WASHINGTON - Pakistan is asking the United States to rethink its use of drones to attack militant targets in the tribal areas, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Wednesday. In a television interview, the foreign minister, who is here to take part in the Obama administration's review of policy on Afghanistan and Pakistan, also urged Washington to transfer the technology of pilotless aircraft to Pakistan to enable it deal with the militants hiding along the Pak-Afghan border. "What I'm asking for is that they have to review the strategy vis-a-vis drones," Qureshi told the PBS network's 'NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.' "They feel they are advantageous because they have a tactical advantage, and they have carried out some successful strikes and taken out some high-value targets. That is correct. At the same time, there is a collateral damage that is linked to the drones and that has alienated people there. "Our approach, our government, the democratically elected government of Pakistan, is trying to approach the problem differently. We want to carry the people along, because we feel, if we want to win this fight, we cannot do it by military means alone. We've got to have the people of that area, the people of Pakistan, with us, and these drones alienate the people". The US missile strikes, he added, are counterproductive and have fanned an Islamist insurgency across northwest Pakistan. "If they are a necessity, then we are suggesting that the technology be transferred to Pakistan and that will resolve quite a few issues with the people of Pakistan," he said adding that he had not received a reply to the request. Qureshi and Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta are among delegations visiting Washington this week to take part in the review of US policy on the region. The meetings in Washington follow President Barack Obama's decision last week to send an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to battle Taliban insurgents, bringing US forces there to 55,000 by this summer. Agencies add: Ahead of his talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he already raised with her concerns about US drones that have killed wanted Al-Qaeda militants but also numerous civilians. On assessing the current strategy toward the region, the chief Pakistani diplomat underlined the need for a multifaceted approach as opposed to a unifocal military solution to border militancy. "What we are saying is, we've got to have a fresh look at how things need to be done. What we are saying is greater coordination between NATO forces, Pakistan, and Afghanistan will give early and more effective results. "What we are saying is, a holistic approach, as opposed to a military solution, is required. What we are saying is, a regional approach is what is required, as opposed to it just being focused on Pakistan and Afghanistan." In the interview, Qureshi defended the Swat peace agreement and correcting the misperceptions said the "arrangement is not with the Taliban." "The arrangement is with the local people of Swat. It is a local solution to a local problem. You have to understand what the problem is. The problem is quick dispensation of justice. Swat was a princely state before it was amalgamated into Pakistan in 1969. They had local courts and kind of a jury system of their own. And they gave quick and cheap justice." "Now, under the new system that was the - you know, when they came into the national mainstream, the system that was introduced was cumbersome, it was costly, and it was distant. So there was a popular demand to go back to the original system," he added. He said by entering into the agreement, the government has not compromised with the Taliban. Qaeda in the Swat Valley was "negligible if any." "The Taliban will not be in charge there. The government of Pakistan is going to be in charge there. We are not compromising with the Taliban. "What people have not understood is that we have taken the wind out of the sails of the extremists by introducing this quick dispensation of justice." "We have pushed Al-Qaeda out ... of Swat and we are going to drive them out of the tribal belt," he said. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hosted a dinner for Pakistani and Afghan foreign ministers Wednesday where the diplomats had discussions on crafting a comprehensive way forward in the insurgency-hit Pak-Afghan border regions. The three diplomats will hold formal talks as part of a three-way consultative process on Thursday on the Obama Administration's review of the US policy towards Afghanistan and Pakistan's border areas.