NEW YORK: - The root of terorism is political, not religious and the best way to deal with this scourage is through dialogue, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan has said. In an interview with a US television channel Wednesday night, he urged the United States to change its strategy of using brute military force to combat terrorism, saying it was only producing more terrorists. Appearing on anchorman Charlie Rose's talk show on Public Television System (PBS), Imran Khan said such a change in approach has also been recommended in a new report released by the Rand Corporation, a Washington-based think-tank. Military actions in which many civilians get killed trigger the Pushtun ethos of revenge leading to rise in militancy. That policy, he added, was breeding terrorists. Imran Khan, currently on a visit to the United States, warned Washington against sending troops into the tribal areas, saying such a course would be sheer "madness". Ninety percent of the effort to combat terrorism should be through political methods and only 10 percent should be left to the military. Dialogue and development would isolate the terrorists and help overcome the problem. At the same time, he dispelled American fears about a Taliban takeover of Pakistan, saying it could not happen as Pakistani people always vote for moderate politicians. The wholesale wipe out of religious parties in the last general elections was a testimony to the fact. Replying to a question about Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), he was confused: On the one hand, the agency is accused of being in league with militants groups, but why then the same groups are attacking the ISI itself as well as the Pakistan Army.  At the same time, he said he stood for the  ISI to operate under the government elected by the people of Pakistan. Questioned about the danger of Pakistani nuclear assets falling into the hands of terrorists, Imran Khan said the weapons were in the safe hands of the Pakistan Army, which he said is a strong institution. The Tehreek chief also said he has confidence in the new army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, whom he called a professional soldier. He was asked if President George W. Bush invited him for an exchange of views at the White House what would he tell him. Imran Khan replied that he would tell the U.S. leaders to change his terrorism strategy and use political, rather than military means to fight the menace. He would also tell him to stand with the people of Pakistan, not military dictators, in move to win the hearts and minds of the people. Democracy, the Tehreek chief said, is better equipped to deal with terrorism.