ISLAMABAD - US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said on Tuesday that he had nothing to do with Iran-Pakistan-India Gas pipeline project. The US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan while talking to TheNation said that neither he had discussed the issue of Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) Gas Pipeline with any of the functionaries in Islamabad nor it had any link to his job. Asked to comment on TheNations report captioned US lures Pak away from IPI Gas Pipeline, he said, I was not the relevant person to comment. However, he added that his government was all-out to support Pakistan in ensuring the energy security. Meanwhile, official sources privy to the most of Halbrookes engagements insisted that Washington had conveyed to Islamabad between the lines that Pakistan should possibly avoid import of gas from Iran through the proposed pipeline. The sources further claimed that Dr Asim Hussain, former advisor to the Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources, was also forced to resign recently because he had been pushing the IPI project vehemently. The sources also pointed out that the reported objections raised by the intelligence agencies were also due to covert, if not unequivocal, the US opposition to the IPI project. Later, US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan called on President Asif Ali Zardari in the Presidency where both also dined. President Zardari sought greater market access for Pakistans goods in the US and European markets to revive its ailing economy hampered earlier due to United States-led war against Russia and now because of current wave of terrorism. In response to President Zardaris statement, Holbrooke said that the purpose of his visit was to refocus US policy about the region publicly and support Pakistan. Now that great success had been achieved in Swat and Malakand and the US could pay more attention to other areas of need, particularly meeting Pakistans energy needs, he pledged. The meeting was also attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Resources Syed Naveed Qamar, Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf, Secretary General M Salman Faruqui and Senator Sughra Imam. US Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson was also present at the meeting along with senior embassy officials. Matters relating to fight against militants, the forthcoming meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP), rehabilitation of internally displaced persons (IDPs), Pakistans energy needs and strengthening of civil law enforcing agencies were discussed in the meeting. Briefing journalists, Spokesperson to the President former senator Farhatullah Babar said, The President impressed upon the US envoy the need for allowing greater market access to Pakistani goods in the US and European markets. The President said that Pakistans industrial growth and export potential had been severely restricted first because the region was a theatre of war against the former Soviet Union and secondly due to rising militancy in the country as a consequence of the first. He said if these factors had not hampered the countrys progress, Pakistan today would not have been facing economic problems. The President said that the people of NWFP and Fata were enterprising and if assisted they could change the fate of the area. In this context the President emphasised the need for early adoption of legislation in the US Senate on Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs) and said that it would come as a great relief to the tribal people in their search for economic well-being and social and political stability. Richard Holbrooke appreciated Pakistans recent successes against militants and the beginning of orderly return of IDPs to their homes, Babar said. The special US envoy said that President Obamas decision to preside over along with President Zardari the forthcoming FoDP meeting reflected the US governments desire to support any initiative aimed at lending critical strategic and economic support to Pakistan in this hour. He said the US would also help Pakistan in overcoming its energy crisis. Holbrooke also pledged to continue support to a democratic Pakistan.