questioning our commitment or ignoring our sacrifices, the president wrote. If Pakistan and the United States are to work together against terrorism, we must avoid political incidents that could further inflame tensions and provide extremists or opportunists with a pretext for destabilising our fledgling democracy. The Raymond Davis incident in Lahore, which directly resulted in the deaths of three Pakistani men and the suicide of a Pakistani woman, is a prime example of the unanticipated consequences of problematic behaviour. The president wrote: We are committed to peaceful adjudication of the Davis case in accordance with the law. But it is in no ones interest to allow this matter to be manipulated and exploited to weaken the government of Pakistan and damage further the US image in our country.