KARACHI US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said that the US was against martial law and favours continuation of democratic process in Pakistan. Responding to a question that US had always supported martial laws in the past, he said what happened in the past was a history and now the US government was supporting an elected government in Pakistan. He was addressing a joint Press conference with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House here on Wednesday night after visiting the flood relief camps in Thatta and Makli. He said the US has already initiated steps to help Pakistan and in that regard the US has already done what was promptly needed for flood affectees. When asked about the presence of US troops on Pakistani soil, he said there were no American troops in Pakistan and that a US ship which came into Pakistani waters recently had brought relief goods and helicopters from Gulf which were used for relief efforts and evacuation of people from flooded-hit areas. He said an amount of $15 million, which is part of the overall package of $7.5 billion sanctioned under Kerry-Lugar Law would be utilised for flood relief. 'The American Congress has specially sanctioned this amount for utilisation in flood relief efforts. Whatever amount the US is giving to Pakistan is meant for flood relief efforts and it has no link with war on terror which Pakistan is already fighting, Holbrooke added. He said both Pakistan and US are allies in the war against terrorism and militancy. Pakistan is facing difficult situation because of recent floods which has devastated large parts of country and destroyed basic infrastructure, he said, and, added Pakistan needed billions of dollars for the rehabilitation of the displaced persons and for rebuilding the infrastructure destroyed by the devastating floods. The devastation is so big that Pakistan cannot handle it single-handedly and would need support from the international community, he said. Earlier, the US envoy was briefed that Pakistans canal system had been destroyed completely and needed help for immediate rehabilitation. He was taken to a relief camp in Makli Stadium along with his entourage under strict security measures. Holbrooke was accompanied by US Ambassador Anne W Patterson and a 20-member delegation. The US envoy was driven to Circuit House at Makli where DCO Thatta presented a briefing about the flood situation. Agencies add: Our country has donated the most money and the most helicopters, Holbrooke, told reporters in Makli. Pakistan has to start all over again and the international community will be here to help them. Thats why we are here. The camp is just one example of the challenges facing a government accused of responding too slowly to the floods. Seventeen thousand people are still living in a graveyard six weeks after the flood. Some 200,000 people have no access to toilets, an ideal breeding ground for potentially fatal diseases. This is a time bomb waiting to explode, DCO Manzoor Ali Shaikh told Holbrooke in a presentation on the floods. One woman told Holbrooke she would not be able to go home for six months. The floods destroyed all of her fathers wheat crops. As his armoured motorcade sped back to the US navy helicopter which would take him back to Karachi, Holbrooke noticed a relief camp set up by Saudi Arabia. He made an unexpected stop and spoke to displaced farmer Faiz Mohammad. What do you know about America? Do you know the name of our President? he asked. The man said he knew nothing about either subject.