ISLAMABAD Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi got offended on Thursday when he was asked if the US would press Pakistan to do more in war against terrorism during the upcoming strategic dialogue scheduled for March 24 in Washington. Gone are the days when the US used to press Pakistan to do more. Now we are going to demand of the US to do more, he said while answering a question during the weekly Press briefing at Foreign Office. The Foreign Minister further said that Pakistan had suffered more than any other country in terms of the casualities and economic losses. The world has acknowledged Pakistans sacrifices in the war against terrorism, he said. There is no room for urging Pakistan to do more, Qureshi added. Look, we have practically proved in Swat and other areas that we are fully committed to the cause of eliminating terrorism and extremism from Pakistani soil. Now we need more assistance to go ahead against the militants and extremists, therefore, we will ask the world, especially the US, to do more, the Minister maintained. He underscored the need for removing trust deficit between the US and Pakistan and added that it would be the focal point of the upcoming talks. He demanded of Washington to follow up words with action. It is pertinent to note that Qureshi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are scheduled to lead talks in Washington starting from March 24. The talks (Strategic Dialogue) are likely to focus on boosting the economy and security of Pakistan, a much-trusted ally in war on terror. I believe our forthcoming dialogue will provide a good opportunity to rebuild confidence and trust on both sides, Qureshi said quite optimistically. He told reporters that Pakistan wanted these talks to be broad-based and result oriented. I am proposing a completely different format for interaction between the two countries, he said. Referring to the series of strategic dialogues held between Pakistan and the US in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and elaborating his format of interaction Qureshi said that unfortunately past engagements were not successful and now Pakistan was heading with entirely new framework. The new framework includes proposal of an annual Foreign Ministers engagement and biannual meeting of Foreign Secretary and US envoy Holbrooke, Qureshi told reporters. Qureshi admitted before the journalists during the briefing that the discussions in the past did not yield desired results, however, he said Pakistan wants to lay down foundation of a deeper and mutually beneficial partnership with the United States. I hope this time talks would yield results, Qureshi said. It is important to note here that Obama administration has sought to engage more deeply with Pakistan, which has long seen Washington as interested only in securing its military cooperation in the fight against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. In January, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled a long-term, non-military strategy to stabilise both Afghanistan and Pakistan where anti-American sentiment is all-time high. New strategy includes a plan for sending dozens of staff from the US Agency for International Development and other personnel to Pakistan by the end of the year to enhance oversight of contracts and improve the management of programmes developed with Pakistan. The programme also includes boosting Pakistans capabilities to fight militancy and extremism in the country, especially at its Western border. Pakistan will table a proposal of 10 tracks of sectoral engagements in economy, energy, defence, education, science and technology, counterterrorism strategic stability and non-proliferation, health, communication, agriculture and public diplomacy during these talks , said Qureshi. He said his engagements in Washington would 'contribute to a better understanding of each others position'. The US needs to understand our concerns both in the realm of security and economic development and we hope it will do so, he added. Agencies add: Qureshi said he is proceeding to Washington along with a high-level delegation for the fourth round of Pakistan-US Strategic Dialogue where he would present the countrys point of view in an effective manner. He expressed the confidence that an in-depth exchange of views on all matters of bilateral cooperation would enable both sides to develop broad policy parameters for taking forward their relations in the 21st century. The Foreign Minister said prior to engagements with the United States, a process of consultations within the country has already been initiated to firm up our position. The Prime Minister, who chaired a high-level meeting a few days back, held another meeting Thursday to prepare for the dialogue. The Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and Army Chief met with President Thursday in this connection. The Army Chief visited Foreign Office a few days ago and in-depth discussions were held on foreign policy and security-related issues, he added. He said the internal process is aimed at pinpointing the priorities in terms of agenda and what structure and mechanism is to be ensured for effective follow up. Qureshi said the dialogue this time is being held in the backdrop of changed scenario and some positive developments. He said there is new administration in the United States that has come out with a new comprehensive strategy with emphasis on civilian surge. He said here is also democratically elected government in Pakistan. He pointed out that the two sides have a broad based partnership to focus equally on economic and social issues. He said financial resources worth 15 billion dollars for ten years are available in the shape of Kerry-Lugar Bill for sustaining a long-term relationship. The Foreign Minister pointed out that Pakistan has delivered in the last eighteen months and it is being accepted internationally that the country carried out successful military operations in Swat, Malakand and tribal areas. He said Pakistan is no longer a safe haven for terrorists as they are running to other destinations. The Minister said Pakistan has also developed a political consensus against extremism and terrorism and there is now political ownership of the war against terror. He said there was a change of perception vis-a-vis Pakistan in the international community that became clear during London Conference. He said the world also recognises that Pakistan can play a key role in stabilisation of Afghanistan and President Karzai during his recent visit to Islamabad requested Pakistan to play a role in the process of reconciliation in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan would also emphasise that reciprocity, mutual respect, mutual benefit and mutual trust play key role in the bilateral relationship. The Foreign Minister said his message to Washington would be: We have been talking a lot and time has come to deliver. Replying to a question, the Foreign Minister said drone attacks are violation of Pakistans sovereignty and the issue was taken up with the United States in the past and would again be raised during the forthcoming dialogue. He said Pakistan has been stressing the need for reviewing the latest screening rules in the US for Pakistani passengers. The Foreign Minister said there is linkage between regional stability and Pakistans eastern borders. He said Pakistan has shifted 140,000 troops to its western borders but it doesnt mean that the country is oblivious to what is happening on the eastern border. He said Pakistan doesnt believe in arms race but it cannot close its eyes to large-scale weaponisation by India. He told a questioner that there is clarity in India about relations or dialogue with Pakistan. He said Pakistan does not want talks for the sake of talks with India and wants the dialogue to be resulted oriented. About Indian position that they want a step-by-step approach, the Foreign Minister pointed out that the composite dialogue is aimed at that. Asked whether Pakistan would raise the question of its recognition as nuclear weapons state during the strategic dialogue, the Foreign Minister said Pakistan is already a de facto nuclear weapons state and world recognises that. He said the fact remains the same whether or not other acknowledge this publicly. Meanwhile, the US embassy in its statement said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi will co-chair the talks. The embassy said President Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton have repeatedly stressed the breadth and depth of the US-Pakistan relationship, a partnership that goes far beyond security.