Islamabad: Pakistan seeks support to overcome poverty and other economic disparities to wean away the young from terrorist mindset, President Asif Ali Zardari has said. Poverty, lack of opportunities and sense of deprivation were among the main causes that contribute towards militancy, the President said on Tuesday while meeting Britain's Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander.

He said the international community needed to assist all those struggling to overcome these root causes that breed militant mindset.

Pakistan, he added, expected recognition of its 'countless sacrifices' in the war on terror.

“All we ask from the international community is to facilitate our trade and help us create economic opportunities for the youth and wean them away from militants,” he said.

Zardari added that Pakistan had paid a heavy price battling terror “and it was determined to pursue the struggle till its logical conclusion”.

(Agencies)